I must express my gratitude to all persons who read my column and especially to those who called or sent messages. This is the first Sunday in the year and it may be a good time to pause and reflect. There is power in pausing, and reflection is empowering because it allows us to chart the course for our next journey. This has been a challenging year, but many incredible things have happened in our lives. No matter how the journey was, we need to move forward with a positive mindset because that is where the most awesome ideas are cultivated.
We must have a vision for the year ahead, and life in general. The word vision is mentioned 130 times in the Old Testament. The bible says “where there is no vision, the people perish,” and this indicates how important vision is to our future. We cannot live a fulfilled life without purpose. One of my mentors, John Maxwell, said “When you are bigger than your purpose you have a career. When your purpose is bigger than you, you have a calling.” Purpose helps us to understand our mission in life.
We hear so much about purpose, but what is “PURPOSE?”
Purpose is the original intent for a thing. Purpose is the reason why a thing exists; it’s the desired result for a thing; it’s the source of DESTINY. The intent of God is the will of God. God is pleased when you discover your purpose in life and get busy realising it. God is only committed to His purpose and not your plans. Whatever God calls you for, He provides for. Whatever you were born to do, is already paid for.
It is important to know where we are going because if we don’t, any road will take us there. There are some very important questions we must ask ourselves for us to achieve our best year and best life.
WHO AM I? IDENTITY
The question “Who am I?” is a question of identity. Many people who don’t know their true identity live the way others live, talk the way others do and do things that others do. You need to find out who you really are.
WHERE AM I FROM? HERITAGE
The question “Where am I from?” is the question of Heritage. You have to find out where you are from. This does not refer to ethnic background, but it refers to the source where you are from. If you don’t know where you are from, you will never know where you are going
WHY AM I HERE? PURPOSE
The question “Why am I here?” is a question of purpose. You need to find your purpose for life to live a purpose-driven life.
WHAT CAN I DO? POTENTIAL.
The question of “What can I do?” is a question of potential, unless you discover your abilities and potential, you will never maximise it. There is something God has deposited in you to impact your life and your entire world, you have to bring it out.
WHERE AM I GOING? DESTINY.
The question of “Where am I going?” is a question of destiny. You must know where you are going. If you don’t know where you are going, every path will look like it.
God’s greatest desire is for you to discover your purpose for life. Proverbs 19:21″Many are the plans in the man’s heart but it’s the Lord’s purpose/counsel that will stand.”
My mentor Myles Munroe said, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, the greatest tragedy in life is a life without a purpose.”
When we discover why we were created our lives become easier to manage. We all have to be accountable for our lives.
A dead man is no longer accountable for why he’s breathing, but you who are living must give account.
These questions seem simple, but coming up with the answers can be challenging. I also encourage you to get some friends or together to discuss these five questions. I have been having great feedback from the guided journal I recently published on Amazon. The content is similar to what I am sharing now. The journal was conceived while compiling the stories for 365 Invaluable Life Experiences.
2021 could be the year you want it to be. Let’s be intentional about making it our best year as we continue to celebrate this journey called life BEYOND THE RUNWAY.