We were recently asked what the difference between purpose and service is. We would like to address this today.
Your purpose is the main theme or themes your soul has prioritized for experience during your life expression. Service is a means of showing love, compassion, and/or assistance. You can have many different forms of service that are tied into your purpose, and others that are not. Both purpose and service add to the expansion of your soul, as well as the whole, and are a means of self expression, so the two will frequently intertwine.
The main difference is your purpose tends to be a more specific focus of experience and self expression, where service can be experienced in a myriad of ways. For example, reaching down something from a high shelf for a stranger in a store is a loving act of simple service, but it is not directly tied into your soul’s purpose of being an inspiring teacher to a class of 8 year olds.
Do you see? You might think of your purpose as being your major in your field of study on the planet. Your service may not always be your purpose, yet your purpose will always be your highest service, and ultimately all of it serves the whole. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young