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!

 

JustPurpose

About Purpose and Fulfillment

The story is told about a pilot who always looked down intently on a certain valley in the Appalachians when the plane passed overhead. One day his co-pilot asked, “What’s so interesting about that spot?” The pilot replied, “See that stream? Well, when I was a kid I used to sit down there on a log and fish. Every time an airplane flew over, I would look up and wish I were flying… Now I look down and wish I were fishing.”

Many of us can relate with the dilemma of that pilot. There is a goal we set thinking that by achieving that goal we will find fulfillment. Then we achieve our goal and we begin to wish things were a little different. We grow up pursuing our big dreams. We go to school just so that we can make money. We run from pillar to post seeking to uncover the secrets to having that life we imagined. And then we get to catch a glimpse of the life we dreamt of and suddenly, what we have is not enough. We want more.

An average human being does not know what fulfillment is because he has never experienced it. You see, fulfillment is not a goal. It is an experience. You can attain a level of success and still not be fulfilled.

To be fulfilled is to be deeply satisfied with yourself. It is to be at peace with yourself knowing you are living the life you were created to live. Fulfillment is man’s deepest desire and the lack of fulfillment is his greatest source of frustration. In fact, the pursuit of fulfillment is man’s foremost endeavour. You may not know, but what you are really searching for is to be fulfilled. When you are fulfilled, you are powerful, in charge and free.

So, why do many people never find fulfillment? I believe the answer is simply that they look for it in the wrong places. Some seek fulfillment in pleasure. Others, work, religion, power and so on. But from all these, we have anything but fulfillment.

Truth is, we all can experience fulfillment. We all can have the more we desire for our lives. But “the more” we are looking for, the fulfillment we crave for is a bundle of experiences God has packaged in the pursuit of our life assignments. It is in the pursuit of God and his divine purpose that a man can be fulfilled and deeply satisfied.

Finding your purpose is the key to living a life of meaning and fulfillment. It is only in your God-given purpose that you can be truly fulfilled. It is when you find and give yourself to that for which you were put here that you can experience that deep-seated peace and a glowing joy in your heart as God derives pleasure from who you are and what you do in advancement of His kingdom and for the betterment of the human family.

I call you blessed!