You Have A Purpose

“Are you having a rough day?  Place your hand over your heart.  Feel that?  It’s called purpose.  You’re alive for a reason.  Don’t give up.” – unknown


I love that quote.  It came from a depression support page on Facebook that I follow and it’s stuck with me ever since.  If you’re interested, the page is My Depression Scars and there are links to it and other similar pages on my Facebook page as well should you want to browse them.

I get a lot from these pictures.  Whether they are from My Depression Scars or Self Harmers or TobyMac, I find encouragement from them and so I thought I’d share one with you this morning.

How many times do you sit there and wonder why?  Why am I going through the things I’m going through?  What is the point of it?  How am I meant to carry on?  Why?  What?  How?  It’s when questions like these surface that purpose quickly becomes the enemy.  We feel we have no purpose, that there is no need for our suffering.  That tips us into the trap of thinking everything is pointless.

If you’re like me, thoughts like those are never too far away.  Perhaps they come at night when you’re lying in bed, trapped in another sleepless night.  Maybe they are there when you’re surrounded by friends or strangers, seeing how happy they are and how normal their lives appear to be.  Wherever they crop up, they’re usually close by.

They’re haunting.

Purpose and YouPut your hand over your heart.

If you’re reading this this morning, perhaps you’re in a similar place to me; perhaps those thoughts of pointlessness and uselessness are threatening to overwhelm you.  If that’s the case – or even if you’re currently on a good, positive note – I’d like to encourage you.

You have a purpose.

“Are you having a rough day?  Place your hand over your heart.  Feel that?  It’s called purpose.  You’re alive for a reason.  Don’t give up.” – unknown

You might not feel as though you have a purpose but let me take those questions I mentioned earlier and replace them with some other questions.

Who knows what you’re going through?  How often do they watch you without you knowing it?  How often do you bring them encouragement or strength simply by carrying on?  Do they take encouragement simply from knowing you are going through similar things to them, meaning they are not alone?

Read those questions again.  Consider them for a moment with me.  Think about them.  It might be that you know some answers to those questions.  It might be that you don’t.  Whether you know them or not, though, I’d encourage you to remember that you have a purpose.  Even if it’s just your silent presence that brings some form of light into someone else’s darkness, you have a purpose.

I’ll say that again: you have a purpose!

You may not feel as if you do but believe me, you do.  I’ll be honest with you, even if all you do is read my posts on a weekly or monthly basis, that’s still a purpose because you are bringing me encouragement and a motivation to continue blogging.  Even if there was just one of you, that would bring me that desire to blog.

You’re Not Alone

Are you struggling today?  Caught in a depressive spiral or anxiety snap?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Connect with us through the Pushing Back the Shadows network, whether that’s through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or through our emails.  If we can support you in any way, we would love to try.  We don’t have all the answers, that I cannot promise, but we will do our best to bring you encouragement or support.  Alternatively, check out the forums and connect with other like-minded people, others who share similar stories.

Remember: you are not alone.

I’ll say it again: you are not alone.

Keep holding on.  Remember to breathe and remember that even if all you did today was breathe, you’re still doing well.  Stay strong.

If you’re struggling to find that purpose, I talk about finding purpose and also what I believe purpose to be, so why not check those out? 

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Author: Alex Davies

Alex Davies is the creator and writer for Pushing Back the Shadows. Find out more about his journey here and connect with him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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4 thoughts on “You Have A Purpose”

    1. Everybody’s person is different, that’s why we’re individuals. It’s something for us to discover, that’s part of life. Something that gives you joy, that gives you a reason to keep going. It’s not something that we can necessarily identify in others, as even if we know them well, we can’t always see it. It’s something we have to discover for ourselves.

  1. Another very well written post Alex. I will be downloading and favouriting this post so that I have access to it whenever I need a little reminder. Especially for those moments where “I am not alone, but I am lonely” (far too often) Thank You once again for a very inspirational post.

    1. You’re welcome, and thank you for your encouraging feedback 🙂 I’ve been reading a number of the comments that you’ve left, and I’m glad you find the blog so useful. Keep hanging in there!

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