Living With Purpose

The ground exists for several reasons, and it contains so much more than what we see. Deep within every ground is what makes all the beautiful trees we see so rich with color, and everything we see. You do not plant a mango when an apple grows, and you do not plant corn where cabbage grows. How is it, that it is the same soil, yet different things thrive in different places? We all have our places to be, what capacity we have to be in and what we are.

In order to produce anything, you have to have something to sow and where to sow it. Everyone was born, carrying something within them, and it is this seed that you plant to become who you are supposed to be. What is your seed, and have you planted the seed you were given or have you taken another seed that is not yours to grow?

A baby does not jump out of his mother’s womb, ready to become a lawyer, pastor, teacher, etc. You have to go through a process. Even if you have planted before, you always have prepare the soil, know how to place your seeds, and constant supervision in order to maintain the integrity of the seed. Before a baby comes out of a mother’s womb, it takes nine months because it has to be formed into what it is supposed to be like when it is outside its mother’s womb. Your purpose has to match your seed, so you are not swept by anything that is in conflict with who you are supposed to be.

The ground is the foundation of your stability, and the place where your seed is nourished. Never run away from your foundation; not only does it give you stability, it feeds your purpose.

Living with purpose is a lifestyle, which means when you discover your purpose, you practice it till you become effective and successful at it. Let’s say you want to become surgeon, no matter where you start, the moment you discover that purpose, you make it a part of your daily life to know how to become your purpose. You go through stages of growth before you can step into your purpose. You have to know your purpose before you can step into it.

I know some people are content to just flow like the wind, going where space is. The moment things begin to be moved into an empty space, the air begins to be pushed out. Take a bottle, always full of air, but the moment you fill it with something, the air begins to go out. Air is everywhere because that is its purpose. You can’t flow like air if you have not been able to discover your purpose.

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.
Matthew 5:13‭ MSG
You have to understand who you are to know your purpose. Verse 13 talks about salt being what makes the soup tasteful, which your purpose has to lead to creation of something else. Your purpose is not to be hidden. You were not made to be be hidden but to be seen. Your purpose has to show everywhere you are, either in deed or character.

If you do not know what your purpose is, be like the salt, know your substance and know where you fit, because light exposes and salt adds value to what you have. In this same way, your purpose is not something new; you are born with it. Your purpose is something that comes natural to you. It does not mean it will be easy, it just means you are capable of handling anything because your purpose is part of you.

The reason you might have difficulty making your purpose is when you see it as a long-term idea. ‘I will start doing it when I am here or when I have this’. The longer you separate yourself from your purpose, the harder it becomes for you to do anything about it. When your purpose is not part of your life, you cannot develop the skill set to handle the responsibilities that come with your purpose.

Before I started writing, I always said that I will do certain things after I have become this, and I realized that the longer I took to plan how my purpose fits into my life, the harder I was able to do anything else. Your purpose is the foundation upon which everything else you do is built. The salt that you are, is what makes everything in your life become tasteful. When you prepare soup or any kind of food, it will not be tasteful until you add salt to it. It is the salt that unites every other ingredient in the food, so is your life; the more you grow your purpose, the easier you are able to step into it.

Your purpose becomes your motivation, and everything that you do is affected by it. Even if your purpose exists within your profession, it makes you want to try harder. Let’s say you are a teacher, and your real passion is making sure people rise up to their potential. You cannot know what someone’s purpose is, but through your commitment as a teacher, you can help others discover their own and step into it. It makes you wake up everyday and go into your profession, and see everything you do as being more of your purpose than anything else. You do it even when no one is watching or even if it is not during school hours. It becomes a part of your life, making sure others become who they are supposed to be.

Living with purpose is more than just knowing what it is; it is becoming what your purpose is, on this earth that you dwell in. Make your purpose a part of your daily life and you will never be the same.

God bless you.

What Were You Made For?

The beginning of anything starts with an idea, but the idea develops before it becomes a reality. Many of us have ideas about so many things we want to do or achieve, and anything is possible as long as you make an effort. It took me eight years before I started to write, although I had developed the passion for  years earlier. The fear of the unknown can prevent anyone from doing anything, and especially in a field that is dominated by so many people with different ideas and concepts.

Someone once told me that whatever field you want to enter, know someone might also have the same idea you have, or someone is already in that field. There is always something new being invented  or someone somewhere developing an idea to introduce to the world, but everyone has a place and purpose to contribute to what already exists.

The fear of the unknown often rests on the idea of how to incorporate one’s idea into an already existing system. You may not know what beginning something will bring, but you won’t know until you start. If you want to become a doctor, know that someone is already a doctor. If you want to become a lawyer, know someone is already a lawyer. It does not disqualify you or make your desire to become a lawyer, doctor, etc. an impossible task, it just requires a different substance. There are many doctors, but do all of them practice the same thing? No. No matter how similar or opposite your idea maybe, it is never the same as someone’s idea. Your substance is what separates you from anything that exists. The Unknown is not what you don’t see, but how what you see fits into the idea that you have. So, what do you see and what have you envisioned as being your unknown? Until you put your vision into motion, you will not understand what is hidden in the unknown. It is your motion that activates the light to shine on your unknown, bringing out everything hidden in your unknown.

Matthew 5:13 talks about the reason for our existence, and the Bible refers to as salt. The idea you have serves the purpose of unearthing things that are hidden in the unknown. You only get to test the flavor of the food after you introduce the salt to what it is meant for. Salt serves the same purpose in almost any capacity, but salt works best under different circumstances. The amount of salt you put into one food preparation is always different from what you put in another. So, what is your salt and what have you put your salt in? No matter the idea you have, you will never know it’s impact until you start working towards.

Like food being prepared, you have to constantly check it up to make sure it turns up the way you want it to. Three people can prepare the same type of food, but they will all have different flavors. You can only achieve something when you apply yourself to it, and if that it is your purpose, it will never be the same as what someone else did, because everybody’s purpose is different.

If you have an idea, start developing it. You never know where it might lead, but if you have Jesus, your idea will carry you to places you never imagined. So I ask, do you have an idea, and if so, what have you done with it? If you have no idea what you have, find someone who can help you identify what you carry, who can also help you bring it out, and start making use of what God gave you.

May these words bring you closer and elevate you to where you have been intended to be all along. Your ideas serve a purpose, discover it, develop it and become it.

Live life and be who you were made to be.

God bless.

Dealing with the Unexpected

DEALING WITH THE UNEXPECTED

Each of us have expectations, things we want to achieve in our lives. Some of us even have a written down plan of when to achieve something, the level of achievement we want and in what manner we want it. But what happens when your expectation becomes unexpected? I am not talking about exceeding your expectation but not reaching it or falling short of your goal on multiple occasions. Do you just give up? No, you adapt to your environment, and make the most out of what you have been dealt with.

I went to college, with the intention of becoming a doctor, but it never happened for me. For three years, I pushed ahead, thinking that things will change. I failed for two reasons: my heart was never in it and I never committed to it. Eventually I chose what I was passionate about, and was good at. It does not mean also, that choosing something you are good at will be rewarded with your expectation.

Let’s say you write an exam or a quiz, and your instructor writes excellent. Now, excellent denotes exceeding expectation, so you expect to be rewarded with an A, but instead you are rewarded with a B. Does that mean you did not do well? No. It just means you might not always get what you expected in the place you expected it from. It also means not every environment you find yourself will give you similar results.

You can deal with the unexpected by developing a mindset to pursue your goal, develop the skill set and knowledge, because you might not always have someone to teach you or tell you what to do, but if you develop a foundation for everything you do, you will always find a way to reach your goal even if your results are not what you expected. Situations change, but expectations do not. You have to adjust to measure up to the demands of your environment, because even if you do not achieve what you set out for, it does not mean it will never happen for you. As much as you might have to deal with the unexpected, look out for it, it will help you be better prepared for it, knowing that things shall not always be the same.