Not long ago, my wife, Kim, and I used the GPS on her phone while looking for a Chick-fil-A in a new city. We were cruising down the road and this really sweet lady’s voice said, “Stay straight on this road for half a mile.” We were already in the exit lane, so we took the exit. Instantly, we heard the voice say–this time, not quite as sweetly–“Make a legal U-turn and get back onto the highway.” We couldn’t turn at the one light, so we kept driving,and every intersection we came to, the voice said, “Make a legal U-turn, make a legal U-turn.”

I started getting annoyed, like, “Man I’m just trying to get Chick-fil-A, alright? Be quiet.”

“U-turn, make a U-turn!” she squawked.

Obviously she was just trying to get us back on course, and we knew that, but I was hungry, and the hungrier I got, the more annoying her voice sounded.

That’s how the Holy Spirit speaks to us. As I’ve mentioned, God has a purpose and a plan for your life, and His purpose is bigger and more amazing than you could ever imagine. But if you don’t know what your destination is, how will you ever get there? God wants to guide you and lead you step by step, and He’ll show the bigger and bigger picture as you grow into it. It’s a growing process because every step He shows you is part of His larger purpose. You need to know that in order to aim for it.

The only way you’ll find God’s purpose for your life is by spending time with Him. You must get into the Word and pray and listen for His voice. It takes discipline. When you reach that place where you can truly say, “Lord, You call the shots in my life. I want Your Spirit to speak to me and lead me every step of the way,” that’s when you start gaining some real wisdom.

Finding God’s purpose for your life is so important because you have a very special and unique gift that you need to share with the world. Don’t ever let your gifts be squandered. Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” The Lord will bring your greatest dreams to pass, if you can find His purpose for your life, then trust and obey Him in that. Find His purpose for your life. I guarantee it will make your entire walk with God so much easier.

If you’d like to read more about finding God’s purpose and living a life of wisdom, check out Seven Stupid Things People Do To Mess Up Their Lives (and how not to do them).