Purpose And Desire: One and the same?

29 Nov

As I got into my car this morning, these two words popped into my head; purpose and desire. I said to myself, No! Not this morning, my head is jam-packed already. I have proposals to write, I have solutions to review and more importantly, I have Christmas budget to finalize. The budget is a bigger headache with the dwindling purchasing power, a no match for expenses and ever rising cost on all fronts.

But it just won’t go away, is there a reason or purpose to this or is it just me desiring to click on my laptop keyboard once again after a long absence from jotting down my thoughts? I slowly began to turn the words in my head as I made my way to the office. My quiet time was spent dwelling more on purpose and desire. It then dawned on me that this won’t pass until I face it, so here we go ….

On the assumption that we understand what both mean, the question that immediately comes to mind is are there differences between the two? I know I sometimes confuse the two and it’s not surprising, I want to believe am not the only one. We sometimes find it difficult to separate our purpose in life from our desires, thus sometimes reducing our life purpose to a collection of self-gratifying desires.

Desire can sometimes lead you to ask the questions; what’s in it for me, what do I get out of it? It is about what you came to get or take so you may be applying only a small part of your ability. On the other hand, purpose is about principles which revolve around your identity. It brings meaning to your life, it is who you are, what you stand for, and it is your capacity to give from the heart and it is the true definitive expression of self.

So can we simply say that purpose is giving and desire is taking?

It is more intriguing when you realize that until you discover your purpose, it will be difficult to know which desires are valuable or self-gratifying. Desires are legitimate and have values as long as they are aligned with a purpose, then the two are faultlessly in harmony.

Take a moment and consider your purpose in life and your desires; see if they check out with each other. Purpose is about service to oneself and more significantly, others. It therefore requires absolute dedication, focus, courage depending on the degree of opposition one may face. The need to be unconditionally resolute and fixated on the path of purpose must not be compromised. On the other hand, one often give up on desires because it is a wish, a longing, a craving, a request, a desire to or a desire for….

So which shall it be?


Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Life, Personal


9 responses to “Purpose And Desire: One and the same?

  1. Debola

    November 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Clear view on the difference between desire and purpose…. Wonderful piece!

  2. Christian O.

    November 30, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Nice write-up. I agree with your assessment and also on how purpose and desire should checkout in harmony. I believe that while purpose is also attributed and believed to be the reason God created one on earth from a religious standpoint, desire in my view is however generally transient and varies with the various phases of one’s life…. right from youth to adulthood.

  3. renny

    November 30, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Your desire forms your purpose

  4. Vina abulu

    November 30, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Your desire, cos it’s something u want. Fulfilling ur desires, will fulfill ur purpose. That’s how I see it.

    • renny

      November 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Exactly my stand point

  5. Annie

    December 1, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Wonderful piece!!!

  6. Ajiroghene Ayokunle

    December 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Brilliant submission!

    Desire guides or forms Purpose. Ultimately, it will be Purpose for me.

  7. ayomide Adewunmi

    December 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Ephesians 2:10 says it all, “we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” ESV. Now that is purpose, what God’s original intention was that He had planned from eternity long before we were formed in our mothers wombs. No wonder God said to Jeremiah”before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you we’re born, I consecrated or separated you; and appointed you a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5, For Apostle Paul his purpose is stated in Acts 26:16-18. Jesus’s purpose is stated in Isaiah 61:1-3.! Purpose talks about God’s plan for our lives. It is for that we will render an account when we ultimately see Him in glory! It is for that we will or not earn a “well done, good and faithful servant” Mathew 7:21-223 succinctly explains the importance of purpose and why we need to take it very seriously. The place to start with the search for purpose is Mathew 7::7, Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:3

    It is also worthy of note that even the devil has in place a purpose for each life created by God.

    As for desire, it talks about our longings, our longings for this and that. We NOT God are in control here and the major determinants of what that should or would be,, either for God, the things of God or for other things. It is strictly our prerogative as to what that would be and our leanings too.

    However our desires do have the power to take us either in the path of life or out of the path of life depending on how strong they are. Howsoever we exercise our desires has consequences attached to it now and in eternity. We must recognise that fact and always live our lives within the fact of that understanding.

    Our God ordained purposes would be realised as we exercise our God given tight to chose by lining up our desires with His purpose for our respective lives..

    I want to conclude on the note that purpose is paramount, desire is the fueling factor of the attainment of purpose. We must therefore be intentional about our search for our God given purpose and align our desires with it. Fulfilling any other purpose would be that of the devil. That will not be our portion in Jesus name.


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