We've all experienced it - God, in His grace and mercy reveals something really extraordinary and exciting that He wants you to do.
Your immediate excitement and passion know no bounds.
For the next few weeks it's all you can think and talk about.
But therein lies the problem.
It seems the more you think about it and the more you discuss it with friends and family, the more likely it is that logic and reasoning will take over.
Within a few weeks you're overwhelmed by the vision and begin to believe that the doubters are right.
Yep, ranging from 'too huge a task' / 'too time consuming' / 'way too capital intensive' / 'surely only the big boys with the big pockets can do it' / so on and so forth.
Sound familiar anyone?????
Sometimes, you just need to start small.
Work hard, give it all your heart, mind, and strength.
Take it day by day.
Trust that the God who blessed you with the vision will help you develop and grow your project.
For the past eighteen months it's been very clear to me what my purpose in life is; to help people like you find your purpose and achieve it.
At the start of this year we held a seminar titled - Quest: Discovering Purpose.
The seminar was well attended and the testimonies very powerful.
But then I got a little ahead of myself and started thinking too big, way too early.
Before long the other temptations of life - such as that insatiable desire for big projects started to take a firm grip of my thought process. I kept telling myself that getting the big projects would enable me to do the seminars in a much bigger and more effective manner.
But all the while something kept niggling away at me. That little voice inside me (you know the one - the quiet one that tells you firmly but ever so gently every time you feel frustrated that 'you're not focusing on the purpose I gave you'.
Unfortunately, one gets pretty savvy at ignoring that voice - until you reach a moment of crisis and have no other alternative but to surrender. Lol
What am I saying?
We're all basically looking for three things in life.
1. Fulfillment and happiness
3. Financial security
Not necessarily in that order; it may differ depending on your personality and purpose.
The key to fulfillment and happiness is to constantly walk and live your life in line with the purpose God has given you.
Ok, I've often tended to shy away from bringing God into it too much when I talk about purpose - for fear of alienating people of different beliefs.
I make no apology for my devout belief in the fact that the person who gave you your purpose in life is none other than God Himself.
'With this is mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.'
2 Thessalonians vs 11
You're not here by accident.
You're not alive by chance.
God has a purpose for your life.
Until you start walking in that purpose, you will continue to feel frustrated and vulnerable.
I know because I've been there.
We're all looking for love in some shape or form. No matter how many mistakes someone may have made during a relationship or whilst trying to find that perfect relationship, the bottom line is that we are all looking for love.
This is not a message about love and relationships (be rest assured that such articles are very much on their way) so we'll we'll move on swiftly.
We all want financial security. Having little or no money can be one of the most depressing and debilitating scars on one's mind. It can literally make one feel worthless, especially in a country like Nigeria where money is the god we worship on a daily basis! Yes, even (and at times especially) on Sundays!!!
Money is probably the greatest cause of broken relationships. Either not enough of it, leading to anxiety, frustration, worry, and resentment; or too much of it, leading to shallow and material relationships, with little or no meaning and zero substance.
Interestingly, if you ask most young girls these days which they prefer - a man walking in line with his purpose but not yet financially secure, or a man who is already wealthy and is likely to treat them shabbily and rather like a piece of property, the majority will take the latter option. Then wonder why they're so depresssed and beaten (sometimes literally), a few years later.
But alas, that particular subject matter is also for another day.
My point is this -
God has given you a purpose in life.
Surrender to Him and chase it with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength. No matter how things may look around you or how deep or otherwise your pockets may be.
There will be moments when you feel so insecure and worried about your financial stability that you almost start to resent yourself and God.
But you have to keep going - plugging away little by little, step by step, day by day.
Remember, God says His plans are to prosper you, to give you hope and a future.
I'm not just trying to motivate you here people.
I'm speaking from personal experience.
Right now my bank balance is nothing to write home about.
But for the first time in a long while, I feel an inner peace inside me.
Because I've finally surrendered to God and told him "OK Lord, I'm gonna do this thing you've asked me to do. No more half measures from me. No more stops and starts. But that means that you have to provide for my needs. So I'm counting on ya."
God gave you a purpose so that you can have a positive impact on people's lives, on your environment, on society.
He gave you those skills in order for you to use them to serve people.
He will provide for all your needs along the way.
Finally, for those of you who God has given a purpose and a vision that looks so large and incredible that you dare not think about it, let alone talk about it, I want to tell you a mini story.
A man was walking his dog along a beach that was littered with thousands of star fish. He saw a boy picking up the star fish one by one and throwing them back into the sea.
Startled by the boy's seemingly pointless exercise, the man yelled out,
"Young man, what are you doing?"
"I'm throwing the star fish back into the water," replied the boy.
"But there are thousands of them. What difference will it make???"
The boy picks up another star fish, throws it back into the sea, turns around and says,
"It will make a difference to that one."
No matter how seemingly insurmountable your purpose may look, do not fear.
Just get started.
And take it one step at a time.