Let's begin with the wrong way of losing yourself, (since we're kind of experts at that).
As a child, what did you want to be when you were to grow up? I wanted to be a dancer as a hobby, but my passion by the age of 11 was writing. I wanted to be an author. I always enjoyed reading and writing. I often nagged my mother to take me shopping for more books.
My high school years had me considering other possibilities and ways of implementing my love of writing in my future career. Journalism also interested me, but somehow, as if by one last attempt by fate (because that is where I met my husband), I decided to follow my love for the kitchen and went to culinary school. I continued to write poetry, short stories, and songs, but felt absolutely no motivation to pursue writing as a career. Not because I had lost my passion, but because I had no confidence in my ability to make it happen.
I worked as a pastry chef for a short time and after my husband and I started a family, I saw no choice but to work a "9 to 5" job in an office environment, which I also truly enjoyed. My husband still works in the industry, but the restaurant life is not very family friendly; long hours and inconsistent schedules are somehow managed when one parent is involved, but two would not be possible for us.
Now that I'm a stay-at-home mom, I try to fully embrace my calling. I truly feel that I am exactly where I'm supposed to be. Besides the ministry, and all that it entails, I can still practice my love of writing in the articles I write. It's therapeutic. I still love cooking and have many aspirations in a couple of different areas, but right now- I'm where I'm supposed to be.
All of this to say the following: our plans are not always God's plans. Our timing is certainly not God's timing. But if we walk in obedience and remain sensitive to His voice, we can embrace our present place, trusting that if we feel we have a talent or desire, God is able to open those doors at His will. If you feel led, rediscover your passion and prepare yourself. Pray, seek God and the wisdom He gives. Don't lose yourself in regret and don't settle for a career you chose simply for the money. We don't depend on money. We depend on God Almighty, from whom all blessings flow. Don't lose yourself in false hopes, greed, deliberate sin, or rebellion. Yes, rebellion. We sometimes "follow our hearts" and think God is in it, but remember that "the heart is deceitful above all things," according to Jeremiah 17:9. God does not bless all of our dreams and desires simply because we are His children. We are not entitled to that as if God were indebted to us. It is the other way around. We are to seek His will and His ways, without a sense of entitlement, but rather, of servanthood and gratitude. Are we following our own agenda, or God's? Do we care?
How should we lose ourselves, then? In purpose. In truth. In the Savior.
We do have buried desires that may find their way to the surface. Talents we can use to bring glory to God. That is our purpose. To bring glory to the Father in every area of life.
Indulge in God's Word. It will light our way, direct our path, shield us, and strengthen us. There is no substitute. Seek Him.
Where we are now is a season in life. Seasons change. We mustn't set up camp in disillusion, regret, frustration, or sin. We pray, repent, re-fill, and carry on. Condemnation doesn't help us. Realize where you are in life and honor God in that place as He paves other roads and paints new horizons. Surrender. Obey. Glorify the Father.
Yes, purpose; lose yourself in that. No compass needed for what we already know.