A few days ago, I took my daughter to pick up her very first job application. With this came explanations on my end on how to fill it out, what the process looks like, and what to expect if she got a call (insert mom tears here that my baby is no longer a baby).
As she finished up the application, she got to the end of it that had a lot of “legalese.” She asked me what all of it meant, and after reading through it, I explained to her what it meant in layman’s terms. Her response? “Why didn’t they just say that?”
In her mind, this long legal paragraph was written out in a very complicated way and had a whole lot of extra in it that felt unnecessary. In her mind, they could have said those six or so sentences in the one sentence I summed it up to her in. And I thought to myself, “Wow, she’s right—why didn’t they just say that?”
I later thought to myself, “How often are we all guilty of overcomplicating something that could be so simple?” I know I’m 100% guilty of this. I’m a self-proclaimed (but working on it) over-thinker. Lots of “what ifs” “what would happens” frequent my mind quite often. These questions have often come about during my journey of uncovering my purpose.
I truly believe it’s not meant to be difficult to find and live in our purpose. Yes, it involves some self-reflection, some hard work, and some prayer, but it shouldn’t be as difficult as we often make it.
When I think back over the years, I can see how the characteristics that I have that lend themselves to my purpose have always been there. Yet how many times did I try to take a detour, and change lanes before the right exit (ohhh…check out that top of my head analogy! 🙂 )
Our purpose in life already exists within us. What that means is we have to tap into ourselves and pull it out. There’s no one right way to do this that works for everyone yet I do believe if we leave God out of the equation, we place ourselves in a position of overcomplicating things.
The reward of living in our purpose is a life fulfilled that brings about a joy and peace that no one can take from you. That is my hope and prayer for so many.
Today I encourage you to stop and think about the things in your life that have been overcomplicated. Life is going to throw some unexpected things our way that will—guess what—complicate our lives. We certainly don’t want or need to add unnecessarily to these things that are going to inevitably happen.
If you’re struggling with uncovering your purpose, may I suggest maybe doing a significant amount of time self-reflecting or maybe asking those closest to you (who you trust!) what they see in you. You may be surprised at what they see that you don’t. And who knows, you may find yourself asking, “Why didn’t you just say that?!”
“This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.” Ecclesiastes 7:29