“Every individual forms his own estimate of himself and that basic estimate goes towards determining what you will become. You can be more than you believe you are. Real belief will stimulate power from within yourself. Do not be afraid to trust yourself.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
Please stop for a while and think with me. Stop and look around you. What do you see? Basically everything you’ve just seen, every idea, every inventory has a purpose. How do you think the world would be like if we subjected everything you observed around you earlier to a purpose it wasn’t intended for?
Well, today I tackle a subject that I have profoundly and authentically come to love – PURPOSE. And how would I even write about this without a mention of someone who to me, to my life, was the pioneer publisher of such hefty a subject – Dr. Myles Munroe?
In 2014, I began a new journey; one in which I deeply longed for my Manufacturer, my Creator to reveal His purpose to me. And just as a trait is well born in the deoxyribonucleic acid, so I believe is our purpose well tucked in His mind. Having stumbled upon the in-depth teachings and exceptional revelations by Dr. Myles Munroe, for the first time ever in my life, I earnestly started praying for a revelation of Purpose. I believe this prayer, with time has led to a bulk of some of the radical decisions and sacrifices that I’ve had to make.
Some of my favorite notes on Purpose & Vision.
“It is more tragic to be alive and not know why than to be dead and not know life.” – Dr. Myles Munroe
According to Dr. Munroe, “The greatest enemy of man is not sin. No, it’s not satan. The greatest enemy of man is IGNORANCE.”
“Where there’s no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18
“If you have no vision, you are an open game. Anybody can run your life.
Purpose precedes vision,
Purpose is the foundation of your vision.
Vision is a manifestation of your purpose,
Vision is a glimpse of your purpose.
Vision is a conceptual reality of your purpose for living.
Vision is purpose in technicolor.
Vision is a view of your end at the beginning.
Vision is a preview of your finished future.”
-Dr. Myles Munroe in “Why Men need Visions and Dreams.”
I regard it quite a priceless privilege stumbling upon such exceptional teachings that are by and large ignored by many but which two years ago led me to carve my life’s Vision Statement and to put it on paper – a blueprint that has since relieved me of making yearly resolutions.
Dr. Munroe points out that the only way for us to know the truth about ourselves is that it has to be revealed to us by the Spirit of the Manufacturer and that the truth about a product is only hid in the mind of the manufacturer.
How about this?
“If we compete with ourselves and not with others, then it does not matter who is behind us or ahead of us; our goal is to become and achieve all we are capable of being and doing and this becomes the measure of our satisfaction.” In my lay understanding, comparison and competition ought to be utterly extinct from one’s journey of Purpose and Potential discovery.
But why did God make it that we have to pursue Him in order to know our purpose and for some of our hidden potentials to be revealed? Why is it that such a crucial blueprint can only be accessed through prayer and a deeper intimacy with the Creator?
It is never about us. It will never be!
We serve and minister through our different gifts & talents and it is not, has never been and will never be about us. It has to be, it has been, it is and it will always be all about Him – God.
Kindly allow me to divert a bit from the topic at hand. It is worth noting that there’s a huge disconnect between our notion of wealth and God’s notion of wealth and that most times, we miss it. The owner of all the gold and all the silver extravagantly blesses us and He is longing to partner with us. He wants us to willingly be a ‘Point of Redistribution’ of HIS WEALTH.
Prayerfully identifying one’s areas of gifting and working on them in close contact and consultation with the author of Purpose, I believe opens an opportunity to thrive. Working closely with Him means we humbly and honestly acknowledge that we are limited. That way, He steps in and even helps us recognize a potent in us that we had never even knew ever existed. We thrive too ‘cos we’re not subjecting ourselves to the wrong use, we’re doing that which we were born to do and ev’ry single day is a God-given opportunity to grow in it, to polish it, to maximize the underlying potential within.
Some of my favorite quotes on Potential.
“Do not dilute the truth of your potential. We often convince ourselves that we cannot change, that we cannot overcome the circumstances of our lives. That is simply not true. You have been blessed with immeasurable power to make positive changes in your life. But you can’t just wish it, you can’t just hope it, you can’t just want it…you have to LIVE it, BE it, DO it.”
-Steve Maraboli in Unapologetically You: Reflections of Life and the Human Experience.
“Don’t allow people’s opinions to interfere with your potential. Don’t let anybody declare an opinion over your speedometer…Opinions do not change Potential!”
-Dr. Myles Munroe in The Best Kept Secret (1995)
“How tragic that most of the nearly 6 billion people on this planet will settle for an average life limited only by their unwillingness to extend themselves to the summit of their own selves. Mediocrity is so common and pervasive that those who are labelled as genius or exceptional have to do only a little extra.”
-Dr. Myles Munroe (Motivational speaker and author of Maximizing your Potential).
Is it crucial to know one’s Purpose?
I believe it is because living with no clue of one’s Purpose means:
-One is not subjected to, but subjects him/ herself to the wrong use/ purpose; they dance to the wrong music, in the wrong dance floor. With time, they can’t stand the boring monotonous music anymore. This music wears them off.
-One lives exceedingly below his/ her potential just as in a car with very powerful engine designed with a maximum speed limit of 300km/h but whose driver has constantly subjected to a 70km/h speed.
-When there’s no clarity in Purpose, life’s sense of direction becomes vague.
-One lives void of fulfillment. With Purpose, fulfillment comes not simply ‘cos one’s makin’ bucks but more so ‘cos he or she is making a difference and enjoying it.
Time to Ponder…
What on earth are you here for? Are you living a God-designed, purpose-driven life or a self-designed purpose in life?
Think hard about it. Please don’t forget to pray about it. Don’t forget to profoundly get to the heart of the Father on the matter. Don’t forget to work in close contact and consultation with Him. And above all don’t be afraid to meet Him on His terms.
This is Why!
An excerpt from John C. Maxwell’s ‘Learning from the Giants’ drives the point home.
“When you find yourself on God’s terms, you find Fulfillment.”
“The ultimate goal in life is to find your purpose and then lose yourself in living it. In a sense, you lose yourself twice. First you lose your old-self – the prideful, willful one – by letting God have control of your life. Then you lose yourself in devotion to fulfilling that purpose. That’s where the true fulfillment comes in life. You understand why God put you here, what your gifts are, how you can best serve Him. You know your Why.”
“God knows who you are – not who you hope to be, not who you wish you were, not who your parents wanted you to become, or who someone else expects you to be – but who you really are. And He has a PLAN for your life. If you let God have control of your life, you will experience it.”
My Turning Point.
Did you know you’re just a wink far from excellent if you’re on the journey of discovering your Purpose and that average will soon not feature anywhere close to your description?
Once upon a time, people would ask me to rate myself and quick on my feet without adequate mind-engagement, I’d say ‘above average’, ‘till I watched Dr. Myles Munroe on YouTube preach on Purpose and he said something like “The average mind can’t grasp this.”
That was the last day I ever used ‘average’ or any of its associated synonyms to describe myself.
You only are average because you are yet to discover why you are on this planet! Not because your teacher or academicians rate you so. Otherwise, of what value would it be to be rated excellent by man yet live without ever having discovered why life was given to you?
As I conclude, I feel this is one of those subjects that I never ever heard being addressed while I was growing up probably since our society tends to glorify academics and white collar jobs – which is okay, as opposed to discovering and developing talent. There are questions that I have recently been tossing and turning in my head. In order to have a Purpose-conscious next-generation: how do we cultivate a life of purpose in our children from a tender age as parents? Sure, talent cannot be tamed but a parent plays a very huge role and has the power to either nurture or inhibit a Godly-given potential in their child. What is the parent’s and the community’s role? I believe we need to pray and make declarations for purpose-driven children right when they are still in the womb but at what age are we to start communicating the knowledge of Purpose and instilling its importance in our children?
Wish you, just as I do myself a Purpose-oriented life journey!