Busyness and purpose look a lot alike...but that doesn't mean you're fulfilling any purpose just by being busy. I've had almost 8 months of being jobless to see the difference close-up and personal.
They have so many of the same characteristics which is what makes it so confusing for all of us.
- Both will usually involve a job.
- You still must choose priorities with both.
- Both can consume your time.
- Your mind may be going in 100 different directions with both.
- There is activity involved.
- Time may seem of the essence with both.
- Both may pay your salary.
- Both may make you tired.
Purpose is a direction or vision God has placed in your life. There will be goals to reach but, most importantly, lives will be changed. When God gives your life purpose, He not only has a way for you to affect other people's lives, but your life will also be transformed in the process. You'll grow, learn, gain wisdom, and hopefully be fulfilled and content. You may grow tired as you work, but there's a heart peace that you're right where you're supposed to be.
Busyness may make you feel important because there is so much activity and demands being made on you. People around you may even make you feel needed and indispensable. But busyness just leaves you feeling washed out and tired and questioning why you're here.
Your purpose in life may change with the seasons of your life. But if you're only drawing a paycheck and feeling continually empty, it may be time to go to God and ask Him for direction, for vision, for purpose.
"For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]." Ephesians 2:10