Nearly everybody spends a good portion of their life looking for their purpose. Knowing what you are meant to be doing helps to make life worth living. Purpose is defined by a person’s preferences and goals. It can be something very tangible or something that is more of an idea, inspiration, or commitment.

Parents should help their children learn more about finding a purpose early on. Here are some activities and viewpoints that will help your children and you understand why having a purpose is important and how to discover it.

Why Is It Important to Have a Purpose?

Having a purpose drives us. When you teach your children about purpose, you give them more reasons to live, love, explore, and change the world. Implementing a life-changing curriculum in their education can significantly enhance this understanding.

Finding Meaning: A Biblical Perspective

In the last book of the Bible, we read, “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Revelation 12:1-2, ESV).

Finding God’s will for our lives provides the ultimate purpose and meaning. According to this scripture, we must renew our minds, turning away from worldly dictates and towards what scripture teaches.

Practical Activities to Discover Purpose

Create a Family Tree

One of the best ways to help your children find meaning is to teach them about their origins. Where did your family originate? Who are the notable members of your family? Starting with a family tree and letting your child get to know the family can be crucial in finding meaning and purpose by carrying on family skills, traditions, and causes.

Even if you do not have a big family, you can create memories with friends or a chosen family. This teaches your child that meaningful relationships can be formed outside of blood relations.


Write a Statement of Purpose

If you already have a purpose you want to achieve, try writing a statement of purpose and teach your children how to do this as well. Your purpose does not need to be defined by a big dream; it can be to discern the will of God. As mentioned in Revelation, “by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” It can be your purpose to discover the will of God, which is an amazing part of life.

Teach About Humility and Inclusiveness

Finding purpose is often facilitated by being open and inclusive. Teaching your child about caring for others (even animals) can open up their world to more possibilities and help them realize their potential.

Discover Strengths

Explore your child’s strengths. Find out what they are good at and develop those abilities in various ways. Share your own experiences that helped you discover your strengths. There may be surprising things that you find you’re good at, which provide purpose and meaning.

Be an Inspiration

Pursue your own passions and follow your dreams. Be the inspiration your children need. You are the best person to help your children get excited about goals and aspirations.

Read Impactful Publications

Help your children find purpose by reading books and articles about people who have positively impacted others. Subscribing to inspiring publications can broaden their horizons. For example, Creation Illustrated shares about nature, life, and teachings that offer character-building lessons influencing a child’s purpose.

Be a Bearer of the Truth

1 John 4:1-6 states that following biblical truth influences our lives and our children’s lives in a meaningful way: “Because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever.” Serving others is one of the great truths that give life purpose.

We, ourselves, are testaments to the kindness and will of the Creator. The forgiveness of our sins and His eternal gift of everlasting life help demonstrate meaning and purpose so others will want the same. Share this miracle with your children so they can witness the love of God and His plan for us.


Helping your children find their purpose in life is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. By guiding them through understanding their origins, strengths, and passions, and by teaching them the importance of humility, service, and following biblical truths, you lay the foundation for a fulfilling and meaningful life. Encourage your children to explore and embrace their purpose, empowering them to make a positive impact on the world.

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