Discovering your mission in life

Many years ago I remember asking my father if there was ever a point in his life where he discovered his mission in life- his purpose for what he was here on planet earth to do. I’ve often been told I am an idealist with grand impossible goals for what I want to do and see happen in the world but in my mind it is simply the state of what living in Truth would transform our world into being. My goals may seem unrealistic but I believe that if set our vision as high as possible we will begin to take steps in that direction.

Anyways, back to the story…

I suppose back then I was expecting something grand and all-encompassing to be the response of my father for what he saw as his mission in life. He was a minister for most of his life and so I was also perhaps expecting something within those terms. But I was quite surprised by his response:

“To be useful.”

It was simple and clear. His mission in life was to be useful to others. That was it. Certainly, there are many things which can go along with that, but I have spent years considering his response in its beautiful simplicity.

When we read the mission statements of non-profit organizations, ministries and governmental agencies; we will usually find something immense in scale and scope. For example, with the initiatives I work to launch the mission is “to bring people together, regardless of our differences, to solve global problems.”

This statement has always been in the back or forefront of my mind through all circumstances. It has been what I have fallen back on when romantic relationships didn’t work out, initially of course being heartbroken but quickly remembering my purpose and what I am really here to do which fueled me resoluteness and recommitment.

It may sound big but in my mind it comes down to one thing: there are people around the world who are needlessly suffering because they lack the very necessities of life. If what my life does is something which enables just one person to have a meal, clean water or access to what is needed to live healthy, that is what I want my life to mean. That begins with relationship and going to connect with people. It begins with being “useful.”

What I have found is that underlying every grand mission and every idealistic goal we set there is that simplicity: “I want to be useful.” I want to serve. That is where our mission in this life begins.


  1. Austin Nol
    January 12, 2019

    Those words “relationships, connection with people and being “useful” really struck a cord. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Robin Webb
    January 12, 2019

    Thanks Dylan,
    I appreciate & relate to this word! So many times what I’m aspiring to or what I think needs to happen…fails! So, when I humble myself before God & the world & say “Lord, Your ways are higher than mine…let me be useful for Your ways being accomplished!” That’s when beautiful things happen! I bless you, brother Dylan with the supernatural ability to be useful for the kingdom in every situation that you come into, in Jesus name!
    Sincerely, Robin

  3. Kate Hufstetler
    January 12, 2019

    Dylan– the desire to be useful to God for humanity is probably the highest goal any of us can have. It applies to so many areas of life from individual family members to community to global situations. I am always humbled and honored to reach one person. It provides an undeserved sense of Joy that is so profound and delightful. Only God would bless someone wanting to bless Him. Thank you for this post.

  4. Karen
    January 14, 2019

    The book of Matthew in the Bible states: ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
    What a mission the Lord has put you on

    1. Dylan Raines
      January 14, 2019

      Thank you, Karen! It’s a joy to be serving!

  5. Andre
    January 14, 2019

    God is with you, Dylan. Your mission of being useful and giving unconditional love is the highest mission possible. Thank you for reading my blog.


  6. Jack Garrott
    January 14, 2019

    Very good point. By the way, welcome to Virtual Vitamins. I pray my words will be as useful to you as I’m sure yours are to many. Blessings on you!

  7. Mary Wolfe
    January 15, 2019

    Love this story!

  8. conversationalonion
    January 18, 2019

    “To be useful” wow, I must say as simple as it sounds this is probably one of the most profound things I’ve read. Thank you for sharing this story! For me it’s quite timely and well taken for sure.


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