This is the 3rd of 4 blog posts on purpose. If you missed the first post on ‘What is you purpose?’ you can read it here. Or if you missed last weeks post: ‘How to find my purpose?’ you can read it here.
I hope in the last 2 posts I have convinced you that you DO have a PURPOSE. Hopefully, you have started catching glimpses of that purpose. If not, don’t give up yet. I am praying that in this series God comes and reveals your purpose to you. Because, God is a revealer by nature.
Yes, God WANTS to share your purpose, His plans and desire for your life with you. But, he wants YOU to DESIRE it. Therefore He invites us to ask Him for insight and wisdom. Why? Because, He WANTS to honour His promise!
Disclaimer: He will mostly likely not reveal everything at once.
You might be saying, but all I have is this nudge, this feeling, something that gets be excited, a dream, a single word… Keep pressing in. God will keep continue to reveal your purpose.
I find Martin Luther King Jnr. Phrases is well:
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”
Martin Luther King Jnr.
Often, we think our purpose needs to be so far outside of our comfort zone (and sometimes it can be), but it starts with something that you know. If you have that glimmer of purpose, but don’t know where to start or how to live it, here is my advice:
The more you do what you know the more you will know what to do.
Focus on what God has placed inside of you, as a starting point. What are you passionate about? What gets you excited? The bible says even Jesus was full of zeal (John 2:17)
There is also this principle that if you don’t know what to do next in order to ‘progress’ in your purpose, Do what God told you to do last. Until God speaks or prompts again, keep doing the last thing you heard God say.
Also, when is comes to purpose there are no hard or fast rules to follow. There is no recipe. You need to be continuously sensitive to God’s voice and the various different ways He can speak to us. In addition to hear His voice, we need to be sensitive to His timing.
Living out your purpose is not a passive thing. It is active, so you need to become a doer to start living out your purpose.
Living out your purpose allows us to look at your live and prioritise. It is important that we are able to recognise what is truly important in life. If you can’t identify what is important your life will be over taken with what is urgent – this is how most people live life.
Further more, purpose provides us with a high level vision of our life. What are you living for? A vision helps us define and create goals to move towards our preset vision. You can have the best goals, but without a plan or strategy it will remain only a goal.
Vision without actions = daydream
Action without vision = nightmare
The sweet spot lies somewhere in between. It is only a combination of vision and actions that you will move more and more toward your purpose.
Your purpose isn’t something you just receive. Your purpose isn’t to provide you comfort. You NEED to take action.
Any object has a purpose – but it needs to be used for the purpose to be fulfilled.
Let’s take a chair as an example. A chair has a purpose. The purpose of a chair is to be able to sit, rest and be comfortable. It can be used it multiple different social or non-social settings. Chairs also come in different shape, colours, sizes and textures. Even though there can be so many different varieties of chairs, a chairs purpose remains the same (just like our core purposes I mentioned in part 1). If we don’t use the chair, does it loose its purpose? No, the chairs purpose remains although it is not in use. But, when not in use the chair has no impact on anyone or any situation. I hope you can see that even if you don’t actively live in you purpose, you will never loose it. I also hope you see that purpose requires active living.
Even faith requires action.
God wants you to be believer and doer of His word.
“there are so many ways of going forward, but one way of standing still”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
If you don’t have a vision or a plan for your life, someone else will give you one. This doesn’t mean that God can’t call you to support someone else for a season (I have found this to be the case especially while we are learning and growing). But, be weary of being used by others for their purposes.
Focus on what you have.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Have you ever heard the saying: “comparison is a thief of joy”? Well it is true. So stop comparing your purpose and journey so someone else’s purpose and journey.
Nobody has your sphere of influence.
Nobody has your combination of interests, talents, skills, personality and sphere of influence.
It is only by relying on God’s strength that you will be enabled to live out your purpose. So, stop focusing on others and start focusing on your unique strengths.
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
Catherine of Siena
More next week.
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