After my previous article on Doing the Right Things Vs Doing Things Right I decided to continue a sequel, especially for those of us who may be at the brink of blowing the question, “Who Am I?”
Although our education system penalizes students for making mistakes, but the truth is, “in the real world you don’t actually know what the best plan is until you TRY,” says Reid Hoffman. Making mistakes is part of the learning process of life. In fact, mistakes are the building blocks of wisdom. Simply learn by doing. Weighing our options may not necessarily mean “missing the mark” since is in tryout of options that we can explore and bring out the best in us.
Aristotle once said that the origin of action—it’s efficient, not its final cause—is choice, and that of choice is desire and reasoning with a view to an end. Sometimes, we have to learn that it’s man who decides, not heaven. While I do not dispute the fact that heaven does decide our future as God’s people, we should stop living life as if God owes us a thing. Frankly, we are expected to speculate our way out of the maze of purpose and riddle the riddle of life ourselves.
I love the story of Saul in 1 Sam. 9, about how he was looking for his lost donkey. If you are a good bible student you would recall that his father sent him out to search for the missing donkey without any specific or helpful detail about the donkey, at least to shorten the time to be wasted looking at wrong places. From all indications, Saul, an ordinary bloke, had a landmark option to make there. He separated search parties to look for the missing donkey until destiny connected him to Samuel. Unknown to him the missing donkey was providentially arranged for such a time so he could connect purpose. Recall, he first wandered in confusion to become a wonder. For some of us, we may have to be like Saul to become who God wants us to be.
My life’s journey is no different to Saul’s. Little did I know that I would end up in the pulpit, preaching for the rest of my life. Just like every other young person I had a passion to do things and be happy and live my life independently. Never in a million years would I crave to be a pastor. Howbeit, it took me years of wandering in confusion, looking for my lost donkey, weighing my options, before I finally found myself as His “victim of purpose”, and had no choice but to surrender to God’s divine assignment for my life. It has been nothing short of good news ever since. You may argue with me, but truth is, we are all “victims” of God’s purpose. You will eventually end up doing what God wants you to do. You will end up going where He wants you to go. You will end up connecting that man or woman He has positioned for you. God will never give up on us until we land on what He wants us to be/do. And since God is the Alpha and Omega and since He knows the end of our story from the beginning, then we should be rest assured that He knows what’s right for us. God’s purpose is our purpose, and until we explore with Him His purpose and plans for us, we may never know what’s best for us and that it is our best.
Trying to maintain our independent will is conceived as a selfish way of living. What if it is not what God wants? When we open our self-up to phenomena and activities, and think outside the box of comfort, there is a tendency to exhaust the imperfect options and land on ones that are absolute and perfect for us.
Most Christians both past and present that attained an appreciable level of commitment/leadership in the Christian service was able to measure such great heights as they tryout on different ministries. After years and years of experience they discovered what gave them the most joy. They uncovered purpose through their inordinate experience. It is however possible to study and practice different gifts/talents/skills in order to figure out the best fit. I can actually remember how many times I served in different ministries: at one time as an intercessor, another as an usher, and even ended up joining the worship ministry with my bad singing voice. I weighed my options. Three things I learned: What is not yours is not yours; what is not in you, is not in you; and before what is yours gets to you, you must have to make mistakes.
The human intellect is forced to pursue the life/work it envisages. Our will may never be separated from our needs until we satisfy it. Put differently, life may never be complete until we step to the fore of purpose. In order to land on what matters and discover the right things, we might have to take chances on the opportunities life has to offer. At the end of the day you will eventually realize that it is not everything everybody goes for is for you. Eventually you will have to tryout things to find the right thing and discover what matters to you the most.
Be careful not to overly blow the horn whereas nothing is there. Think big but don’t talk big if you are not sure of what you have. Examine what you have to be sure is it. We must verify our skills to be sure it is truly inspired to serve humanity, represent God, and be a blessing to the world.
Live in such a way that the world will never be the same after you are gone!