PRIMARY PURPOSE LEADS TO SECONDARY PURPOSE 

On the journey to discovering purpose, we need to understand that we actually have two main purposes in life. A PRIMARY purpose and a SECONDARY purpose. 

The primary purpose always leads to the secondary purpose.
To understand this concept better, I will use a piano as an example. The primary purpose of every key on a piano is to make music, but each key has it’s own secondary purpose, to play a specific note.
Our primary purpose is to serve God. Everything that was created has the same primary purpose; to serve God.

Psalms 150:6

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

Every living thing was created to glorify God. Born again or not, every human beings primary purpose is to serve God. It is as we fulfil this primary purpose that our secondary purpose is revealed.

Acts 13:2

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

As they were carrying out their primary purpose, the secondary purpose was revealed! Who better to tell you why you were created than the one who created you! It is in service that the Master reveals to us what He desires from us, our secondary purpose.

Acts 13:36


“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;

David served his generation, he fulfilled his purpose. Where did it all start? In the Bush as he was serving God through psalms and worship. In his case, his secondary purpose of being Israel’s ruler found him as he was fulfilling his primary purpose.

1 Samuel 13:14

But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

David was a man after God’s heart, in other words, he was passionate about serving God. Your passion for serving God will always open the door to your secondary purpose. It will always lead you to discover the answer to the eternal question, “Why am I here?

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From Pain To Purpose

In my previous post, I started sharing with you the 5 “P’s” to discovering your purpose. The first “P” we dealt with was passion. Your passion is a pointer to your purpose. Today we look at at an unlikely and unpleasant pointer; PAIN!

What pain are you willing to tolerate?
Pain is an essential ingredient to discovering your purpose. It sounds strange I know but read on to find out why.

There are certain things we are willing to suffer for and people call us crazy for it! Yet there are other things we see other people suffering for and we call them crazy! Purpose is always so strong in us to the extent that we are willing to suffer for it. We are willing to endure the pain.

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

What cross are you willing to endure? What pain are you able to tolerate? Nelson Mandela was willing to endure the cross of prison for the purpose of a free South Africa. He sacrificed his freedom and family because he realised his purpose was worth the price. Purpose always has a price, the question is are you willing to pay it?

There are always pain filled patches on the road to purpose. Some of them, though we don’t realise it, are training sessions! Pain is never meant to destroy us but to strengthen us.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 I know you don’t like pain, neither do I, but the pain we go through usually points to our purpose. It always works out for our good in that it brings us to our purpose. Joseph understood this well. He suffered the pain of rejection by his brothers. Not only did they reject him, they made a profit from him! How his heart must have bled as he saw his brothers dividing the money as he was dragged away to an unknown land. And when things seemed to have been getting better in Potiphar’s house, life dealt him another blow that had him sent to prison. Yet it is in prison that his destiny was unlocked! All the pain and tragedy was leading him to his purpose. Why do bad things happen to good people? Maybe that’s the route to purpose!

God had a purpose for Abram; to be the father of many nations. And yet he had no child and his biological clock was ticking it’s last. I can only imagine his pain when people mocked him and the promise of God on his life. And yet, in all that pain God had a purpose.

Some of the pain we go through is actually our ministry! A good example is that of Joyce Myers. Her ministry, her purpose, is founded on her traumatic past. She can easily relate to victims of abuse and trauma because she went through it. Turn your pain into your purpose! 

Genesis 50:20

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

The evil we encounter in our lives is a stepping stone to our purpose. You either let it overcome you, or you choose to rise up and use it to your advantage! The choice is always yours. They say necessity is the mother of all inventions. In other words, our pains and needs should always push us forward, not bury us.

What pain have you gone through in life? Don’t let it bury you, rise above it and turn it to your advantage. Turn your misery in to your ministry, your cross into your crown and your trials into your triumph!

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How To Discover Your Purpose

KEYS TO DISCOVERING PURPOSE

The discovery of purpose is not an event. Unfortunately, you also can’t take a course on “Purpose”. Purpose is not taught, it is discovered. The best anyone can do is point you in the right direction, the rest is up to you! The discovery of purpose is a journey, the fulfilment of purpose is the pinnacle of achievement.


Acts 13:36

For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

This should be your story at the end of your life, that you would have served your generation. “How can I serve my generation?” you ask. You serve your generation by fulfilling your purpose. The scripture above might as well read: “For David, after he had fulfilled his purpose, fell asleep…….”. The will of God for you is your purpose. God has deposited something in you that you are to use to serve your generation. That thing is called purpose.


How Do I Discover My Purpose?

As I mentioned earlier, no one can teach you your purpose, so I won’t deceive you by telling you what your purpose is. BUT, I can point you in the right direction. I will show you the 5 “P’s” that point to purpose. As you walk in the direction I am pointing you in, I believe you will discover your purpose.


PASSION

ˈpaʃ(ə)n/

noun

1. 1.

strong and barely controllable emotion.
There are certain things we all feel strongly about, things we are passionate about. These passions are indicators of purpose. They are like clues on a treasure map leading us to the treasure. Take stock of your passions, which direction are they leading you in? 

Passion, like many things in life has 2 sides to it. There are things we love passionately and then there are things we passionately abhor or hate. Both sides of passion are useful in discovering your purpose.


Passionately love

Some people are passionate about animals, it could be their purpose lies in animal welfare. Others have a strong compulsion to help and take care of the sick, they don’t care who it is, they just want to show mercy. It could be an indicator that your purpose is in medicine or some “mercy” related vocation.

The things we passionately love are pointers in the direction you should take in life. Purpose is meant to be enjoyed, not tolerated or suffered through. Find your strong passions and you are well on your way to discovering your purpose.


Passionately abhor

There are things in life that we just can’t stand. Let me stop being polite and say it as it is. There are certain things in life we hate with a passion. These things move us to anger, depression or frustration. These are good indicators of your purpose. What you hate, you are meant to correct!

People like Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and many others had a strong, passionate abhorrence for racial injustice and inequality. They just didn’t sit down and complain about it, they acted to change it. They found their purpose in life. What do you hate? What do you wish could be different? You are the one to bring that difference. You are the agent of change your generation is waiting for.


Converting Passion into Purpose

There are basically 2 kinds of people in life.

1. Those who wish

2. Those who act

Both of these do so based on one thing and one thing alone; PASSION! The wishers wish for something they have a strong desire for, something they are passionate about. The “actors” also take action based on their passions. The wishers never taste fulfilment, satisfaction and true joy in life. The actors on the other hand live a fulfilling, satisfying life. Which of the two are you?
You turn your passion into purpose by acting on it. Don’t just be passionate and dream about your passions. Take action! This is where many people miss it. They have strong desires but they never take the necessary steps to see those desires come to pass.

Turn your passion into purpose, take action!


Exodus 2:11 — 13

And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?

Moses hated injustice of any kind. In the 2 cases mentioned in the above scripture, he acted on his passion. The result? He discovered his purpose; deliverer of Israel. His Purpose was to end oppression in Egypt and bring a justice system in Israel.

 Purpose never falls in our laps, we take steps to discover it. Why not start today? Start by auditing yourself. What do you love passionately? What do you hate passionately? What are you going to do about it?

Purpose: The Fuel For Life!

THE FUEL FOR LIFE


We are all born with a purpose inside us. God created you for a purpose. You were created as a solution for some problem on earth. Just as each tool in a mechanics tool box has a specific purpose, so too does each and every person. Discover your purpose, pursue it and fulfil it. That is the secret to living your best life now. A fulfilling, satisfying and gratifying life.

Life without purpose is a drag. It is frustrating and plain boring. On the other hand, when you discover your purpose, you find the reason to wake up each morning. Your discover the fuel for life. Purpose ignites a certain fire in us that drives us to be our best.

Purpose is the fuel of life!


When you live life on purpose, you have a special drive that enables you to succeed in life. Purpose fuels your efforts, your mind and even your soul. That is why, without purpose, there is a lack of creativity, zeal, excitement and energy. Without purpose the soul withers and dries up. The result being depression, anger and a grumpy version of you!

Joseph could have given up on life in Egypt after his brothers sold him but he didn’t. He knew he had a purpose to fulfil. That fuelled his resolved to resist falling into a pit of depression. Passion fuelled his resolve to resist temptation. Without purpose, Joseph would have agreed to sleep with Potiphar’s wife, after all, he would have had nothing to lose. In prison, he would have become just another convict. But because he had something to live for, he lived differently. He lived on purpose. The result? He got a promotion! What prisoner gets promoted in prison!? That’s the power of purpose!
 

Purpose makes you distinct.

 
When you live on purpose, you don’t live life anyhow, you live life with a direction. Because you know where you are going, you do the things that will get you there. Many people are so distracted in life that they never achieve anything. They are not focused. Purpose gives you direction in life and direction gives you focus. Focus produces success.

1 John 3:8

…………For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus’s purpose was to destroy the works of the devil. That entailed a violent death for Him. Purpose fuelled His resolve to go through with it. With purpose, pain is nothing. It’s just part of the package.

Hebrews 12:2

looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

There is immeasurable joy in fulfilling our purpose. We are always our best when we are joyful. Joy gives us an extra bounce in our step. It unlocks creativity in us. Joy gives us energy, a special kind of energy and courage. It is this joy that strengthens us in tough times. Purpose helps us endure our “cross”. Purpose gives us grace to  despise the shame and pain of the journey until we receive the reward of purpose.

Without purpose, your life is running on empty. Soon the tank will be empty and you will be stuck in a rut. Discover your purpose, pursue it and fulfil it. 

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE NOW!

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How To Live Your Best Life Now!


Welcome back to our journey on purpose. Last time we came to the realisation that purpose is the meaning of life. Conversely, a life without purpose is a meaningless life. Give your life a meaning, discover your purpose.
Many people struggle in life because they are living a wrong life. Strange I know, but its true! As long As you are not living in your purpose, you are living a wrong life, and this has severe consequences. This is what I want to share with you today, the consequences of living out of your purpose. Let me share a short story I got from Shana Shutte. I think it helps put things in perspective.
There once was a man who netted three trout from a mountain stream and carefully placed them side-by-side on a thick patch of grass. Before he removed them from the water, they were like a liquid ballet in motion. Fluid. Graceful. Vibrant. Alive.

After he netted them, it was another story.

As the trout lay on the grass, they were motionless. Their eyes were fixed. They gasped for air, and they looked — and acted — stupid.

The man noticed they seemed unhappy, so he talked to them, hoping that his encouragement would change them.

“Little fish, don’t be sad. You’ll like the grass. Just try it out for a while.”

No movement. No response. No change.

A few more seconds passed. The man’s neighbor walked by. “Hey, Bob! Come and check out these fish!”

Bob sauntered over and the man explained that he was certain the fish could adjust. “I’m sure they could prosper here on the grass. Don’t you agree?”

“Why not?” Bob replied. So he also tried to tell the fish it would be good if they learned to like the grass. After all, he liked the grass. Why shouldn’t they?

Still, the fish didn’t blink. They just lay there looking dumber by the second.

Finally, a little boy approached exclaimed, “What are you doing? Put them back! They can’t be all they’ve been created to be when they are out of the water.”

Finally convinced, the man carefully placed each fish back in the stream. After splashing for a split second, all three swam away effortlessly. Again, it was like a liquid ballet. What ease! What grace! What beauty!

In that moment, the man realized that no matter how long the fish lay there they would never adjust to the grass, and would never be satisfied — no matter how much he (or anyone else) told them otherwise. Even if the fish tried to convince themselves they could learn to like the grass, they never would, and they would never prosper. In fact, they would eventually die.

Do you feel like a fish out of water? Your prolonged dissatisfaction, God-given gifts, passions and the voices of others could be telling you that you were created for another purpose. And like these fish, if you feel like you are dying inside, listen up. It could be just what you need to push you into another, more satisfying ocean.
So what are the consequences of living out of your purpose?
1. EVERYTHING IN LIFE BECOMES A STRUGGLE

Like the fish that were struggling to survive out of water, so is a person living outside their purpose. Your purpose is actually the environment you thrive in. It is the environment for your success.
When you are out of your purpose life becomes a daily struggle. Do you feel like lifeisjust one big never ending battle? It could be you are a fish out of water. It could be you are not in your purpose. When in water, fish move with ease and elegance. Out of the water movement becomes near impossible, a struggle. Are you struggling to make progress in life? It could be you are not in your purpose.
2. DISSATISFACTION 

This is another result of living out of your purpose. No matter how much you try, you just can’t  find satisfaction in life. No matter how much “success” you seem to be achieving, there will still be an emptiness within you. Success does not lie in material things. Success lies in fulfilling your purpose.
We are often amazed when we hear of a “successful” person confesses to being dissatisfied with life. “What’s wrong with him/her?” Purpose! As long as you are not living in your purpose, you can never find satisfaction in life. There will always be something missing.
3. PRODIGAL LIVING

The word prodigal actually means wasteful. Lack of purpose breeds waste, which in turn breeds poverty.
We are all familiar with the story of the prodigal son so I won’t go into great detail. But I would like to believe that the reason that young man wasted his inheritance was his lack of purpose in life. The late great Myles Munroe used to like saying, “Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”. We tend to abuse resources when we have no idea of our purpose. Worse still, we end up abusing ourselves. The prodigal son abused himself by joining himself to pigs. He lowered himself to the level of a pig! Many people are abusing resources, relationships, talents and even themselves because they don’t know their purpose.

Check your life! Are you abusing yourself?
4. YOU DON’T EXPERIENCE THE BEST YOU

You are your best when you live in your purpose. It is within your purpose that all that locked up potential in you is unleashed! Many people, sadly, go to their graves without ever experiencing the greatness within them. There is a superman hidden within you! There is a hero inside you and he can only come out when you are living in your purpose.
Samson’s supernatural strength always came when he was in a moment of purpose. I believe there are gifts, talents and wisdom in you that will only be unleashed when you step out into your purpose. There is a better you that you and the world are waiting for. Discover your purpose and become a better you, an upgraded version.
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Purpose; How To Live Your Best Life Now


There is a question that has troubled mankind since the beginning of ages; “What is the meaning of life?”

The answer to that question is simple but very elusive! What is the meaning of life? PURPOSE! 

purpose

ˈpəːpəs/

noun

1. 1.

the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

The meaning of life is not one universal answer. It is not “one size fits all”. The meaning of life is different for each individual because we each have a different PURPOSE. The meaning of your life is your PURPOSE. You only start living when you discover your PURPOSE and start pursuing it.

Exodus 9:16

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

We all have a purpose  in life. God has deposited a small part of Himself in us so that we may reflect His greatness. Just as each individual is unique, so too our purposes in life are unique. We all reflect a different side of God.
Moses purpose was to deliver the children of Israel from captivity. Joseph’s purpose  was to preserve mankind in a time of severe famine. What is your purpose? It may not be as grand and global as Moses’ but it is still important and a valuable. Discover your purpose and you have discovered the meaning of your life.
Without purpose life is meaningless, frustrating and empty. Just ask the infamous prodigal son! The reason he squandered his inheritance is because he had no purpose in life and thus no purpose for his inheritance. Life lived without purpose is squandered, don’t squander yours! Purpose is the key to living a happy, healthy and wealthy life.

Mark 1:38


But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”

“For this purpose I have come forth.” Why are you here on earth? I may not know your exact purpose in life, but one thing I am sure of is that you are not here by mistake. You are not an accident. You are here by design. Here to fulfil your purpose. Here to reflect the greatness of God.

Jeremiah 1:5


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;

Before you were born I sanctified you;

I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Before God created and deployed you, He had a purpose for you. He created you for a specific purpose. A purpose you have the responsibility to discover and fulfil. Let me say it again, you are not a mistake, neither are you simply the result of your parents deciding to have you. You are here by design. That makes you unique and special.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

What does this mysterious scripture mean? It simply means God has put His purpose for your life in your heart, yet it is usually a tricky thing to discover it. It is tricky to discover your purpose in life, yet it is also one of life’s greatest joys!
It is my desire that you follow me on this journey of discovering the meaning of your life. Allow me to walk you into your best life, a life of purpose. I want to believe that by the end of this series, you will be well equipped to discover and fulfil your purpose.
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