What’s in it for you?

ImageWhy are you where you are at the moment? Yes, why are you doing that job? Why are you running that business? Why are you involved in that activity? Why do you attend that Church? Why do you have those friends? In general, why are you living the way you are living? WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU?

When I ask that question, I’m not referring to material benefits; rather I’m referring to PURPOSE.

What is the purpose for your job? Are you doing it for the money? Why do you go to Church? Is it because you want God to bless you? Why do you do the things you do? Defining the reason you are involved in something would help you do more and also derive fulfillment from it. That way, no amount of discouragement would stop you and derail you; you would keep at it because you have a purpose which is beyond material benefits.

The fact that you may not have a definite purpose, a definite reason or a raison d’etre does not mean that you should quit or resign. Rather, it means that you should ask yourself questions. Prayerfully consider matters, talk with your mentors or spiritual leaders and keep your mind open as the Spirit of God will bring to your heart, the reason you are involved in that particular thing. For some other situations, you might need to re-align yourself and change directions.

Why do I blog? Is it because I want to be known as a blogger? No! Absolutely not! I once started blogging but when it dawned on me that I hadn’t defined the purpose for my blogging, I stopped. Things started without a lasting purpose would definitely die a natural death. It took me about three years to define the purpose for my writing and to also develop a direction and message. When the time came, I knew because I had the purpose and I had the message.

What about you? Couples divorce because they have not aligned the purpose of their marriage to God’s purpose for marriages. People quit because they do not find a meaning in what they do. Thousands commit suicide because their lives don’t have a meaning.

Don’t wait till you are forty, fifty or seventy to find a purpose in your life. Make up your mind to find it today! How? Turn to God; he made you in the first place so he knows the exact reasons for the things that have to do with you. Also, look beyond material benefits to IMPACT! Are you impacting someone? Making someone’s life better? Are you extending the vision of your organization?

Finally, the bible says ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters’ (Colossians 3:23). That is a purpose for ANYTHING you do. Look beyond your boss, or your spouse, or your colleagues or the Government or whoever, just do it and do it for God.

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No I can’t!

You tell yourself one more time. I don’t think I can ever do that, no way! Not me! Then you remind yourself of all those mistakes, all those times you failed, all those negative things that were said to you or said about you and you tell yourself one more time, ‘I definitely can’t!’. Then you shrug and you walk away, walk away from your God given destiny because you think that you are not qualified. You walk away from a life changing opportunity because you believe that you are not up to it. You give up on something you really would have loved to do because you’ve failed before or you’ve been told by someone that you are not good enough. Or maybe you are good, but then there are no funds to pursue your dream at the level that you would have loved to at that time, so what do you do? Give up? Walk away? Pretend it doesn’t matter? Find some other dreams and pursue it? One of my sisters had the following signature on her email: “The person that speaks to you the most is you, so be careful what you say to yourself”.

There are a lot of opportunities out there for those who think that they can. The truth is, when you begin to think that you can, your mind begins to see opportunities, and you begin to dream. As those pictures come to you, you need to write them down and begin to say them to yourself again and again. Tell yourself what you are going to do, as you do that, you are influencing the circumstances around you to begin to shape up for you and for your future. If you need to improve your skills, by all means do. Practice if you need to practice, find a mentor that believes in you and is willing to hold your hand and walk you through. If there’s no one like that around you, don’t despair, read books about people that have done what you want to do, study on that area and acquire knowledge. Spend time in prayer and meditation and let God guide your heart.

The picture below shows it all, don’t wait for anybody to tell that you can. Tell yourself you can and please DO!

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…And the rain fell!

I love the rain Not just did the rain fall, it fell at the right time. The right time for me is when I am indoors and probably about to write. The rain sets the perfect scene especially if I can watch from a window, a closed window that is. Lols.

For other people, the rain would be falling at the wrong time, probably they are about to go out for a meeting or visit someone or do something outdoors. Anyway, that’s life for you. The situations we meet may not always be favorable, some of them can be downright discouraging but you know what? We have the choice to either get discouraged, depressed and drop out or to keep going on, irrespective of how we feel.

What choices are you going to make today? This week? This month? This year? You may not be able to choose certain things that come your way but you definitely can choose your reactions to them.

I was at a wedding one day, the reception was outdoors and it began to rain. I simply told the bride and the groom to enjoy themselves and not bother about the weather because if they do, they would end up having a bad day. Did the rain stop? definitely! Was the wedding a success? Absolutely- we all had fun and really really danced.

You are the only person that can stop yourself from doing what you want to do. The Rain only becomes a hindrance when you see it as one. So also do the other things that happen to you. Choose to see possibilities only and that is what you would have always.

Cheers!