PurposeDiscovery

LISTENING TO GOD IN YOUR HEART

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When I talk to people about purpose discovery, I love to hear them speak from their heart. I understand that God has created every one of us with a unique heartbeat. This not only reflect the uniqueness of the rhythm of our blood producing organ, but also the issues and people for whom our hearts beat- Our Passions.

Nehemiah was comfortable in the foreign land where he served the King but when he heard of the reproach of the City of Jerusalem as her walls were broken and shamefully deserted, his heart broke. He could not eat. He could not rest. Everything in him was stirred to want to do something about Israel’s reproach. He got letters from the king and went back home to get the work done. He accomplished the mission because he listened to God in His heart.

What is it that breaks your heart? What grieves you? Battered wives? Abused children? Ignorance? Disease? Poverty? Masturbation and pornography? Spiritual apathy among young people? What makes you cry is a clue to the problem you were created to solve, conquer and change. Compassion is a signpost. Where you hurt the most is a clue to what you may heal the best.

What Needs Will You Meet?

You are a reward to someone. Your purpose is God’s specific mandate for you to meet a need. What need will you meet?

a. Spiritual needs: Will you be concerned about the spirituality of people around you? God has called us to the ministry of reconciliation, discipleship and kingdom building. Will these be your personal, specific life ministry?

b. Physical needs: There are several people in our world who lack shelter, clothing and food. Will God use you to meet such physical needs? Will you make your resources available for other people to live better lives?

c. Emotional needs: Individuals who are hurting abound around you. Will they find a comforter and an inspiration in you? Is your heart burdened for young people suffering from issues of self-esteem, and parental irresponsibility?

d. Relational needs: Will you be concerned about issues that border on relationships? Will you help people create and sustain Christ-centered relationships in their homes, workplaces, Church and in society at large?

e. Vocational needs: Our society is in dire need of professionals with integrity of heart and skillfulness of hands. Will you use your expertise in service to God’s kingdom and humanity?

You have been gifted to meet any of the above needs. You must not ignore the bleeding of your heart any longer. Enough of your sidon look attitude. Ask God what he wants to do about that issue that breaks your heart and what role he will have you play in the solution to the problem.
Let your heart beat for God!

PurposeDiscovery

Insights Into Unraveling Your Purpose

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When I started this blog, it was my mandate to help people find the reason for their existence and maximise their potentials in the pursuit of their purpose. Although, I have tried to talk about various issues as I have found them relevant to my goal, I feel the need to talk more specifically to those who still seek discovery.

One of the biggest truths that has confronted me in my pursuit to help find and give a deeper meaning to their lives by understanding the intention of the creator for their lives is the fact that I cannot tell people their purposes.

There are very few instances where I am inspired to believe that solving a particular problem is the purpose of a friend I just spoke with. But this happens rarely.

Purpose discovery is about You and Your relationship with Your creator. Your purpose can only be discovered by relating personally with your Creator. Only God can tell you your purpose. It is very important that we get this truth because only God can sustain our pursuit too. It all starts and ends with God.

That said, I believe that purpose discovery is not always exclusively a matter of prayer and fasting. While these are integral to the whole process, your discovery is basically a gaining of understanding- what I like to call “your a-ha moment!” It is that moment (or for some, a series of moments) when it all begins to make sense- your gifts, passion, personality, experiences- all begin to lead somewhere and you get this sense of “I was made for this!”

Thus, it all depends on your ability to hear and be connected to God. I believe the process of discovery always involves a level of Holy Spirit co-ordinated soul-searching aimed at helping you uncover your true self and understanding your SHAPE. You were designed for your assignment. So, understanding your design will help in finding that for which you were assigned!

If you are at this stage of purpose discovery, I want to ask you to find some time alone with God and attend to this three-part questionnaire adapted from my gleanings from Don Cousin’s Experiencing Leadershift. I believe your discovery could be aided by them.

Part 1

List what you believe to be your primary spiritual gifts and talents. Then write a one or two sentence definition of each gift you list. Your spiritual gifts and talents were given to you with your purpose in view. Understanding them is important to your discovery and pursuit.

Part 2

Write a paragraph stating what you’re most passionate about. What is it that really get your juices flowing? What turns your crank, keeps you awake at night? What or who do you feel deeply about? If you could focus all your life in a particular direction, what would it be? If you could do something without pay, what would it be? This would reflect your passion and your unique heartbeat for God.

Part 3

Have you ever experienced a deep satisfaction doing something with a feeling that God’s power was released through you? Have you done something before that felt like God showed up while you did it? What were you doing when you had this experience? Highlight 5 of such experiences in which you felt God’s pleasure. This would help open your eyes to the possibility that you are already in pursuit, but just didn’t know.

If the experiences you shared have something in common that reflects your passion and express your gifts, you might just have found purpose. I want to beg you to let God lead you through the process. Don’t assume you have found purpose until you hear a Word from him to confirm your discovery and tell you what is next!


Afterwords

If you have issues with hearing God, Rick Warren has been doing a series on this on his Daily Hope devotional. You can find help there!

I would love to help and hear from you. If you would like to share issues from your search for your life assignment with me or would want me to hear the story of your pursuit, kindly contact me! It would be my greatest pleasure to be part of what God wants to do through you!

PurposeDiscovery

Basic Steps to Making a Life

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There is space for you!

In their book Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and David Clifton state that every person is capable of doing something better than the next ten thousand people! This assertion is attested to by our Creator Himself in His Word as we are told that every man has his own area of ability to do well.
It is my understanding that the key to enjoying limitless opportunities is in the understanding, releasing and maximising of your potentials.

The house of Israel had to move from Canaan to Egypt as a result of the terrible famine that ravaged the world at the time.
This change definitely had implications for them, chief of which was the fact that the Egyptians detested Shepherds. The Hebrews being shepherds, would have to restrict their expansion to Goshen, the North Eastern part of Egypt.

But then, Scriptures tell us some of them will be entering the service of the Egyptian Pharaoh and would definitely have access to opportunities that flow with working for royalty. But this offer was not for all.

…if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock.

The offer was strictly for those who had special ability- the finest of them all!

I believe there is a principle we must learn here. Even in the Egypts where shepherds are detested, there is space for those who have special ability.

Men with special abilities are always sought after because they are the answers to the questions!

We are all born with special abilities by which we can do things in a manner no one else can. This means that there is space for every one of us to not just make a living but to make a life!

But how do you make this happen? Here are some thoughts:

1. Discover your gifts

This is the first question you must ask yourself. What can you do? What do you know how to do best? What are your gifts and talents? By the light of God’s Word, you can unravel what you are capable of doing.
You may also want to ask from friends close to you. But God is the best source of the answer to the question of what you can do.

2. Refine your gifts

When you find your gifts, they don’t automatically convert to space for you. You must sharpen your axe. You don’t discover refined gold. You refine discovered gold. You cannot reach your full potentials unless you refine your gifts. Otherwise, you may just get trapped in mediocrity.
Practice. Read. Seek the gurus. Be mentored.

3. Serve your gifts

Someone once said your gifts require responsibility in order to expose your possibilities. As you refine your gifts, embrace responsibility. Serve your gifts to the world. Begin with the little things. Serve your way to greatness. Learn to go the extra mile.

It definitely takes more than talent to succeed in life. No success story is possible without Grace, focus, practice, perseverance and character development. But discovering, refining and serving your gift to the world are very important steps to standing out and being sought after.

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