JustPurpose

Dreams Come True!

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Whenever I get the opportunity to connect with young people particularly teenagers and children, I always ask what dreams they have about the future. Their responses have always been amazing. I always hear these young people say they want to be artistes, teachers, politicians, lawyers, doctors, pilots and even the weirdest things you can imagine.

I know their dreams come from various sources. Some have a colouration of satisfaction with parental successes and a desire to become like Dad or Mum. Others just imagine that anything is possible and they flow with it. Somehow, there is a faith in every child that makes dreaming big possible.

But what happens as these kids grow up? Suddenly, they are not as lively and enthusiastic about life as they used to be. Someone said, childhood is the time to dream but adulthood is the time to wake up and face reality!

So when I talk to those children, I am tempted to say, “Don’t worry, I give you 10 years and you will just want to marry, have a job and live a quiet life.” But then, I think there is no harm in letting a child hope, so I tell him to believe in his dreams and I silently walk away.

Joseph had a dream at the tender age of 17 and you can tell, he was super excited  so much that he could not stop talking about his dream, even over dinner. But soon, the mischief of his brothers landed him in Egypt as a slave. We will expect that he was just going to say bye to his dreams like most  adults have. But NO, Joseph held on. He held on to God, who alone could bring his dreams to pass.

Whatever juncture you are in the journey of your life, this week, I encourage you to hold on to the God-given dreams in your heart. You may be in the Egypt of a job you hate. You may be in the prison of so much lack and your desires and aspirations seem impossible, just hold on. God will fulfill His purpose for your life.

And if you have a child around you, kindly cultivate the habit of helping him know that his dreams are possible. Let Him know that life may throw all sorts of darts at him, but with patience, persistence and a complete dosage of diligence, he can become all that God has planned for him to become because dreams come true!

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PurposePursuit

Who is With You?

When we read of the great exploits of the man called Moses, we may be tempted to think he was always like that- audacious, powerful and supernatural. But the truth is, he was not always like that. Moses had become a fugitive in the land of Midian where he was employed by his father in law to watch over a flock of sheep. It was an evening encounter with God that transformed his life’s journey, redirecting the course of his life. He was called by God to fulfill his destiny and liberate God’s people from slavery.

God was sending Moses on an errand that required joules of courageous energy and his first concern was embedded in the question he asked God thus:

And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
(Exodus 3:11-12 KJV)

It is amazing to find that God does not respond to Moses’ question not because it was not important but because it was not the right question. It appears God was saying “Mo, who you are is not the issue here. It is who I am…”

As we do purpose, we may be overwhelmed by the challenges that seem to confront us and we may be tempted to ask, like Moses, who we are to carry out God’s assignment for our lives. At such times, we can find courage in the fact that the identity and power of the person who is sending us and who promises to be with us is far more important than who we are and who we may ever think we can be!

This morning, I read about an old Native American story that tells of a young boy who was sent into the woods alone on an autumn night to prove his courage. Soon the sky darkened and the sounds of night filled the air. Trees creaked and groaned, an owl screeched, and a coyote howled. Even though he was frightened, the boy remained in the woods all night, as the test of courage required. Finally morning came, and he saw a solitary figure nearby. It was his grandfather, who had been watching over him all night.

Like Moses and the young boy in the story, our lives may be filled with many questions, struggles and the unknown realities of our life’s journey. Let’s be encouraged that if God be with us we can sleep soundly under the dark skies knowing that our confidence is not in who we are but in who is with us!

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Purpose Beyond Time

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Photo by Ajith U via flickr.

I recently had the privilege to share with a gathering of young people on how to make the best use of their days on earth. As I prepared for that meeting, I realized again that God has apportioned to each of us a length of time within which we must do purpose. We won’t be here forever. There is a life beyond time, the quality of which depends on our choices and faithfulness as stewards of time.

Rick Warren, in his book Purpose Driven Life explains that purpose prepares us for eternity. We were created to live forever. What we do here  determines who we become hereafter. I want to share very briefly three ways our living purposefully affects our lives in eternity.

1. Doing Purpose attracts eternal rewards.
The scripture is clear about the fact that we are not saved by works.  But we are saved to do good works. The works that we do don’t qualify us for heaven but they determine our rewards in eternity.

2. Doing Purpose attracts eternal influence.
Do you ever imagine getting to heaven and seeing folks who gave their lives to Christ because you shared the gospel with them? There is no greater satisfaction than to know that since living purposefully makes us invest in people who will live forever, our influence will last forever.

3. Doing Purpose advances God’s eternal plans.
Your purpose is a part of God’s global plan for humanity. Scripture says God’s plans are eternal. This means, when we do purpose, we advance his eternal plans. We contribute to eternity in time!
Knowing that purpose makes us partakers of God’s eternal purpose, our hope is strengthened. We are assured that we will reign with God forever as recipients of God’s grace revealed in Christ Jesus!

C.S Lewis once observed that the present is the point at which time touches eternity. Since all we have now is the present, let’s get busy doing purpose, so that when time ends, for us life shall then truly begin!