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Oluwatoyin Ajilore on Purpose

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Hello!

I want to ask you a question. If I paint a picture of someone who, in retrospect, discovered that he/she wasted his life, what happens in your mind?  Would that give you a sense of concern?  Would it “disturb” your mind? Or would you just continue what you were doing unfazed?

The matter of purpose has been one that has been important to me from my early university days, after I really came to know and follow after Jesus. The mention of the word “purpose” was capable of throwing me into a state of anxiety in times past. You wouldn’t blame me. The kind of training I was exposed to in my early Christian life is such that takes the matter of purpose very seriously, and I would forever be grateful for that.

There has been the misunderstanding of purpose to be a “thing” someone is to become, which has robbed us of the depths of God’s glory. In my short walk with God, I have found that everything and anything a man becomes: say a renowned preacher, an astute businessman who conducts business with biblical principles, a footballer who shows forth God’s glory (I believe I am writing to Christians, right?) etc. isn’t the man’s purpose. They are only the means of achieving the purpose. Let us see what Apostle Paul says:

“To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this race was given, that I SHOULD PREACH among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; TO THE INTENT THAT now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,” (Ephesians 3:8-10, NKJV)

Did you see that? Paul was to preach TO THE INTENT THAT… That means his preaching ministry wasn’t the intent in itself. So also whatever aspect of life you are going to get involved in isn’t your purpose. Your purpose is simply to show God’s glory, the manifold wisdom of God (you can also check Isaiah 43:7). And that could be achieved through any path God has chosen for you.

And how do we know our own paths? We simply walk with God (and yes, I mean your simple day to day devotion to Christ; in prayer, bible studies, godly activities etc.), because:

“…The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18)

It simply gets clearer as we go; there is no magic to this.

Having said all of that, I must strongly emphasize that a man that would walk in fulfillment of purpose must be a man who is consistently not satisfied with an empty, complacent life. This may look like a “small matter”, but it isn’t. The principle of the Kingdom remains:

“You will seek me and find me WHEN you seek me with ALL OF YOUR HEART” (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV)

“Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed’ God’s Decree” (Jeremiah 29: 13-14, The Message)

A man who will find the fulfillment of his purpose in God must be a man who truly wants that, wholeheartedly. So, like I like to tell myself, my first prayer point is not about understanding and fulfilling purpose, it is rather about getting serious about understanding and fulfilling purpose wholeheartedly. Because you would agree with me that we are a generation who is sandwiched between plethoric distractions. And the Scripture makes it clear that:

“For everyone who asks receives; THE ONE WHO SEEKS FINDS, and to the one who knocks, the door will be open” (Matthew 7:8, NIV)

So if we are not finding, it has to be because we are not seeking with the whole of our hearts.

We are also a generation upon which prophecies are hanging over (you could start with Joel 2 if you are unfamiliar with what I am saying). And our confidence is in the fact that God is able to make us all He desires of us, because it is Him who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

I will end with the lyrics of this common song, which I love so much:

Almighty God (2ce)

Our generation shall praise your name (4ce)

Yes, we would rise and praise His name

Bless you!

 

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Oluwatoyin is a Christian, who loves to write. She believes the WordIMG-20170328-WA0008 of God is central to every form of growth the human being needs.

She is currently a Graduate Student of Pan African University, where she is looking forward to obtaining a Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration.

She also loves to combine various comestibles in producing long-lasting memories of gustatory delights.

Oluwatoyin lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, with her family. You can connect with her via her Mobile: 07064259524; Email: olutoyinajilore@gmail.com; Facebook: Oluwatoyin Ajilore and Twitter: @oluwa_to_yin

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Noah Bello on Purpose

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Earlier this year, I convened a conference tagged CREATIVITY AND IMPACT: LAYING LASTING LEGACY via WhatsApp group chat. There were 8 facilitators and more than 200 people in attendance. The feedback was massively impressive.

There was one concept common in all the teachings: being intentional. “Intentional” has a synonym that is relevant to this discourse and that is “purposeful”. If you check out the synonyms of “purposeful”, you’ll discover the significance of the need to channel one’s energy in achieving a desired result. Determined, resolute, resolved, firm, steadfast, single-minded, enthusiastic, ambitious, enterprising, motivated, driven, committed, dedicated, persistent, persevering, tenacious, dogged, unfaltering, unwavering and unshakeable all show the need to be focused on ONE THING.

Paul of Tarsus, a Christian scholar and missionary, while talking about his massive success, has this to say: “…one thing I do…I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling”. (Phil. 3:14)

Every great man who has ever lived in history had this disposition/mindset – the ability to focus on just ‘one thing’. It was Vince Lombardi who said, “Success determines singleness of purpose”. Benjamin Disraeli, former prime minister of Great Britain (1804-1881) said “the secret to success is constancy to purpose”.

The problem a lot of people seem to have is how to “find their purpose”. Where/who/what does purpose come from? Most people often confuse the purpose of the person with the purpose of their passion/talents/features whereas the purpose of a thing is determined by its producer and its owner.

Who determines the purpose of the cup? The producer created it to hold drinks. The user may decide to use it for another purpose especially when he is the owner.

God is the creator (producer) and He is supposed to be our master (owner). But God gave man freewill unlike other creatures. So man has the responsibility to choose whose purpose he wants to serve. Unfortunately, most people choose to run after a “purpose” outside what they were created for.

Even though, the purpose of a thing or a person can be guessed from their features, guesses are fallible.  Your temperament, talents and passions are not enough to determine your purpose. Your purpose is too important to be left to guesswork.

Another error is to try to pursue the purpose of God without accepting the God of purpose. God is more interested in your person than everything you have to do. He is more interested in your relationship with Him. Discovering purpose is supposed to be a by-product of this relationship.

In conclusion, “make your relationship with God your passion.”

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nbNoah Bello is the founder of The Creative Impact Family (TCIF). He is passionate about helping young people contact their creative essence and profit from their S.H.A.P.E., an acronymn for Skill, Heart (i.e passion), Aptitude, Personality and Experiences. He helps them gain clarity about life, build their confidence and develop necessary competence and character to thrive in the 21st Century.

Noah is a pastor, teacher, edupreneur and graphics designer. You can reah him via his mobile, 08173099383 and on Twitter @_noahbello and Facebook @ Noah A Bello.

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Ayomide Fatoki on Purpose

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Hi everyone, very quickly, let’s take a trip together into my world of Purpose.  First, let me say we will be looking at Purpose in a lay man’s words and terms, no dictionary’s definition nor professional insight. So shall we?

I’ll like to define purpose as the reason for your existence. It is that factor that sets fire to your bones. Purpose is what gives you unrest and sometimes makes your heart rip apart until you are able to make an impact or contribute your little quota.

While growing up, I discovered I had flair for so many things. My heart was saturated with the desire to do so many things but I never thought of starting up a ministry or an association so to say. I was just interested in the female folk; its uniqueness, complexities and peculiarities. I therefore desired to make an impact and be of help. So, GirlsChat started off as a gathering of female friends who just wanted to keep up communication, strengthen bonds, and help each other achieve feats of excellence. That is the short story of how I came about my life assignment.

Let me now share some thoughts from my understanding on how you can discover your purpose.

First, discover that which you love to do, and gives you Joy. Discover that singular thing for which you can deny yourself sleep, and comfort. Discover not find! I said discover, because it is already in you, and you only need to allow it find expression. I understand that while trying to discover purpose, you get up to three or four options of things you feel you can do, and was created for. Please, give them time, and subject it to the passion-emotion test. Discover how you would fare if that which you called purpose is taken away from you.

Second, pay attention to those you consciously and unconsciously emulate and why you get so inspired by them. When you take time to analyse that, you could be on the path to discovering why you are here.

Third, discover the set of people for whom your heart burns, and the reason(s) for which your heart burns for them. They are your target audience, and this would help you in your purpose discovery and pursuit.

Now, let’s go a step further. What do you do when you discover purpose?

  • When you discover purpose, Please be committed to your audience. Don’t be found jumping from one audience to another. What you do with your foundation audience would go a long way in speaking for or against you. A Successful man of purpose would see that his audience grows to be the best they can. Please follow up on them. Be deliberate and intentional about making an impact. Remember, the whole essence of purpose is to make a lasting impact on people.
  • Please get better at YOU! Read up on books that would shed light on your path. If there happens to be professional courses that could be taken in line with your purpose, please go for them. Seize every opportunity to get better. It eventually opens door for greater platforms for you, and connects you with like minds.
  • Please do well to associate with people, and have someone you consciously and daily submit to. You might want to call the person a Mentor, Discipler, or Model. Remember for your Esther to be called a success, you need a Mordecai. Also, a tree does not make a forest.

Most importantly, please know that there is no purpose outside God. Purpose can only truly be found in HIM. Therefore, find God through Christ Jesus, if you are yet to. If you’ve found Him, develop your relationship with Him, and understand where He would love to send you. The message might indeed be similar, or even the same, but remember the approach, and dimension to which He raises you is unique. Celebrate your uniqueness in Him, and use it to bring Him glory!

I love you, and look forward to seeing you living life fulfilled!

Your Sister and Friend,

Ayomide MoyinOluwa Fatoki.

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Ayomide is the Coordinator of The Deborah Generation, the platform wherein she hosts a special meeting called “GirlsChat With Daddy”.

She is deeply passionate about raising women, nurturing them, and empowering them to be pillars in all sectors of life, and in their geographical locations. She has a desire to see the Girl-Child attain her highest form of potential, and to be part of a community where males and females are treated with gender Parity. Her greatest joy is to see families standing strong and staying true to family ties.

Ultimately, Ayomide’s desire and passion is to see ladies rise in the understanding of their place and position in El-Elohim; for until they see themselves in the light of who God has called them to be, they can’t attain the height which He wants them to.

Her GirlsChat holds monthly in Abeokuta, and now occasionally, in Ibadan and Lagos. She also hosts an annual Prayer Conference for both men and women in May because she believes in the efficacy of prayer as a tool for shaping the future and raising godly homes.

Please feel free to contact Ayomide via email at ayomifatoki@gmail.com , or via twitter and Instagram @GirlsChat_Ayomi.