JustPurpose

Life, Memories and Purpose

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Every day, I receive notifications from Facebook about events that happened on my timeline in the past years. Yesterday, as I scrolled down, I saw people I became friends with, thoughts I shared and pictures I uploaded. In a way, it felt as though I could relive those moments. But those times are gone. I have made an exchange with history. I have traded the past for the present and I got memories as bonus.

As I have grown, I have come to appreciate what Karl Lagerfeld said about photographs. They capture moments that when gone are impossible to reproduce. I don’t have so much of photographs, but I am learning that we cannot have good memories of the past if we are not living well today. Therefore, it is important that we pay attention to how we are living today so that we can intentionally create memories that would inspire us to maximise tomorrow.

In essence a discussion on how to create positive memories is actually a discussion about making the best of today.

  1. It is okay to smile and have fun.

Someone once asked me if purpose is all work and no play. He wondered if it is possible to go to the cinemas, visit friends and have a lot of fun and still live purposefully. My response was that purpose isn’t something we do but someone we are. It is not about being spiri koko. It is about living the life of God and fulfilling your role in His global plan. This is why we must develop a good sense of humour and still take life seriously. We must learn to smile, have fun and live well. Do something out of the box. Go out with a friend. Live fully in the moment you are in.

  1. It is okay to think of yourself less and more of others.

Of all the things that Facebook reminds me of every day, I have found that I am usually more interested in the people I became friends with and the life I have shared with people on the social media space. I agree with Ama Ata Aidoo that humans, not places make memories. Positive memories do not consist primarily in the things we do, but in the people we impact. This is why when I think of my life twenty years from now I imagine that I will be able to look back and see how more people now live meaningfully because they met me at some points in their life journeys. Who will you share today with so that you can look back tomorrow and be inspired by your own impacts?

It is true that to live well in the present, you must let the past be past. However, it is equally true that the long line of life behind us can be a springboard for outstanding accomplishments in the future. Just like Facebook, life has a mechanism that makes us depend on our memories to be fully human. Tomorrow, when you will look back at today, what do you expect to see?

Blessed? Let me hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment.

You matter to me always.

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PurposePursuit

Tomorrow May Never Come!

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It is reported that Colonel Rahl, commander of the British troops in Trenton, New Jersey, was playing cards when a courier brought an urgent message stating that General George Washington was crossing the Delaware River. The Colonel put the letter in his pocket and didn’t bother to read it until his card game was finished.

Then, realizing the seriousness of the situation, he hurriedly tried to rally his men to meet the coming attack, but it was too late. His procrastination caused many of his men to be killed, and the rest of the regimen to be captured.

Later, Nolbert Quayle gave a report of the incident, and said, “Only a few minutes delay cost him his life, his honor, and the liberty of his soldiers. Earth’s history is filled with the wrecks of half-finished plans and unexecuted resolutions. ‘Tomorrow’ is the excuse of the lazy, and the refuge of the incompetent!”

How often do we postpone events to a latter date out of sheer laziness? How often do we leave our plans unfinished in hope of tomorrow?

Scripture says God’s mercies are new every morning and that God daily loads us with benefits. This means that in God’s plans for our lives, with daily mercies, come daily assignments which must not be postponed till another day.

Everyday is important to our quest to live fully to die empty. We must pay attention to God’s predetermined good works for each day and by His grace, accomplish them. With this understanding, I pray we would be helped to maximize today even if tomorrow never comes! Amen.

PurposePursuit

Doing Business with Time.

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For a while now, I have found myself thinking about the issue of time and our estimation of its value. I have come to understand that Time is the currency of life. In all that we do, we trade with time. Indeed, the quality of our lives depends on the effectiveness of our usage of time. You know the cliché, time is money.

As I pondered more on this issue, I realized that because our pursuits of purpose involve people, we are traders in the business of time. Our quest to share our life messages with people is a request for people to exchange their time for something we claim we have to offer.

The question then is: how much value do you have to exchange for people’s time? If I spared you five minutes of my time to listen to your message, would it be worth it?

This was the question that bothered my heart as I read Timi’s post on the new ERT features on the WordPress reader. Your stopping by to read my post this week reflects your desire to spend some time to hear what I have to say either to help you find God’s purpose for your life or to make you more effective in the pursuit of God’s purpose for your life. It is my sincere hope that at the end of today when you balance your account, the time you spend here will be worth the value you got.

But then, the quality of what you have to offer those who listen to you everyday, every week and all the time is a function of what you are also exchanging your time for. If you spend your time feeding on junks, you can only offer me junks in exchange for my time.

This is why you and I must read. It is why we spend time with God. To remain fresh. To have value to offer for time. It is why we must spend our time and money to develop ourselves. Because very soon, people will have to give more than their time to listen to us. They will have to pay money to hear us. But what would we have to offer then? What do we have to offer now?