An atricle to cause the reader to stop, pause and reconsider his or her purpose in life
The Purpose Led Life
Life is existence. It is Godís breath of life. It is consciousness. It is the ultimate search for meaning. Life can only be understood in relation to senses. Life is given more meaning and understanding when the senses are jointly applied.
It is the application of the senses that brings about a deep consciousness of the reason for life. It brings the essence of life into focus. The senses are five fold dimensional; eyesight, smell, touch, taste and hearing.
No doubt, the denial of one either makes the other or others sharper, more efficient or in contrast makes life less meaningful. Imagine what life would be if you have perfectly good eyesight yet you canít hear. A world without hearing the winds bellow, fused with the melodramatic voices of the canaries, the prodding robins in the skyline and the hooting of vehicle horns.
A world, without hearing the noise of the market place or the angelic voices of your church choir or having the feeling of the cool and relaxing breeze of the lagoon without the accompanying noise of the high tidal waves makes life less meaningful.
Even when all noises in the background grindingly comes to a dead silence, it is a beauty of creation to appreciate and which makes life meaningful. What would life mean to one who can hear yet cannot see the godly craftsmanship of his or her face? You hear the sweet voices of concern and care of loved ones but cannot appreciate the natural creations of the master creator.
The early morning dew on the green terraces, the indescribable radiance and beauty of the rainbow or a shooting star as it shoots at an incredible speed across the skyline are works of the master creator that life will not give such a person the opportunity to see. The pains of travail in labour or death can be heard but faces real joy of a new born baby or a miraculous recovery; healing or deliverance cannot be seen.
Life, I say with boldness is not fair. It has no apologies to give and neither does it explain its outpouring of venom on any one.
When it blesses, all, in sincerity and in mock will celebrate the victory, the deliverance, promotion or even miracle.
Life, you will no doubt agree, is always silent to cries, wailings, gnashing of teeth, misfortunes, jubilations, and tears of joy or even victories. If you find your self in neither of the categories mentioned or possible situations, you have only one thing to say and one thing to do;
Say - Abba Father, thank you!
Do - To live a purpose led life
I want you to challenge this statement; Life will give you not what you want but what you are. This is a weighty statement that must be meditated upon will seriousness and diligence.
This is because many people drift through life without having a reason or purpose for living. Often timeís people erroneously believe that life is all about waking up and etching out a subsistence or existence.
One is born, goes to school, gets an educational or vocational training, gets married and fends for the family and hey presto! Thatís life to them.
That may seem fulfilling especially when your take home pay does take you home. For many whose take home pay canít take them home, life seems to be a recurring decimal of activities and motions that automatically translates you into a state of asking questions and blame apportioning.
Many reflect and meditate about the state in which they find themselves. Many ask questions and often times get the answers and do nothing. Many donít ask or reflect or meditate. They simply resign to fate in that, thatís the way life, is; may be one day lady good luck will shine on me! One day my person will be in the corridors of power and I shall arise and shine!
Truly speaking whether you are in a good paying job or not; whether your plans are being realized or not; whether your set goals for the year are being achieved or not; whether all hell seem to be loose on you or whether you are in a state of poverty or a victim of near success syndrome or you perceive that someone or a force is behind you dismal state, they are not permanent things that we should savor in.
The rich can become poor just because of an unwise investment or of a government policy of intervention. The comfortable can become uncomfortable because of standing surety for a stranger.
Solomon the wise observes in Ecclesiastes 9:11 that;
.. the fastest runner doesnít always win the
race and the strongest warrior doesnít always
win the battle .The wise are often poor
and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy.
And those who are educated donít always
lead successful lives. It is decided by chance,
being at the right place at the right time.
(New Living Translation).
It is obvious that you can be the best employee in your company or the best positioned by virtue of education or human connection, yet you are so unfulfilled. You may have been the most likely to succeed in your graduating class but yet years after graduating, it is that your class mate that was always in the canteen loitering and doing nothing but gisting that gives you handouts to survive. Ask yourself these questions, is it not happening today? Is that a meaningful life? Donítí you see in our society today, cripples, blind and maimed employing the services of fully and able bodied persons to carry them on begging trips on the streets?
To the many that are complete with their five senses and can appreciate the totality of Godís creating powers, how meaningful is your life? What do you really think you have achieved on your short stay on earth? I hope you are not like the one Helen Keller, the blind but very successful woman described as, one who has sight but has no vision!
You may have to admit that the reason many have nothing to show for their Christian lives is because they do not walk with a purpose. May people do not know why they are alive and have been placed on this earth for.
A car has a purpose. School has a purpose. Your coming to church and becoming a born again Christian has a purpose. Going on evangelism has a purpose. Fasting and even eating has a purpose. Your life is no exception. It has a purpose. What is your life purpose? What did God put in you as your life purpose?
I hope you do not think that you are born for the purpose of being born, going to school, getting and educational or vocational training and fending for yourself and your family? That would be a shame and a display of ignorance of Godís purpose in your life.
Purpose is not your goal in life. It is like the pot of gold that we seek at the end of the rainbow. Douglas Malloch says;
We canít all be captains; we got to be crew,
thereís something for us allÖif you cant
be a highway then just be a trail; if you
canít be the sun then be a star; it isnít by
size that you win or failÖ
Moses didnít find his purpose while he was in the kingís palace in Egypt. It was not as a prince of Egypt but as the leader of the Jews and prophet of God who led the Israelites out of bondage.
Nehemiah was a cup bearer in the palace of a king. If at all he had problems, it was not hunger or lack. He had daily provisions and was better of than most of his people in captivity. Many of us are like that. We work in companies that afford us the best life can offer. You suffer no lack or material discomfort. But are you worried the way Nehemiah was about the temple in Jerusalem? He had the option of remaining in the palace and enjoying the comfort, luxury and close relationship or should I say connection to the king. Rather he was troubled by the state of affairs in Jerusalem? He knew that his purpose of his existence was not to be a cup bearer but in the kingdom of God.
His known purpose did not allow him rest until he pursued that purpose.
What is your purpose and what are you doing to bring it into manifestation? Your purpose must not be selfish like that of Adolph Hitler who wanted to exterminate the Jews and conquer the world. It must come from within, from an internal conviction determined by character and addressed towards service of mankind.
While you meditate and begin to re-invent , I will like to suggest three life purposes which if you practice them you will enjoy the benefits of a dynamic life purpose;
1. Service- Jesus was the greatest servant who served. He humbled himself and had a meaningful purpose in life. He was and remains exalted above every name.
Do you know Godís will for you in service? Find out by what needed task you see to be done: is it in the Sunday school class or boys scout or a visit to the prison or an invalid who needs lifting up? You can do it, donít think itís for a particular group or that itís not your calling. Note that the secret of success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes- Benjamin Disraeli.
2. Leadership-you must be ready to be like David and be courageous. Face challenges as they come because others could as well be looking up to you as a role model. Donít shy away from responsibilities. True leadership is as a result of purpose. You must be able to take up the mantle and do what has to be done. When you lead, you take people along and not boss them around; you commend them as every one is looking for someone to say Ďwell doneí. True leadership commends and attracts followership. So pursue leadership roles with a view to leaving a purposeful heritage.
3. Impact- Your purpose must be impactful. Andrew Carnegie is quoted to have said that no man can become rich without himself truly enriching others. What you do must of necessity at the end of your journey be such that when you look back you see the smiles that you put on the faces of people, you see the people you have blessed , that your actions have lifted from the pangs of pain and despair, people whose livelihood, happiness, achievement were accomplished as a result of your actions, then truly will your life be really meaningful and purposeful.
You must have a purpose that aims at accomplishing things that people will admire than worrying at what they will say of you.
In the early 20th century, a Christian business man, John Wanamaker decided that he would practice the golden rule in his business. He wanted to satisfy the customer. He was laughed at to scorn as they said it would never work. But guess what? His practice of the customer is always right is a prevailing business practice worldwide today
Finally I leave you with the questions; are you living a purpose led life or not? Can you give account of you life now? Are you just going through the motions of survival now, purpose later? Whether your complete senses or physical abilities are intact what impact are you making that you can say in all earnest before God, even before man that you are living a purpose led life? May God help us!