Finding Life Purpose

Have you wondered what your life purpose may be? Instead of feeling intimidated by the proposition, remember that finding purpose in life is a journey, not a destination. Finding life purpose is one of the most profound and satisfying experiences you can have.

Brenda Gantt in her home kitchen; photo by Larsen&Talbert

After her husband died, she thought she’d never cook again.

As 2021 comes to a close, Guideposts pauses to remember some of the inspiring individuals who left us this past year. 

In this story from November 1991, the former U.S. Secretary of State reminds us that whatever we do in life, someone is always watching.

The 2019 winner of ABC’s The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition found his calling through a pair of disciplines: baking and prayer.

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Cathy Heying, founder and executive director of a non-profit auto repair shop that serves low-income people in Minnesota, offers advice on how you can recognize when it’s time to follow a new direction in life.

Building Community, a nationwide program—created by a Connecticut police chaplain—brings neighborhoods together through police-led projects and events.

In his new book Win the Day, pastor and best-selling author Mark Batterson shares how to stress less—and make the most of each day.  

Doctors, pastors, and writers alike weigh in on this heaven-sent sense of direction.

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As 2020 comes to a close, Guideposts pauses to remember some of the inspiring individuals who left us this past year.

Ever wondered who finds the towering tree that stands in NYC’s Rockefeller Center every Christmas? Meet Eric Pauze…

In this story from 2004, a man’s life was changed by a newspaper headline: “Native American Elders Freeze to Death”

He’s dedicated his life to keeping the art of cooking for cowboys alive and well. 

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In this series of videos, the former NFL player, motivational speaker and author of The Greatest You gets real about his faith, his failures and how he tapped both to discover his life’s purpose. 

Faith-based entrepreneur Willie Morris talks about the Bible verse that inspired his new startup, Faithbox, and gives us a peek at the kind of products subscribers to the service receive each month. For more inspiring stories, subscribe to Guideposts magazine.

Do you want to be a writer? Editors-in-chief Edward Grinnan and Colleen Hughes offer tips on how to put your best foot forward in the Guideposts Writers Workshop contest.

Please note: Because the coronavirus outbreak has forced us to work from home and we have not had access to postal mail, only online entries are being accepted this year. If you submitted an entry via postal mail, please use the link above to resubmit online by the end of June.

In her story for from Guideposts, Dr. Pilar Fish explains why she has focused her veterinary practice on caring for birds for more than 20 years. Watch as Dr. Fish shares some of the rewards of working with these beloved creatures.

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