How to Have More Meaning and Purpose

Do you have days when you want to have more meaning and purpose in life? Often, when we are having a difficult time or struggle with hopelessness and depression, we long to infuse our days with more meaning and purpose.

After experiencing a life-altering loss, my world went darker. The sadness and depression made me wonder about the meaning and purpose of my days. I would wake up and ask the Lord to give meaning and purpose to a day that seems empty and meaningless without the love and support of the loved one I lost.

How to Have More Meaning and Purpose

I want to share with you three ways how to have more meaning and purpose in life, even when we struggle with feelings of sadness, sorrow, and hopelessness

These three ways are based on investing in relationships and meaningful activities because they fuel our sense of purpose and identity.

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How to Have More Meaning and Purpose

Investing in Our Relationship with God

Investing in our relationship with God is the first thing that can boost our sense of meaning and purpose. Since we are created in God’s image and with the purpose of having a loving relationship with God, having fellowship with God strengthens our identity and gives meaning to our days.

We can start our days with a simple prayer asking God to carry us through the day and to give us direction, meaning, and purpose. We can engage in prayer throughout the day, whenever we feel sad, anxious, or empty.

Reading and meditating on God’s Word is a great way to boost our sense of purpose. God’s Word is full of encouraging truths regarding our value and identity and how to live an intentional and purposeful life. God wants us to live to the fullest every day.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Investing in Our Relationship with Ourselves

Life and everything that happens to us teach us a lot about ourselves and our purpose. Every change, transition, or loss that we experience helps us discover more about ourselves and why we are here. Life events (good or bad) have the potential to enrich our lives and help us live more from our hearts. It is up to us to be willing to accept the lessons buried in each experience. Every learned lesson adds wisdom, maturity, and more purpose to our lives.

Another useful way to add more purpose and meaning to our lives is to tap into our calling to create. Everyone has creative potential. When we engage in it and use our creativity in the daily tasks and our work, this increases our sense of purpose. Try doing something creative every day and you will see how this adds joy and meaning to your day.

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Investing in our Relationship with Others

Since we are relational beings, investing in our relationships with others boosts our sense of meaning and purpose. Giving and receiving love is invaluable when we want to have a meaningful life. 

When we try every day to help, encourage, or serve at least one person, this contributes extensively to our well-being and sense of purpose. The world needs every one of us with our unique personalities, experiences, strengths, and weaknesses. God has placed us in our unique places in the communities to love and serve each other.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

The Purpose of Life

We can summarize the purpose of the human life on this earth in implementing the greatest commandment: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-38).

When we invest ourselves every day in loving God by obeying His word and loving our neighbors, our days will have more meaning and purpose, so we can live a deeply enriched life. Loving God and creating with God are the two major ways leading to a fulfilled life.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

More Resources to Help You Find Meaning and Purpose

If you need additional resources to help you find more meaning and purpose, I can highly recommend these books.

Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus by Sarah Geringer

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Forward: Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow by David Jeremiah

People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership by John Townsend

Dream Big by Bob Goff

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

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Your Turn

In which of these three areas do you need to invest more so you can increase your sense of meaning and purpose? Share in the comments. If you have found this post helpful, please share it on social media. Thanks!

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16 Replies to “How to Have More Meaning and Purpose”

  1. These are awesome suggestions for how to have more meaning in life. I really like investing in relationships and having a relationship with God.

  2. Great article on how to have more meaning and purpose. I like to invest some time in myself and do creative things. I usually focus so much time on other that I forget about taking care of me.

    1. Thanks a lot, Gina! Yes, it is easy to forget to take good self- and soul-care. I am happy that you found the post helpful.

  3. Thanks for sharing about how to find more meaning and purpose. I agree that investing in relationships with others makes a huge difference. It encourages others while helping me take the focus off of myself. I need to keep that in mind today and everyday.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Yes, you are right – investing in our relationships with others helps us take the focus off ourselves and adds joy and meaning to our lives.

  4. This was such a good blog post and God bless you for your wisdom. Investing in God, ourselves and others. After all love God and loving others as ourselves are the most important commandments. Thank you for sharing this post xxx

  5. With the busyness of life, I definitely don’t invest enough time in myself. I love being creative, so this was a great encouragement to make sure I’m putting time towards that!

    1. Thanks, Kara! I am happy you found this post encouraging. Yes, being creative is a great way to add more joy, meaning, and purpose to our days.

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