The story of Tayo is one I am very familiar with. I have met several people who like Tayo have discovered God’s purpose for their lives, some of whose stories were shared in Echoes of Discovery. However, for many people, life remains as usual even after discovering why they are here. So, when Tayo told me her story, I could relate well. Maybe you can too.
She had found purpose in her third year in school when she had an encounter with God in a special workers’ meeting of her local campus fellowship. She realized that her unique history of struggling with feelings of being unloved until she found that she was perfectly loved by God, positioned her to help others whose love tanks were more than empty. She found that just like she did, there were a lot of young people around her who were struggling with insecurity and who yearned for love, the kind of which Tayo had found in God. In that moment of discovery, she found a message that she alone could share: “No one can love us the way God loves us. People may try, but it is only in God that we are perfectly loved!”
It’s been six months since that discovery. Tayo’s life has been normal. She has taken no step in the direction of her purpose. As she shared her disappointment with me, I was reminded of myself. When I found purpose in 2012, I had no idea on how to go about it. The only thing I did was to write but I did not know how to consciously plan my pursuit to deliver my potentials.
As I have grown, I have learnt that finding purpose is not enough to make a difference with your life time. It is much more important to actively pursue God’s purpose for your life.
This week, I want to share some thoughts to help you effectively embark on your pursuit and begin to give expression to your discovered purpose.
1. Understand that discovery is not enough.
I think I have made this point already. There has to be a desire in you to pursue your purpose. You cannot be satisfied with knowing why you are here. Finding purpose is like gaining freedom from Egypt and arriving at Sinai. But Sinai is not your destination. There is a promised land to possess. You must depart and go up to lay hold of that for which heaven laid hold of you. (Exodus 33:1-3)
2. Seek divine guidance.
Your purpose is finished in eternity. Your work in time is to live out God’s eternal plans. Thus, after you realize that discovery is not enough, you must ask the question Paul asked after his encounter with Christ: “What must I do Lord?” (Acts 9:6) Spend time in the place of prayer. Seek to be mentored by someone in your area of interest. Keep asking for what God would have you do in preparation for and in pursuit of why He has put you here.
3. Don’t be afraid to start small.
Many people don’t get started on their life assignments because they are hoping for one big opportunity. But you know, the cliché, dream big, start small is true. Don’t be afraid to do whatever you are led to do no matter how small. What is important is your faithfulness. Someone said the beginnings of unfaithfulness are always the little things that we think will make no difference. No one was ever called of God to a high position who did not lay the foundation of that call in courageous faithfulness to the small details of life. Though your beginning is small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly. (Job 8:7)
4. Be consistent in giving your best.
Whatever you feel led to do, whether to write, speak, or to just smile to everyone you meet, be sure to be consistent and faithful in giving your best. Don’t be swayed by the numbers. Give your best to ministering to one person as you would to thousands. Excellence is a choice. It has little or nothing to do with talent, personality or luck. Willa Foster observed that “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” So, as you do purpose, pay attention to details, practice self discipline and seek continual improvement.
George Washington Carver once said that “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” It is my prayer that today, you will receive God’s help to stop giving excuses and start living the greatly impactful and highly successful life you were planned to live on this side of eternity.
I call you blessed!