Discovering your purpose & potential
WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR???
There are questions of the human heart and if we don’t answer these questions we will not live a fulfilled life. Three of these questions are:
- WHO AM I? – That’s a question of IDENTITY
- WHY AM I HERE? – That’s a question of PURPOSE
- WHAT CAN I DO? – That’s a question of POTENTIAL
When I was a child I was “forced” to learn this poem:
“Life in this world is a great struggle for both the young and old, and even those who have great riches have troubles of their own. Rich men envy poor men and poor men envy the rich, therefore, what is the sense in envying your neighbor. Your talent is as good as mine, try to develop it. And I am sure there is no body who has not got his own. Trouble starts when painters try to be prime ministers, when in truth they are sure they are not made for this”.
There are a lot of people in the world who make themselves miserable because they are trying to be something that they are not. They have never found the purpose for which they were born.
While it’s true that some people discover their life purpose easier than others, it’s also true that God really does have a plan for every single person, even if it takes a while to realize it. The question therefore is not whether one has a purpose or not, neither does it have anything to do with whether one has the ability or not….If you read my last couple of blogs, you will know you have both. The question then is, how do we discover that purpose and how do we discover our potential.
Let me make a few suggestions here to help you discover your purpose and potential. This list is by no means exhaustive…
- ASK THE MANUFACTURER.
If you want to know the purpose of a thing, you do not ask the thing. You ask the manufacturer. If you want to know the purpose of a television, it would be wrong to ask the television, you ask the manufacturer. So if you want to know why you exist, go to the one who made you. Go to God in prayer and He will tell you. It may sound very simplistic, but that is because it is. He said to Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV)
- DO SOMETHING YOU TRULY LOVE TO DO
Finding your life purpose means doing something you truly love. It’s an area that just seems natural to you and things just seem to fall into place. Be willing to try something that interests you. You will know very quickly if you’ve found the right thing for you. Doors will either open or slam shut. Either way, you’ll know where you stand.If money was not an issue, what would you wish you were doing right now? When I say money is not an issue, I mean it in two way-that you are not doing it for money and the lack of it is not preventing you from doing it.
- TAKE A STEP OF FAITH AND GO AFTER IT
Never ask God to give you something you are unwilling to go after. You will never possess something until the pursuit of going after it overwhelms the possibility of living without it. When you take the step, God will magnify your effort and the impossible will become possible.
- WORK HARD AT IT
Champions pursue what losers wait for. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- BE PERSISTENT
Persistence to an assignment increases achievability.
In conclusion, don’t let the people around you talk you into things just because it all sounds like a good idea from the world’s view doesn’t mean it’s God’s plan for you. A good idea may not be a God idea. Following God’s lead sometimes means you have to say no to many things that look good to the human eye and mind. There’s a way that seems right to man but the end thereof is death.
Go on fellow soldier, pursue your dreams and I will see you at the top.
I’ll leave you for now. If we don’t meet again, I hope to see you at the dinner table in Papa’s house.
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