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; 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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