(Proverbs 19:21 — AMPC: “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand”)
Welcome back to our discussion on a purposeful life and our focus today will be on what a purposeful life is really all about. There is no dispute about the fact that God’s purpose is superior to our purpose as stated in Proverbs 19:21.
So what is a purposeful life?
It’s a selective life i.e. a consecrated life. It is a life that is dedicated to doing certain things. Purpose helps you to choose the kind of life to live. It makes you a meaningful specific not a wandering generality. You are selective in what you do, where you go and who you become (Luke 1:80; Judges 13:3-5). Purposeful Living prevents you from dissipating your time, energy and resources anyhow. It helps you to be a specialist and not a generalist. The truth of the matter is that you can’t do everything or be like everybody; hence, the need to be selective in your approach.
Are you living a selective life? How can you live a selective life?
You live a selective life by:
– Doing the things you have strength and grace for. Walk in your areas of strength and stop trying to do what you are not graced for (1 Corinthians 7:20; Proverbs 27:8).
– Doing the things, you love or like. Follow your passion and your heart.
Knowing the things to say “yes” to and the things to say “no” to. You need wisdom to know what to allow and what to disallow (1 Corinthians 6:12).
– Being yourself. Stop trying to live a pseudo life. Be real and authentic.
It’s time to stop trying to spread yourself all over the place. It’s time to be selective with your life because this is what purposeful living is all about. You are not called to do everything but do something(s).
OTHER SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: (Acts 9:15-16; 2 Chronicles 26:5, 15-16; Matthew 3:4; 1 Corinthians 9:26-27)
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father God, help me to live a selective life. Help me to say “yes” to the things I need to say “yes” to and “no” to the things I need to say “no” to. Lord, forgive me for trying to be a “Jack of all trades but master of none”.
CONFESSION: I live a selective life because I am a creature of purpose. I don’t waste my time, energy and resources on things that have no bearing on my purpose in life. I am selective with my time and resources. I am selective with where I go and what I do. I am consecrated and devoted to my purpose in life. Nothing else matters more than this. I therefore live a purposeful life and not a not a life of “anything goes.
Yemi Adeoti is a pastor, teacher, life coach and mentor & also a prolific writer.