Do not ask yourself what the world needs. But ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. What the world needs is people who have come alive. -from “Dare to Desire” by John Eldredge
How alive are you? Are you alive with passion and zeal? Or, are you dying, overloaded with burdens and worries? Are you soaring while living out your own script, or are you barely getting by while living out someone else’s script for your life?
There will be seasons in our life where it is all we can do just to exist, but if those seasons turn into a lifetime, or if we feel there just seems to be something missing, we need to ask ourselves the question “What make us come alive?” For it is the answer to that question that will turn our deadness into life.
Each of us has our own answer to that question—for there is no other you. Your personality, your skills, your traits are all a part of you for a reason, for a purpose that no one else can fulfill. And that purpose is related to what makes you come alive.
How do you find the very things that stir your soul? Let me suggest several ways to start exploring what makes you come alive.
What movies do you never tire of watching? Watch them again. Think about why you like them. What is it about the story, about the characters that draw you in? Adventure? Relationships? Strong personality? Truth? Explore what it is, for that will tell you a lot about what makes you come alive.
Or, re-read your favorite books. What is it that you like about the story, or the topic? What attracts you to the book again and again?
Or, who are the people you most admire? Why? What is it about them that you respect or that you want to be like?
As you begin to explore your likes and dislikes, you’ll begin to discover your purpose, that very thing that makes you come alive. May each of us find that purpose so that we can be people that are truly alive.