Our Life Purpose: What Is It for All, and for Each of Us?

by Percival J. Meris on August 1, 2010

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ALL HUMANS HAVE A LIFE PURPOSE. But most do not know, or even bother to know, it. They spend their lifetimes eating, sleeping, making love, and working to earn a living – all of which are instinct-driven. For them, life has no meaning.

Fortunately, there are those who find meaning in their lives. They know and understand their life purpose, and live according to it.

Life Purpose for All of Us

Our primary life purpose is to re-create ourselves to “perfection”.

Creation is God’s work. Re-creation is man’s work.

God creates us, the spirit – we re-create that spirit into soul. That part of our being we identify as the mind, the will, and the emotion comprise this soul. He provides us with an earthly body to use as tool in re-creating the spirit.

Character Formation: Our Primary Life Purpose

By forming character – either by chance or by choice – we re-create spirit into soul. How we create the soul is all up to us. Shape it into an ordinary work of art, or sculpt it into a grand masterpiece. So, why leave creation to chance, when we can do it by choice?

Character formation by choice starts with deliberate choice of thoughts. Thoughts stimulate emotions and activate the will, moving the body into action. All acts we habitually do as a result of thought define our character. Therefore, as Theosophist Annie Besant said, “thought creates character.”

Character is formed in the context of trials and tribulations, which we experience through our bodies. If we want to strengthen our muscles, we must apply resistance to it. So with the soul. Against the backdrop of life’s difficulties, in which it is tempting to give up our moral principles, we train ourselves to be steadfast and faithful to our moral convictions.

Hellen Keller aptly put it: “Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened…” The great Chinese philosopher Confucius once expressed it in another way: “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man without trials.”

“Character Is Destiny” ~ Heraclitus

Character is the single determining factor to our final destiny. Character formation is what we came here for.

Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
— Charles Reade

Our final destiny is to blend our “perfected” souls with the Perfect Being, the Fountainhead of Eternal Bliss. Of course, as Confucius pointed out, “we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters.”

Woe to those who do not realize, but laugh at this idea, instead! Woe to those, whose visions are myopically focused solely on this temporary, fleeting earthly life! Even a hundred twenty years of earthly existence is not even a speck of dust in the vastness of the entire universe, compared to eternity. What will they be after that?

Whatever condition (as a result of lifetime formation) the soul may be in at the time of death will persist long after death. Earthly lifetime was man’s only opportunity to re-create his spirit, and his earthly body was his tool for making (or breaking) it. Now, when his body is gone, what then…?

A Second Chance to Fulfill Our Primary Life Purpose

But I believe that God in His Bountiful Mercy will not allow us to suffer eternity for wasted opportunity on earth. Should we be overtaken by death in the course of this re-creation work, we shall be given another chance to continue the work in a next lifetime.

Through a cycle of birth and rebirth, this process will continue on and on, until we have fully achieved our life purpose. Only when we shall have achieved “perfection”, will this cycle stop. We shall now have made ourselves worthy of blending with the Supreme Perfect Being.

Life Purpose for Each of Us

Individually, each of us has a secondary life purpose of fulfilling a specific mission for humanity. Our missions are different from one another, but all have as their common goal to improve the quality of each other’s life, that each might achieve with greater ease his primary life purpose.

How to Discover Our Secondary Life Purpose

Each of us has been endowed with a special talent that we can use to achieve our mission. This talent will manifest itself in the quality of our work and in the passion with which we perform it. Our job is to blend this unique talent with service to others.

If we follow our natural tendencies and give way to our passions, we would discover what our individual mission in this world is. Those who heed this passion are among the happiest people on earth.

To learn a simple formula for finding your mission through your passion, read this article written by my blogger-friend Steven Borgman. Here, he discusses a 3-part formula, and teaches you how to put them together to form a mission statement.

A Life Purpose Thought to Live By

God created us, because He loves us. He did not create us for His own sake, but for our own, that we may find happiness in Him after earthly life. To re-create ourselves and to serve our fellow human beings. Those are man’s two-fold God-ordained life purposes.


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Ali (Soulful Body & Mind) August 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Thank you for these words, Percival.

I agree, we have to live out our purpose. I always find it sad when someone aimlessly goes through life without rhyme or reason. Especially, when they have quality innate gifts and abilities.

For me, I knew my purpose was to help others. For the most part of my life, I just didn't know how I was suppose to go about it. You have to look within your higher self for these answers. Only when I put forth effort and asked the Universe for clarity, is when I received my mission. I can only hope that more people follow their trail. But, you have to find it first!

Percival J. Meris August 7, 2010 at 4:34 am

Thanks for your comment, Ali.

I suppose you know by your experience it is wonderful to live life that has full of meaning because you know our life purpose and live according to it. People like you who know their life purposes enjoy every work that they do in fulfillment of their missions. And when they feel their life missions are done, they will be persons who will feel they have lived a good life, and will not be afraid to leave planet earth to graduate to a higher level of mission.

steveborgman August 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Percival, you are truly wise in saying that character is one of our primary life purposes. When we focus on character rather than on material things altogether, we are going to experience a deep level of satisfaction that makes life worth the struggles.

steveborgman August 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Percival, you are truly wise in saying that character is one of our primary life purposes. When we focus on character rather than on material things altogether, we are going to experience a deep level of satisfaction that makes life worth the struggles.

Percival J. Meris August 15, 2010 at 12:17 am

Steve, thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. I am glad you see my point. It is so sad to think a lot of people still miss it, even if they have been educated about it. Just imagine how wonderful this world would be if people just focus on their true purpose of life.

Sibyl - alternaview August 16, 2010 at 2:06 am

Percival: Great post. I really liked the question you posed in the beginning and thought it was very poignant. “Why leave creation to chance, when we can do it by choice?” I think it really points to the power we have to take control of our own thoughts and shaping our character. Once we really understand this reality and take advantage of it, life can unfold in the most amazing ways. Great post.

Percival J. Meris August 16, 2010 at 3:51 am

Thank you for your comment, Sibyl. Man is, perhaps, the only creature given free will by God. That elevates our status from the rest of creation.

By choosing to create a masterpiece out of ourselves, we are rewarded the joy of fulfillment, in the same way when a person enjoys this feeling when he creates a masterpiece out of an object or another person. Why not get that same enjoyment from the product of self-creation?

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