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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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!

Guest Posts

OLADEJO OLUWATOOSIN: IT’S PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT.

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It's precepts upon precepts!

Like most students, (if not all, I don’t envy the remaining few) I hate exams. I wish that we can read and study and do all that but not have to write exams. The season of examinations is that time when my campus is very dry and quiet with everybody walking silently as if what they’ve read is in the danger of evaporation. It is this examination period that I want to blame for my inability to blog this post yesterday. It is also because of exams that you can be sure this piece will be as short as it can be.
I just want to share the story of my friend, Oladejo Oluwatoosin. She is a young poet and I am sure you’ll be blessed by the poem she has graciously agreed to share on this platform.

“I’m a young girl who has overtime come to realize that I was made to Worship! For some time. I had been trying to find out what exactly God would have me do to impart my world. I used to think that the whole picture was going to be revealed all at once until I got hold of Isaiah 28:9-10 and vs 10 especially.
Indeed it has been precept upon precept, line upon line and getting a little here and there. As His plans for my life still unfold, I have gotten to see that He gave me two things that drive me crazy; the ability to write inspirational rhythmic poems and also to sing and write songs. I call these EXPRESSIONS from my heart to glorify God and bless men. He reminds me every time that these gifts are for His glory and also for the blessings of His people. And each time I do these things, I’m so convinced that I was made for this. I’m not there yet. It’s precept upon precept.
My poems mean a lot to me. They’re basically words from God to me that He desires I share with others. They speak about who God is to me, how He’d have me live, the desires He’s put in me to see things go right in my generation.”

That’s her story. This is her poem:

A PRAYER TO GOD FOR MEN.

Destinies in captivity
Waiting to be delivered
People who want to live for eternity
Longing to be recovered

Lives seeking freedom
Just to do Your Will
They want to live for Your Kingdom
And worship with hearts quiet and still

Souls desiring to fulfil their time
With passion for purpose as well
They need a favourable clime
To be no longer trapped in a cell

In their helpless state
They plead for Your Salvation
So they can carry out the mandate
And thus, enjoy inner satisfaction

Hearken to their cry Oh Lord!
These weary souls revive
To dead and dry potentials, speak your Word
And they’ll sure come alive!

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