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Human beings, no matter who they are or where they live, all want to be “successful.” This success is usually defined by the superficial rewards that are so glorified by the media; wealth, power, fame, luxury, and prestige.....
Human beings,no matter who they are or where they live, all want to be “successful.” This success is usually defined by the superficial rewards that are so glorified by the media; wealth, power, fame, luxury, and prestige.
The goal of material achievement is drilled into us from an early age. Parents urge their children to work hard so they can be “somebody.” School add to the pressure by using competitive grading and by offering rewards for outstanding performances. Bookstores are loaded with manuals that instruct readers how to get to the top of their fields so they can accumulate power, wealth and influence, and magazines, complete with cover photos that glamorise the rich and the famous, boldly promise shortcuts to success.
This endless and relentless pursuit of “success” has and resulted to emotional depression, divorce, violence, drugs, advanced fee frud (419) and environmental destruction. No amount of accomplishments can replace the power and the motivation of finding your special purpose. What is purpose?
Myles Munreo, in his book ‘In pursuit of purpose,’ defined purpose as; the origonal interest for the creation of a thing, the original reason for the existence of a thing, the end for which the means exist, the desired result that initiates production… The object one wills or resolves to have.
Each and every one of us came into this world for a special reason. We have different objectives to carry out in this world. No two people came to do the samething, because every individual has a different finger print. The secret to success, happiness, peace of mind etc. is fulfilling your purpose.” Lester Sumall, remarked, “Men of purpose change the world.” William James, observed “the only truly happy people I know are those who found a cause greater than themselves to live for.” Ziglar, pondered, “Unhappiness is in not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”
Age does not have anything to do with it. You can not be too old or young for your purpose on earth. God’s question is never; “how many years have you lived ?” or How old are you?” But rather “What have you done ?” In essence, life is not measured by duration but by donation. From God’s perspective, “well done” is more important than “long lived.” Methuselah lived 969 years and died. That is all we know of his life.
The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a reason. When we lose our sense of purpose and significance, then confusion, frustration, discouragement, disillusionment and corporate suicide-whether gradual or instant-reign. Purpose is the master motivation and mother of commitment. It is this source of enthusiasm and the womb of perseverance. Purpose gives birth to hope and instills the passion of act. It is the common denominator that gives every creature an element of distinction. This guiding sense of purpose is more than an orietation towards a goal. Rather, it is a deep awareness that a common vision encompasses all life and existence. Without this vision, we can only exist. We feel no passion for living, neither do we have any reason to wake up in the morning.
Purpose is the touchstone of any accomplishment large and small. A strong man can be defeated by a child who has a purpose. Washington Irving, said:“Great minds have purpose, others have wishes.” Walter Lippman, remarked. “Only the consciousness of a purpose that is mightier than any man and worthy of all men can fortify and inspire and compose the soul of men.” John Mason, pondered, “God has placed within each one of us something that cries out to be above average and extraordinary.” Somewhere under the stare, God has a job for you to do and nobody else can do it. You need not to change job or trade, but find that which you were created to do. Peter Lowe, said: “Don’t keep reinventing yourself. Discover what you are to do and then stick with it. You may change your tactics and methods, but stay with your core principles and calling.”
These questions -who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from? What was I born to do? What can I do?Where do I fit? Why am I different? What is my potientiality? Where am I going? Why did I come to this planet?- are universal questions that haunt every human being. Each of us must find the answers to these questions of purpose, if we are going to enjoy a meaningful, effective fulfilling life.
You must realise that your fulfillment in life is dependent on your becoming and doing what you were born to be and do. Anything less makes life your enemy and death your friend. It is essential, vital, crucial and necessary that you understand this fundamental principle of purpose and pursue it. If you want to find your purpose, (if you’ve not found out yet) the best source is the creator or the manufacturer. It is the manufacturer of a product that knows the purpose of a product before producing it. No human being can tell you your purpose on earth except God. Seek Him, ask Him.
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