PurposePursuit

​Are You Ready?

Last week, I shared on my Whatsapp and Facebook based platform, JustPurposeDaily, about how people sometimes experience disparity between the substance of their life message and the reality of their lives. For example, you find someone who says God has called him to help people live sexually pure lives helplessly languishing in all kinds of sexual addictions. You probably can point to one guy who claims he has been called to liberate men from the shackles of poverty and who still cannot afford a three-square meal daily. The question then is why?
While I have identified a lack of understanding of the leverage of purpose as one reason for this disparity, I believe there is another reason that is perhaps more practical and more applicable to most people who have this issue. This is the issue of PREPARATION.

Sometimes ago, a friend of mine started a daily broadcast that communicated his life message to his audience. Then, he stopped. When I asked why, he responded that he found that much of what he shared were theoretical truths he had learnt and not practical insights he had practised. He believed he was not yet ready for that level of impact, he needed to focus on preparing for the task of his life assignment. My friend had understood that without thorough preparation, there was no way he would be a proof of the message he preached.

Today, I want to talk briefly about PREPARATION for your purpose pursuit. I believe this is the most important factor that determines the level of your impact. Everyone who will effectively do purpose must undergo two types of preparations.

1. Prerequisite Preparation: Preparation as a REQUIREMENT

This the kind of preparation that is necessary before any meaningful step can be taken in the pursuit of your purpose. If you are called to be a lawyer for instance, you have to be trained in the University and at the Law School before you can be called to the Nigerian Bar. But then, this only gets you qualified. To be great at what you do, you will need to not only pass through these institutions, but to also grow your mind and learn to reason like a lawyer. You will need to be mentored and exposed as a necessary prerequisite to becoming the kind of lawyer that is worthy of your calling.

There are too many folks out there who jumped into the pursuit of purpose too early without the necessary preparations. The end result usually is their inability to deliver the kind of impact that is required of them. Perhaps the greatest secret to the phenomenal success of Apostle Paul was the 14-year period he spent in Arabia before returning to Jerusalem. I believe those years were the time he encountered Jesus more intimately and was empowered to be effective in the pursuit of his assignment.
While, you can take some little steps in the pursuit of your purpose, the time of prerequisite preparation is not the time to make noise. It is the time to learn, grow and study so that you can show yourself approved when your time of manifestation comes.

2. Concurrent Preparation: PREPARATION AS A CULTURE

Your pursuit of purpose will be in phases as you expand your influence and break new frontiers. Thus, you will need to embrace the culture of preparation. As you take a new job or receive invitations to speak at different conferences and events; as you meet new people or travel to different places, you will always need to be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Peter Senge has rightly observed that what distinguishes most outstanding leaders is not usually their public speaking skills, brilliance or eloquence. Rather, they stand out because of their clarity and the persuasiveness of their ideas, the depth of their commitment and their openness to continually learn more. People who deliver impact are learners. For us who do purpose, all of life is a school. You cannot let up on learning.

A young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job.

“That depends,” replied the foreman. “Let’s see you fell this tree.”

The young man stepped forward, and skilfully felled a great tree. Impressed, the foreman exclaimed, “You can start Monday.”

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday rolled by — and Thursday afternoon the foreman approached the young man and said, “You can pick up your pay check on the way out today.”

Startled, the young man replied, “I thought you paid on Friday.”

“Normally we do,” said the foreman. “But we’re letting you go today because you’ve fallen behind. Our daily felling charts show that you’ve dropped from first place on Monday to last place today.”

“But I’m a hard worker,” the young man objected. “I arrive first, leave last, and even have worked through my coffee breaks!”

The foreman, sensing the young man’s integrity, thought for a minute and then asked, “Have you been sharpening your axe?”

The young man replied, “No sir, I’ve been working too hard to take time for that!”

Like that young man, there is a kind of preparation that is necessary to get your purpose started, but more importantly, you must embrace the culture of preparation if you will remain in business. So, what steps will you take to prepare yourself for your life assignment? What is the cross you must carry today to be able to be the saviour of the people you have been called to serve? What new information must you acquire to keep your axe sharpened and keep your place in the charts?
Whether you have just discovered purpose or you have been in pursuit for a while, the culture of preparation is a necessary prerequisite to playing your role in God’s global plan.

I call you blessed!

PurposePursuit

The Priority of Getting Better.

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Can you get better?

The story is told of a young boy about 12 years of age who would rise very early every morning clutching an old cello case. He had developed interests in the cello after seeing the instrument in a music recital at age eleven; soon, his father built him one. His interests and commitment to music at such an early age proved to be the seed of destiny for one of the world’s greatest cellist.

At age 85, Pablo Casals despite his great success, continued to rise early and spend most of the day practicing his cello. When he was asked during an interview why he continued to practice five hours a day, Casals replied, “Because I think I’m getting better.”

God has blessed each of us with gifts, talents and unique life experiences so that we can bless the human family and advance God’s eternal plan for humanity. But too often, we settle for the normal when we can break limits and set new frontiers. Too often we fail to reach the height and depth of our greatest potentials because we achieve a level of success and get stuck.

I want to share three things very quickly on how we can keep the priority of getting better.

First, our discovery of purpose makes the releasing and maximisation of our potentials absolutely necessary. When you find purpose and decide to follow God through in its pursuit, you sign up for a pursuit to maximise your potentials.

Second, the discovery of purpose does not always translate to the maximisation of your potentials. You have to make a decision to develop a plan for your continuous growth. Your commitment to growth is key to giving your getting better a priority. If you are a writer for instance, how often would you write, read and engage other writers in order to hone your skills and grow your art? Growth must be intentional.

Third, you must continuously reexamine your progress. Know that you compete only with yourself. Thus you must constantly ask yourself; “Have I fully utilized my abilities, talents and gifts?” “Can I do better?”

When we read stories of men like Pablo Casals, the Apostle Paul and even our Jesus, our Lord, we are reminded that we have a responsibility to live our lives to fullest. We must not settle for less than out best when we can get better. We must make it our priority to get better not just for our own sake, but for those who will come after us, treading the paths that we currently tread!

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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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