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MORE THAN A TREND

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One of the things I am grateful for in my life was that I was a student of the University of Ibadan in 2012. You know why? That year was an amazing year on the premier University campus. There was a wave of teachings on purpose that swept the whole campus. Almost all the fellowships on campus considered themes around this subject. Even the Assembly of Unibadan Christian Fellowships, the umbrella body for all Christians on campus considered a theme that centred on the idea of God’s Kingdom plan and our role in that plan. Many students (including me) found and gained clarity about their life assignments in the course of that year.

I once had a conversation with a friend who works as a youth coach and thought leader about this issue of purpose and he confirmed that he used to think that just like entrepreneurship appears to be the “new trend,” purpose was a trend then. Every speaker wanted to talk about it, writers wrote about it and thought leaders communicated to their tribes how important it is to know why you are here on earth.

Now, as I think about it, I realized that the events of that year and the succeeding years may have contributed to the thought and articulation of the idea that the issue of finding your purpose is a trend. You know, like the issue of tithing is currently on the front burner of discussions on the social media. Many people didn’t give much thought to the purpose in 2012 and some are still ignoring the issue now because they think it is a trend that will soon be let off for some other salient issues.

It is my understanding however, that while talking about purpose may have been a trend in 2012, it is certainly too important to our shared existence to be regarded as just another trend that will pass. See, finding your purpose will never become unnecessary. The time will never come when it will be cool to be purposeless so long as you have money or anything else. Purpose is a matter that will be relevant to all people for all times and seasons. And if public speakers move on to the next thing they think people will buy, if writers start writing about whatever they think is the new trend, some of us will still continue to speak, write and lead conversations on this all important issue.

If it doesn’t still bother you that you don’t know why God has put you here because you think the issue of purpose is a trend that will pass, I want to urge you to reconsider your stance and get serious about finding why you are here. Life is too short to be lived without an understanding of its purpose. You are not joining a trend by making the choice to find your purpose. Finding your purpose is the greatest discovery you will make in your life. Fulfilling your purpose will be your greatest achievement.

I call you blessed!

 

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TRYING TO “BUILD” YOUR PURPOSE?

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I recently read an article about purpose on the internet and I was thrilled at how much misconceptions are out there about this issue of purpose. I recognize that people will read and believe what they want but I believe I am obligated to share my thoughts on some of the junks put out there on an issue that has been my foremost message for the most of the last half decade.

The question I want to answer today is very elementary. Yet, as I read that article, I became aware of the fact that elementary as it is, many people still struggle with the idea of purpose discovery. And this is what happens when we leave an issue as important as purpose to the hands of people who have no connection with God and who try to be experts on the human experience outside of God who designed that experience.

When it comes to the issue of purpose, can you design a purpose for yourself? Can you just attach a sense of meaning to an experience and call it purpose? What or Who is the source of purpose? Is purpose discovered or decided? Can a man choose his own purpose? Again, these issues are elementary and if you are a consistent reader of this blog, it should be easier for you to see where the thoughts I’ll be sharing subsequently are coming from.

Let me be clear about this point. You cannot design, decide or build a purpose for your life because by the very meaning of the word, purpose presupposes the existence of a Creator who sees a problem, identifies a need and decides to meet that need or solve that problem through the product he creates. So, a product cannot decide why it was created, it is impossible for it to do so because it didn’t create itself. You too did not create yourself. You cannot therefore decide or design a purpose for your life. You cannot just pick a sheet of paper and begin to write what you think your purpose is without any recourse to your Creator. Your purpose is God’s intention not your invention.

It follows then that purpose is not about you. The sentence structure of purpose puts the product as the object and the Creator as the Subject. Because the product did not create itself, it does not have the intelligence to decide its own purpose. In fact, the purpose of the product is entirely a matter of the Creator’s own initiative. That is why the whole specification of the product is according to the product’s purpose. The product was designed according to the assignment the manufacturer had in mind. So you see, you were designed to be assigned. God had a purpose in mind and then He created and equipped you to fulfill that purpose. Your purpose predates your birth. In fact, your birth is the proof that you exist for a specific purpose.

So, I don’t want you to get confused about the issue of purpose. There is nothing complex about it. All you need to find and begin to walk in your purpose is to connect with your Creator and immerse yourself in His manual for your life. Walk in obedience to His leading. Live every single moment in the consciousness of its why.

I hope this is clarifying enough. If you have any questions, please leave a message in the Comment Section below.

You matter to me always,

AimPurpose.

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WISDOM

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The story of King Solomon and his historic request for wisdom, knowledge and understanding instead of wealth, power and influence is perhaps one of the most discussed stories in scriptures. I believe more than anything else, that the story illustrates the importance of wisdom in leadership and the priority it must take if effective leadership can be experienced.

There is another story in the New Testament that I believe also illustrates in practical terms the importance of wisdom in leadership and in life generally. Scriptures tell us about one conflict that the early church had to deal with and which threatened the spread of gospel save for the timely intervention of the church leaders. The Gospel had been taken to non-Jews and the issue arose whether the new receivers of the Gospel needed to be conformed to the traditions of the Jews and the impossible demands of the Mosaic Law which the Jewish Christians still felt bound to follow. For instance, would the non-Jewish believers be required to submit themselves for circumcision? Would they need to obey laws about Sabbath, the Passover etc.?

Resolving this issue would require more than conventional wisdom. Only the wisdom of God and the working of the Holy Spirit could bring the body of Christ to agree on what the way forward should be. Thankfully, there was one man, Apostle James, who was gifted with the wisdom of God and as the leader of the Church in Jerusalem, his wisdom brought the church to safety. (See Acts 15:12-21)

So, when James wrote in his epistle about how to be wise, he knew what he was saying. He was the Solomon of the early church. And by virtue of his wisdom, he was the leader who could break the silence and proffer solutions to critical issues that threatened the unity of the church.

Let’s take a quick look at James recommendations for us all who desire to have his kind of wisdom. There are two things James asks us to do if we want to be wise.

  1. LIVE WELL: James says it’s the way you live not the way you talk that counts. Wisdom is first a matter of behaviour before it is a matter of words. People who will be wise must pay attention to the patterns in their behaviour. We must shun any attempt to twist the truth to sound wise. James says that’s not wisdom – it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.
  1. LIVE HUMBLY: Another point James makes is that boasting that you are wise does not make you wise. Trying to look better than others or get the better of others is the very definition of foolishness for those who compare themselves with others are not wise. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom either. To build a reputation of wisdom, you have to live humbly. Such humility is a product of an encounter with God’s grace.

On the whole, we must always remember that true wisdom comes from God alone and as we interact with God’s Word, God’s wisdom rubs on us. As we live Kingdom Life, we demonstrate Kingdom Wisdom for the benefit of our own lives and those around us.

Blessed? Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section. What does wisdom mean to you?