PurposePursuit

Planning for Change

Photo by Sean MacEntee via flickr
Photo by Sean MacEntee via flickr

My joy knew no bound on the 1st of December, 2009 when I got the information of my admission into Nigeria’s premier university to study my choice course, Law. Now, it’s a few months to the end of my pursuit of the L.L.B and again I am confronted with the reality that life is in stages and the only constant thing in life is change. As I look forward to studying at the Nigerian Law School next year I am persuaded that staying relevant in life’s scheme of events depends largely on your ability to understand the principles and maximise the power of change.

It is the popular saying that the only constant thing in life is change. Without change, there cannot be growth. If we are not growing, we are not living. There is probably nothing worse than a life void of change and improvement. George Bernard Shaw opines that “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

But we have a dilemma. American journalist, Sydney J. Harris expresses this truth when he said, “Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies -Robert Kennedy

You will not remain in school, or in that office or in that church. You may not always have that platform, neither will you be single forever. Our lives are subject to constant changes. We must learn to plan for change. As we move through the stages of life, we must learn to plan for the next stage of our lives. We should despite our fear for change, plan for it. Jesus had to prepare his disciples for the change their lives were set to experience as result of his departure. He saw the difficulty they had accepting this reality, thus, he encouraged them to embrace this change and plan for it.

How do we plan for change? I believe first, we must accept the reality of change. Until we accept that things will change whether we wish so or not, we cannot effectively plan for change.

Second, we must refuse to hold tightly to what we have at any moment in time. This involves thinking eternally. We must learn to think and plan on long term basis. We must embrace the brevity of our current circumstances and plan for the inevitable change.

I want to close with C.S Lewis’ description of the necessity for growth and consequently change thus;

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

Change is certain. The Economy will change. The requirements for employment will change. Fashion trends will change. We must identify our core values, and convictions. These we must guard as we go through change. We must plan and make change our friend.

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Atunbi Toyosi: A Rudderless Ship

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Are You like a rudderless ship?

A man without purpose is like a ship without a rudder- Thomas Carlyle

There are some words we often use without thinking deeply about their actual meaning- well, till perhaps our attention is drawn to it. You will agree with me that the word ‘purpose’ is one of these words. It is a seven letter word ladden with a huge meaning. A realization of the meaning of the word would make a man’s life on earth fulfilling. Purpose is the reason for which something exists or is made, used or done. It is the intended or desired result, goal or aim of a thing.

In our present generation, so much is being said about ‘purpose’. Until you get to that point in your life when you realize the need to know the actual reason for your existence, you are just like a ship without a rudder or an aeroplane without a compass.

I have a lecturer that loves to use analogies a lot. He says that when you board the right aeroplane, you will land at the appropriate airport. I would say that when you discover your purpose, you will land at your appropriate destination in life.

The best way to know the purpose of thing is to ask the inventor: God! God was thinking of you ever before you thought of Him. His purpose for you predates your conception. He planned it without your input. You don’t get to choose your purpose and your purpose will not conflict with God’s word.

For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorizes; all things were created by Him and for Him- Colossians 1:16.

To fulfill the purpose God made you for, you will have to challenge conventional wisdom and whatever the world requires of you that are not in line with the word of God. Doing this is of utmost importance especially with the present situation of the world and Nigeria in particular where everything seems to have gone wrong. The slogan is, ‘if you cannot beat them, then you join them’.

As children of the Almighty God, created to fulfill purpose on earth which ultimately is to glorify Him, we are to standout. Standing out includes those very little things like not jumping queue, not signing attendance for an absent person, writing the exact time you arrived at work, not reducing your age in order to get a job, obeying simple rules and regulations (which are in place to make life very easy for us) and the list goes on.

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God is an orderly God and His original plan was to have an orderly world. Yes the world is bad and things have gone all wrong but we in our little corner are to fulfil the intent of our Father by doing things the right way. The change to the wrong situation of things should start with you. Yes! You! The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. The Lord has made everything for His own purpose-Proverbs 16:4 and since this is the case, every reason for which he created us has to align with His intention.

I would conclude by saying that Jesus glorified God by fulfilling his purpose on earth; you should do likewise. So, stop procrastinating or arguing if you already know the reason for your existence. If you do not know yet, as was earlier stated, ask God! Know that you can hasten the answer as long as you do not despise the source, which is God. You will love the result. Have a fulfilling life.

 

*Atunbi Oluwatoyosilorun is a law graduate of Nigeria’s premier University. She is currently studying at the Nigerian Law School. Toyosi is an advocate for change who believes that change starts first privately and then becomes contagious.
Contact: atunbitoysi@gmail.com.

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