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!