How To Discover Your Purpose (Part 4)

How To Discover Your Purpose (Part 4)

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
– Judges 6:12-14

Note that it was Gideon the angel addressed, not the whole Israelites. But, because of the people-centredness of purpose, Gideon naturally looked beyond himself and started venting about the social issue troubling his mind. He probably did not know when he started to say “us” in his emotion-laden response. In the passage, he mentioned “us” six times and at no time did he say “I!”

Purpose is people-centred and others-focused. That social problem you are so consumed with may be the guide to identifying your assignment.

Your purpose is defined by what you are willing to go out of your way to do for others, at personal costs to yourself and no cost to the recipients. It is rooted in that thing that agitates you so much or makes you uncomfortable about people, your environment or the system, which you would like fixed once for all.

If your agitation is about what you can do to improve your personal lot, that is a legitimate aspiration; but it is not your purpose. Your purpose is usually derived from what you can do for others, the society or a system to make them better.

That phenomenon that makes you go ballistic and wishing something definite could be done about it right there and then is an indicator of your life mission. And rather than look far away for the solution, the Lord is telling you now what He told Gideon then, “Go in this your drive, champion the change and make the necessary difference. Have I not sent you?”

Now that you know what the LORD has sent you to do, aren’t you going to do it?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How To Discover Your Purpose (Part 3)

How To Discover Your Purpose (Part 3)

And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “…if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”  Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
Judges 6:12-14

Are there certain human or societal failing that bothers you to no end; that you wish you could do something to correct? That is an indicator of your assignment. There is no better way to identify your assignment on earth than by examining your agitations and fits.

In our reference scripture, Gideon only needed a harmless greeting to lapse into such fits querying God and whoever cared to listen as to why he and his people continued to live in such a state of fear, intimidation and deprivation.

Do you think he replied his greeter in a solemn tone? Judging by his words, he must have been in such a state, raising his voice and flailing his arms in helpless acknowledgement of the problem of his people and his inability to do something about it. He queried, “If God is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all the miracle-wonders our parents and grandparents told us about…The fact is, God has nothing to do with us—he has turned us over to Midian!” [The Message]

Note that it was Gideon the angel addressed, not the whole Israelites. But, because of the people-centredness of purpose, Gideon naturally looked beyond himself and started venting about the social issue troubling his mind. He probably did not know when he started to say “us” in his emotion-laden response. In the passage, he mentioned “us” six times and at no time did he say “I!”

Purpose is people-centred. That social problem you are so consumed with may be the guide to identifying your assignment.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Discover Your Purpose (Part 2)

How to Discover Your Purpose (Part 2)

Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’
– Hebrews 10:7

Inasmuch as God created us with specific assignments, it is our individual responsibility to discover those assignments and begin to execute them in earnest. There is no wasted life. There is no one that God does not create with a purpose. The main challenge is discovering it, and then living it.

To discover your purpose, you must go to the assigner, God, to reveal His agenda for your life to you. He is the Maker, He is the caller, He is the Director, He is also the Provider of the resources needed to fulfil the assignment.

But, make no mistake about it, God’s purpose for your life can only be discovered in the Bible. If it is not in the Bible, then it is not your life purpose. Any purpose that has no origin in the Bible, which contains the whole mind of God, is not of God. Therefore, for a purpose to merit its name, it must emanate from God; and if it is from God, then it must derive its origin and guiding principles from the Bible.

It has often been posited that passion is the way to identify your purpose. That is not far from the truth. But, more appropriately, AGITATION is the best indicator of purpose. Your assignment is usually buried in what disturbs you in no small measure. What is that issue in the lives of people or in your society that bothers you greatly? What is that phenomenon which shoots up your adrenaline or gets you into such frenzy whenever you are considering it? That may be an inroad to discovering your purpose, and a guide to knowing your assignment.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Discover Your Purpose (Part 1)

How to Discover Your Purpose (Part 1)

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
– Ephesians 2:10

In the past few days, we have considered two types of purpose, namely; universal purpose, which is common to all humans and mandatory for all living beings [Let everything that has breath praise the Lord – Psalm 150:6]. We also considered situational callings, which are applicable to everyone as well, albeit in different roles and contexts. The final category of purpose for our meditation is individual assignment. That is the peculiar assignment God created each person to fulfil on earth.

Now, there could be a similarity between your life assignment and your roles in your different callings. In that regard, there will not be a clear cut dichotomy as to what you are meant to do here and there. But that shouldn’t bother you since you are not interested in knowing your purpose for academic reasons, but so that you could fulfil it day by day and thereby make your life count on earth and worthy of heaven.

Talking about individual assignment; God does not do mass production. He doesn’t do bulk distribution either. On the contrary, He created each of us in a unique way, with unique physiological features as well as assignments to fulfil on earth. He also relates with us as distinct individuals, not as a group, because He did not endow us as a mass.

Apart from the fact that God desires that we conduct our lives in a manner that will bring glory to Him, as it is the case with our universal purpose; and He requires us to make a positive impact wherever He locates us, as far as our calling is concerned; He also has a specific task in mind for us to execute while on earth. Nobody is here just to make the number. We are all created to worship God and to work for Him.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Take Care of Your Parents

Take Care of Your Parents

Here is a little anecdote highlighting the importance of taking care of our parents.

A son took his old father to a restaurant for an evening dinner. The father, being very old and weak, dropped food on his shirt and trousers. Others diners watched him in disgust while his son was calm.

After he finished eating, his son who was not at all embarrassed, quietly took him to the washroom, wiped the food particles, removed the stains, combed his hair and fitted his spectacles firmly.

When they came out, the entire restaurant was watching them in dead silence, not able to grasp how someone could embarrass themselves publicly like that. The son settled the bill and started walking out with his father.

At that time, an old man amongst the diners called out to the son and asked him, “Don’t you think you have left something behind?”

The son replied, “No sir, I haven’t.”

The old man retorted, “Yes, you have! You left a lesson for every son and hope for every father.”

The restaurant went silent.

To care for our parents, who once cared for us, is one of the highest honours. We are one big family in Christ.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God. – 1 Timothy 5:4

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to de-stress

How to de-stress

Here are some de-stress tips. An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.

4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more.. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.

12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the Kid in You every day.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough rest.

18. Eat right.

19. Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favourite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank you, Jesus.”

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego.

33. Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.

36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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