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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!


Defining Your Gifts

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Last week, I talked about how to make the best out of your life by understanding, releasing and maximising your potentials.

This week I want to address the issue of how you can discover your gifts. What practical steps can you take to find answers to the question of what you are capable of doing?

First, if you are asking this question, it is a step in the right direction and I am very happy for you.

Second, I want you to know that there really is no “how to” on discovering your potential. Yes, there are principles we must pay attention to but we cannot develop some steps and say by merely following them, a discovery of your potentials is guaranteed.

Like the discovery of anything valuable, understanding your potentials takes time- maybe a lifetime. Since your potentials are limitless, you probably will continue to find that there is something new you can do as you go on through life.

In the short length of time I have been devoted to helping people maximise their potentials, I have found that there is (actually) only one step to finding your gifts. It is not a complicated process. It is the path of experimentation.

I believe experimenting through service is the key to defining your gifts and talents. Let me explain what I mean with the fictional story of Henry.

“Henry used to be just a regular member of his church. He’ll just “pop in and pop out” not serving in any unit of the church because he always felt he had nothing to offer. One day, there was a vacancy in the church Sunday School department and the Pastor announced that the church needed people gifted in teaching to join the department. At first, Henry dismissed the silent thought that came to him asking him to volunteer for a few weeks and if he did not enjoy it, he’d withdraw. He really wanted to serve God but he had decided he would find his gifts first before joining any unit. After much struggle, he finally agreed to join the department ‘just for a few weeks.’ He currently serves as the Sunday School Superintendent of the church and even coordinates the Holiday Bible School for kids.”

You have several gifts, talents and abilities loaded inside you that you may never release unless you stepped out to try them out.
Service is the path to discovering what you are capable of doing because like Rick Warren once said “You will never know what you’re good at until you try.”

I agree that there are some [Spiritual] gifts that you do not experiment with- the gift of prophecy for instance. That is why I must warn you don’t just begin to serve but you must listen to God, paying attention to the burning bush.

You cannot refine your gifts unless you have defined them. Service provides a platform for both.

So, do you want to discover what you are capable of doing? Begin to volunteer. Take initiative. Embrace responsibility. Serve!

By God’s grace, this is the last piece I will be publishing as an undergraduate. I wish to dedicate this to all who have contributed to my successful pursuit of the LLB and to the LLB Klass of 14.
We have come this far, we are surely going farther! It is my prayer that we shall all discover purpose, maximise our potentials and sow seeds that will benefit others!

Regular and consistent Tuesday publications will resume next week. Thanks for flying with me!

©2014, Alabi AimPurpose IfeOluwa
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Basic Steps to Making a Life

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.

©2014, Alabi AimPurpose IfeOluwa
All rights reserved.