Is it possible to believe in a particular life-purpose, to discover (or not to discover) later in life it was not your life-purpose, but misplaced. What are the reasons for misplaced life-purpose?
Those who waste their lives chasing worldly desires eventually come to realise their ultimate emptiness. Fulfillment is never found in earthly power, pleasure or personal gain.
An example of misplaced life-purpose is about a determined young man who sought to fulfill his purpose in life by serving his country as a corporal in World War I. After the war, his strong sense of patriotism led him in the direction of politics. Surrounding himself with a handful of like-minded men, he eventually emerged as a dominant political force. His influence was literally felt around the world. Unfortunately, people can seek to find fulfillment in negative ways, as seen in the life of Adolf Hitler, who was that young man. His misplaced purpose in life was to rid the world of people not like him. Hitler’s Nazi regime not only provoked World War II, but his forces killed approximately 11 million people (6 million Jews, and 5 million other people), whom he regarded as racially inferior or politically dangerous. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
Sometimes people following dreams or shadows of life-purposes, which leads to nowhere, because it was not aimed to glorifying God. “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14)
Examples of self-serving purposes in life: To be concerned about the outward appearances of success; Being materialistic (impressed by money and possessions); Pleasure or happiness seeking as your highest goal in life, which is called hedonism; To be overly task oriented and in the process put priority on projects/tasks over people; Insecurity – pleasing people and codependent relations; Negative thinking – being dissatisfied, disinterested, bored, and bitter; Escaping the reality by numbing it with drugs, alcohol, food, activities etc.; Sexual promiscuity; Status seeking. “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12)