PurposeDiscovery

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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ABOUT THE MANY CATEGORIES OF PURPOSE

Recently, a friend asked a question in a Whatsapp group I belong to about Primary and Secondary purposes. Apparently, someone had taught, mentioned or implied that such categories of purpose exist. I responded that while I was not familiar with such categorization, I am aware of another categorization (for want of a better word) of purpose into General and specific purposes.

What I want to do in this piece is to share with you my thoughts on this subject. I have met too many people who have become confused about this issue and I think it is time I provided some clarity for such people.

First of all, the idea of categorization of purpose stems from another question that often bothers people about purpose. I have been asked a number of times if a person can have more than one purpose. From my interactions with people who ask this question, I have seen that they are generally unclear about this because from their analysis of their gifts and passions, they have realized that they are capable of achieving more than one thing with their lives. This is why purpose discovery is beyond the analysis of your gifts, talents, passions and experiences. Purpose discovery must begin and end with God. He is our Creator. He is the One who can tell in specific terms why He has put each of us here. Our gifts, talents, passions and experiences can only be pointers, they are not enough to ground our discovery without a revelation from God as to why He put us here.

My answer to the question of whether a person can have more than one purpose has always been that I believe God had one specific thing in mind when He created you and I think this is consistent with Scriptures. I have not seen anyone in scripture who had two purposes. It may require a depth of clarity to see the unity in their purposes, but I encourage you to take your time to study. You will find that men in scriptures were not jumping from one purpose to another neither were they running with different purposes. God is not the author of confusion.

It may be helpful to understand that your purpose is like a tree. Its root may extend to several places, it may have many branches, yet it is still one tree. Again, understanding how the different discoveries you have made about your life unify into one may require a depth of clarity but it is not out of your reach. I have personally walked several people through the process. It is amazing when you realize how all the pieces fit perfectly into one thing your whole life can be about.

Let me close by sharing some thoughts about the three dimensions of your purpose. I prefer to use the word “dimensions” rather than “categories” because I find it more apt in this context. First, there is the ULTIMATE purpose of every man which is about God’s dominion mandate to mankind i.e. to extend the influence of God’s Kingdom to every part of the Earth. Second, there is the GENERAL purpose of every believer (I hope you notice the specificity) which is to glorify God through worship, service, missions, discipleship and fellowship with other believers. Lastly, there is God’s SPECIFIC purpose for your life which is your unique way of fulfilling the Ultimate and General purposes by expressing your unique gifts, talents, personality, experiences and passions.

See, there is nothing complicated about why God has put you here. I recommend that you read this piece about the Kingdom to understand the Ultimate dimension of your Purpose and then read Rick Warren’s classic, Purpose Driven Life to understand its General dimension. My whole life work is to help you discover your purpose in its specific dimension. I believe I have shared a lot of actionable content to assist you in this journey and I certainly will do more.

Today and always, my prayer for you is that God’s light will shine on your path to give you clarity and precision about why you are here.

How have you found this helpful? Blessed? Please let me know in the comment section.

You matter to me always.

I call you blessed.

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Finding Yourself, Filling Your Space

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Sometimes ago, I read the story of a certain woman who spends about #420,000 monthly to look like Kim Kardashian. She believes that there is a seemingly insatiable appetite out there for Kim. If she succeeds in looking like her, she’ll start getting paid to act like her at events.

This may be a fantastic idea in the Western culture which is all about making celebrities out of every one who can pay the price. But it definitely makes little or no sense here in Nigeria. How would I pay someone to act like Genevieve Nnaji for instance in my son’s birthday?

Now, it is my understanding from my interaction with people that many of us lack the knowledge of our true identity and spend a lot more than  #420,000 trying to be who we are not. We go around wearing masks, hiding our true selves while we run around acting other people because we lack knowledge of who we truly are. Many of us are victims of a massive and gross identity theft!

We spend so much to buy what we do not need to impress people we do not even like. We trade our uniqueness for the opinion of people simply because we are not aware of who we truly are- who we were created to be and why we are here in the first place.

The key to living a life of impact and leaving our footprints in the sands of time lies in the understanding of our identity and purpose. Without the knowledge of who we truly are, we cannot release and maximise our full potentials. Without the knowledge of our purpose, we become victims of life’s greatest tragedy.

So, how do we find our true selves and fill the space we were created to fill? I believe the answer can only be found in The Creator’s manual for life. We are not products of a big bang incident. We have a creator and He alone can tell us why and who He created us to be. No one knows a product more than its manufacturer. Thus, it is in our relationship with God that we find our true selves and understand our purpose.

What God says about us is the only valid authority on who we are. We must not settle for counterfeit when we can be original. It is by the understanding of ourselves, which we get from our interaction with God that we can fully realize what we are capable of doing and why we are here.

Who you are is a great pointer to why you are here. As you understand your Personality, Abilities, Compassion and Experiences, you can set your P.A.C.E, and fill your space.

This week, I encourage you to take strategic steps to find and accept your true identity by relating with your creator. Understand your purpose and fill your unique spot. Be yourself, everyone else is taken!

Blessed? I’ll love to hear from you. Please leave a comment!

You matter to me always!