Living a life of purpose is what I do or press on to do daily.
As i look for ways of creating lasting change there are some questions that came to mind and i have been pondering over them anew: Who am i? Where did I come from? Why am I here on earth?
Dr Annie Smith in her book “Burning with Purpose”opens the chapter on destiny and purpose by saying we are called to ask ourselves these important questions at some point in time if we must make progress. But unfortunately for many of us, the answers to these questions are farfetched. We end up making wrong choices, taking wrong paths and pursuing wrong dreams.
Hence after sacrificing family and health to make money, we spend all the money trying to regain our health and family relations. This is the case of many success stories we hear of and admire in this life. At the end of their lives, they always have one regret. If they were to live again more time will be spent on family and doing something else.
When your pursuit in life is driven by the desire to make money (which in itself is not a bad thing) you will end up making just money.
“Many people are so poor that the only thing they have is money.”
We have defined and understood destiny from different perspectives all over the world. Dr Smith writes “Destiny is what God has foreordained you to be. It is the role he has assigned for you to play here on earth, which will give you a particular platform in life. Your destiny is as unique as your personality.”
Your destiny therefore is what you have been fashioned to be. The entirety of you (looks, size, height, talents, skills, etc) constitute your personality. This is unique to you and is an indication of what you have been purposed to become.
I want to share with you some questions to ponder as you pursue your path.
1) What is the greatest desire in your heart?
God has placed desires in your heart that are natural to you. You did not study, or struggle to get it, you naturally desire to do such or be such. These desires are positive energies that determine our destiny. Dr Smith says once you develop these desires fully, they become dreams.
2) What brings you a true sense of satisfaction in life?
What is that thing that gives you satisfaction. Even if you were to gain nothing in the natural, you will do so wholeheartedly because of the satisfaction you derive? That is an indication of the destiny you have been foreordained for. What is more important to you than material gain? This is not to say material gain is wrong but if you do that thing with all your heart it will produce material satisfaction. The power of conviction and persuasion is universal and applies to everyone. Whatever you do with all your heart, believe it will work .For example I derive satisfaction, fulfillment from writing this article. I know it is going to make a difference in lives and it makes me happy.
“If you put your heart in what you are doing with your hand, your heart will do what your hand cannot do” Dr S Smith
3) What produces passion and enthusiasm in your heart?
Is there something that ignites your passion and fuels your enthusiasm? Has it completely consumed you? Passion is something so important to you that you are willing to take an action. Enthusiasm is so powerful and has a magnetic force that will draw and attract attention
4) What flows out of you naturally?
What is it that you do that flows out of you effortlessly? “You are more successful in the domain where you produce least effort.” This is contrary to what we have believed about working so hard to make it. Destiny is effortless. What a person can do so easily are the things they have been called to do. In creating you, God tailored you to be a solution in that particular domain. You have extraordinary results effortlessly. As such the things many many find so complex to you is so clear. When you are walking in purpose, people will always ask you “how did you do that?” This is a mark of distinction amongst peers.
5) Where do you produce your maximum/ best impact or result?
The results you get in your life announce your purpose. Many believe you need to suffer to see results but that is not the case. Besides if you are not seeing major fruit from your endeavors , you need to reposition yourself. You will never get right fruit in the wrong environment. Take for example, if you plant oranges in the Sahara desert, it will never germinate no matter how patient you are in waiting. Seed needs a particular environment to produce fruit, same with you like Dr Smith said, you are a living seed and you need a particular place for manifestation.
6) What can you do confidently knowing that it will work in total peace?
Let’s all repeat this simple exercise. Close your eyes and think about all the careers, professions that exist in the world. Let us imagine that no matter what our choice will be, we will all be paid equal salary at the end. Which will you choose? That is destiny! Given that we will all receive equal salary; your choice didn’t come because of money but out of conviction. This choice is accompanied by peace, which should be your primary premonition. The absence of peace in your choices and decisions is indicative of lack of conviction and probably failure.
7) What do you see yourself doing for the rest of your life?
This is the tough one because many individuals unfortunately are so unstable. Always looking for the next buzz and big thing. What God called you to do is for a lifetime, methods may change but it remains the same assignment. What is that thing that you can see yourself still doing 50 years from now? I will still be coaching, training, inspiring, transforming lives.
Therefore, We need our life time to accomplish our destinies, many have started, and some are yet to start. Where ever you find yourself in this journey of discovery and impacting the world. You need to realign yourself to priorities as you answer these questions. When you discover what ignites your passion, what fuels your enthusiasm, get to work!!!