JustPurpose

THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY?

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I had a discussion with some friends some days ago about how our jobs may be keeping us from doing the things we are very passionate about. It became clear to us that sometimes all that a job does for you is to keep you from working. Does that not sound interesting? Is there a difference between your job and your work?

Have you ever heard speakers say if you look forward to Friday in your current workplace, you need to find a new job? I have read many stories of people who left their jobs because they felt it was not expressing their passions. The story of a young man who resigned from his six figures paying job to pursue his dreams readily comes to mind. He soon found out that life was not as easy as he thought and that people who stay stuck in an unfulfilling job do so for good reason which is that it puts food on their table and helps them keep body and soul together.

So, I’ll like to share some thoughts on this issue. If you feel stuck in your current job, I hope these thoughts help you find clarity and begin to live fully and well.

  1. UNDERSTANDING THE WORK-JOB DICHOTOMY

There is a difference between your job and your work. Some of us are blessed to find both in one preoccupation. Your job is what you do to keep you busy and meet your physical needs. Apostle Paul suggested that anyone who used to steal before they got saved, should go get a job so they can earn a living to be able to serve others. Paul himself was a tentmaker. So, your job is how you earn your survival. Your work on the other hand is the God-intended medium by which you were planned to live fully and maximise your life. Your work is how you interact with your domain of impact and advance God’s Kingdom on earth. The purpose of your job is so you can earn. The purpose of your work is so you can live.

  1. EARNING OR LIVING: WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?

I have established that there is a difference between your job and your work. Your job gives you a source of earning, your work gives you a source of living. Now, many people never get to decide which is more important to them. The society already configures us to run after earning rather than living. Do you eat to live or live to eat? Why do we eat if not to have strength to live and live well? Why should you earn at all if that would not help you sustain a meaningful existence? So, you see, you were planned to live fully not just survive. You were made for more. And in the final analysis, the more you were created for isn’t first a function of how much you earn but how well you live.

  1. FINDING THE MEETING POINT

I believe one of the keys to a fulfilling life is to find the meeting point between how you earn for survival and how you really live. One, your job may be flexible enough to accommodate your engagement with your life work. In this case, your job may serve as financier for your life assignment. This was the case for Apostle Paul. As a tentmaker, he was able to earn enough to sustain his missionary activities in addition to donations and contributions from other co-workers in the ministry. Two, your job may be an expression of your work. I am a lawyer. My legal practice puts food on my table. However, it does more than that. I believe God has called me to eradicate crime from our society by bringing the message of purpose into the criminal justice system of our society. Three, your work can become your job. There is a way you can monetize your work so that it does more than expressing your passions, it also becomes a source of income. The idea of course isn’t to make your pursuit of purpose about your making money, but as you do purpose, you create value people can pay for and as they do so, you earn.

I believe it is because most people do not understand the work-job dichotomy that they are stuck and unhappy in their jobs. That is why we have people who earn so much but are so unhappy. They feel stuck in between the need to make ends meet and live fulfilling lives. But this does not have to be the case. If you first of all believe that your life serves a purpose greater than what you earn, then you can find the courage to admit the meeting point. Before you leave your job in the pursuit of your dreams, you must be sure to make plans for your transition because you understand that you have to be alive to live. Whether or not you look forward to every Friday of the week really isn’t as important as whether you are truly deriving the satisfaction you were planned to derive from your life and whether, you are living in such a way that society can be overflowing in gratitude to God for your existence.

Blessed? Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section.

You matter to me always.

JustPurpose

WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU HERE FOR? (RECAP)

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For the past three weeks, three amazing individuals have graciously granted us access into their world of Purpose. Together, we have journeyed into the realms of their understanding about what is purpose is and how it may be discovered. I should thank you for your feedbacks and comments throughout this series on #WhatOnEarthAmIHereFor? I trust it has been worth your time and attention.

In the first week, Ayomide Fatoki shared with us the idea that purpose can only be found in God. She shared with us, the story of how she discovered her purpose by responding a gentle nudging of the Spirit to gather some ladies to pray. She hinted that our assignments may be similar in scope but different in dimensions. On how to discover purpose, she suggested that first, we should discover that which we love to do and then that singular thing for which we can deny ourselves sleep, and comfort. Second, she said we should pay attention to those who consciously and unconsciously influence our actions. Third, she said we should discover the set of people for whom our hearts burn, and the reason(s) for which our hearts burn for them.

Then, we had Noah Bello share with us the idea that everyone in history who has been called great had a very unique ability to focus on one thing as the major preoccupation of their lives. He opined that purpose is not the same as passion, neither do our gifts and abilities equal our callings. However, these things can be pointer to our purpose. Purpose discovery ought to be a by-product of our relationship with God who is our Creator. In his conclusion, he urged us make our relationship with God.

Lastly, Oluwatoyin Ajilore advanced the discussion by helping us to see the tragedy of purposeless living. She used the fearful image of a man who on his death-bed realizes he has spent his life in pursuit of nothing. Then, she went on to reflect on how she came to understand that purpose isn’t primarily about something a man must do or become but about glorifying God and demonstrating the manifold wisdom of God to all men. She said, we are here simply to show God’s glory, and that could be achieved through any path God has chosen for us. We can know what our paths are by simply walking with God on a daily basis. We cannot be complacent in our walk with God and expect to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

I have been tremendously blessed by the thoughts these very amazing individuals have shared in the course of this series. I believe you have too. I have learnt and gleaned a lot too. As I end this series, I want to share my gleanings and invite you to do the same.

  1. I learnt that the kind of people who influence and inspire me the most can be a pointer to why I am here.
  2. My purpose is too important to be left to guesswork. I must connect and stay connected with God since he is my manufacturer and the authorised source of my purpose.
  3. All that I do must be to glorify God. I am here to show forth God’s glory and manifest his manifold wisdom to the world. As I help people find their purpose and rid the society of Crime, God’s glory must be my intention and motivation.

These are my gleanings. I’ll like to read yours. What have you learnt from the thoughts our guests have shared with us? In what ways have you been blessed by this series? Please spare some time to share by leaving a comment below.

Next week, I’ll be here again to speak of the beauty of God in You. I hope to have you around.

You matter to me always.

I call you blessed.

JustPurpose

WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?

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In his book, First Things First, Stephen Covey wrote about how Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychologist who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany made a startling discovery about why some people survived the horrible conditions and some did not. After considering several factors – health, vitality, family structure, intelligence, survival skills, Frankl concluded that none of these factors was primarily responsible for most people’s survival. The single most significant factor, he realized, was a sense of future vision – “the impelling conviction of those who were to survive that they had a mission to perform, some important work left to do.”

I think we all will agree that man’s greatest desire is to matter. Deep in our hearts, all that we want and which we so diligently work for is to keep our heads high, having something to be enthusiastic about and knowing that we are living for a purpose greater than ourselves. Invariably, the greatest question man will ever ask is this, “what on earth am I for?”

Now, for about five years, it has been my life work to help people find answers to their questions about purpose and potential. I have met people who make a lot of money yet are so poor because they don’t know why they are on earth. Conversely, I have met people who are not materially rich but who derive a lot of pleasure from living because they have found God and know why He put them here. In these five years, I have found that the most important thing about life isn’t what you have but who you are and who or what you are living for. So, life’s greatest discovery is the discovery of purpose and its greatest achievement is the fulfillment of purpose. There is a greater tragedy in living than in death when purpose is taken out of the picture of life.

The words of Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10 are my most favourite words in the Scriptures. The Apostle says, “In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.” I believe this points to the fact that God created us to live for His purposes and we are being recreated in Christ so we can be able to deliver our life assignments. God has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. (2 Timothy 1:9). Our lives matter because we have a purpose in God that must be discovered and fulfilled to the glory of God and for the betterment of humanity.

This platform was created to help you understand why you are here and maximise your potentials in the pursuit of that purpose and in the next four weeks, I’ll be hosting four amazing individuals who have been of tremendous blessing to my life and work. These people will be sharing their understandings about the issue of purpose and how they believe purpose can be found and fulfilled. They will be providing practical insights to help you navigate the murky waters of purposelessness and find your way into the life of purpose and impact you deserve.

Would you make it a date with us every Saturday as we embark on this journey of discovery, empowerment and impartation? You too can join the conversation. Feel free to ask questions and invite your friends to be blessed as well.

You matter to me always.

I call you blessed!