Do you know your passion? Engaging in it energizes and satisfies you. Pointers to your passion may include value-adding activities that you deeply enjoy, an idea or a cause that you are interested in or pursuits that you are enthusiastic about. Your passion can be a pointer to some deeper assignments of your life making it worth paying attention to.
Do you know your purpose? God made every man with a purpose. In the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah God tells Jeremiah how he had known him and ordained his purpose ever before he was born! He also assures him of support to accomplish it. Your purpose can be explained simply as your role here on earth or what you were created to achieve. How important is it to God? Luke 19: 11 – 26 explains this. A nobleman gave ten servants 10 pounds of silver to invest while he went on a journey. When he returned, he called the servants to know what profits they made. He was evidently impressed with the servant who brought back ten times the original amount invested but was displeased with the one who returned only the original amount.
Accomplishing your purpose blesses the world around you according to God’s kind plan. It brings you overflowing joy, countless blessings and true wealth. It connects you to the right people as preordained for your life. Conversely, not fulfilling purpose can affect others adversely and will displease God. Do all it takes, therefore, to find purpose – ask God and keep seeking until you are clear.
It is not enough to know your passion and purpose only. In Acts 7: 23 – 28 we see Moses who was born to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt and raised in Pharaoh’s palace, going to visit his Israeli brothers on two consecutive days attempting to sort out their issues in each visit. In one case, he killed an Egyptian in the process (Acts 7: 24) which resulted in his fleeing Pharaoh’s palace for fear of being killed. He was away for forty years during which he shepherded flocks. God brought him back to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses had his shepherd staff upon his return signifying the acquisition of shepherding skills such as patience, self-control, and discipline. Imagine how Moses would have fared leading the children of Israel without his shepherding skills. This is why self-development is needed to excel in your purpose.
Have you developed yourself to fulfill your purpose effectively? What trainings have you taken? What books have you read? Have you worked under someone who can teach you some required skills? Are you being mentored or coached? Do you need a certificate for it? Self-development is essential to fulfilling purpose and the time to work as it is now. Blessings
Imabong Martins leads Priniora Limited a consulting company focused on developing and training women to maximize their potentials and their homemaking skills.