And you bless me with the best gift
That I’ve ever known
You give me purpose
Yeah, you’ve given me purpose….
So first of all I’m a Justin Bieber fan and before you go around judging me for being a soft guy, I’d like to say clearly that listening to Justin is as gangster as it gets. He may sing mushy songs but they are subliminal threat messages hidden in codes of RnB which many of you haven’t yet deciphered. From “Baby” to the last track on his “Purpose” album all have hidden codes only the realest will understand.
Why I started liking Justin Bieber music? …Very simple. First of all he is my age mate with great style and he made his first million dollars when I hadn’t even earned my first GH₵ 100. Secondly he can sing… like really well. And thirdly, not really necessary but he had Selena Gomez.
All these three things could have my life complete as a growing teenager. I’m pretty sure at this point you’re beginning to shock fans for me. Thinking I was a shallow person. But the truth is I was actually not just shallow but petty too and I still am sometimes. So now that we’ve got that cleared up, allow me to continue.
This reality of pettiness wasn’t just mine or Bieber’s, it’s everybody’s I know. Show me a teenager who isn’t shallow or petty and I’d think he’s from Mars. Uptil now I’m sure even you reading are still petty. It shouldn’t have to be a million dollars, the obsession for the latest Jordan sneakers could be a substitute. It shouldn’t have to be mad musical talent but just maybe being known as the last killer when it comes to playing FIFA 16 could their thing. In place of Selena Gomez, it could be that smart and pretty girl who sat in the first row of the class with those amazing dimples and the perfect smile locked in front of those gleaming white teeth.
Whatever it was that defined your pettiness, you begin to realize that as time passes, the weight of its importance begins to dwindle. The whole sneaker competition becomes less of a priority, the video games fade into the shadow (unless it’s a tournament to show who is boss, in that case you have a hall pass) and that perfect girl in your eyes starts getting pimples. OK fine maybe she doesn’t get pimples but you move on to other things. All I’m trying to say is that you shed interest because you grow up. The best part is that it’s a stage in life. Even the apostle Paul could relate when he said:
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out what your purpose is, but if you don’t know what your purpose is than you don’t know why you are here, it can be hard to shed off those childhood frivolities. Now as you grow up, you begin to mature and open up to new knowledge; you learn new things. It’s only in maturity that you find your purpose because maturity is not when you start speaking big things but rather when you start understanding small things.
I struggled daily to figure out my purpose, but it wasn’t until I took a step back and realized that my purpose isn’t “figure-outable” from my head. I thought to myself, “Maybe the problem isn’t that I don’t know what my purpose is; the problem is the way I am trying to find my purpose.”
We can’t think our way into our life’s passion and purpose, we have to do our way in. This means taking steps towards what you want, and removing those things in your life that you don’t want. So in figuring out my path I found three things most useful:
1.GET MORE ACTION: Take a cue from Nike and “Just Do it.” The more we act, the more we get clarity on things. The experience is the reward and clarity comes through the process of exploring. Action is where you get results.
2.SYNC YOUR MIND WITH YOUR HEART: Your heart is your best tool to access your true purpose and passion. By doing what you love, you will be inspired and gain insights into what brings you the most joy.
3.BREAK UP WITH THE ONE: By the one I don’t mean your girlfriend/ boyfriend. Many of us struggle because we try to find that ONE thing that we are meant to do. The notion that we have only one thing we are meant for, limits us from fulfilling our greatness. Let go of thinking there is only one purpose for you and embrace the idea that our purpose in life is to love life fully by putting ourselves into our life!
That feeling that something is missing goes away when you lead a passion-filled life. The need to seek our purpose comes from a lack of passion. When you don’t feel connected to your life, you lack purpose and passion. To fix this emptiness simply add more passion. If you are not living each day with excitement, energy, and passion, then you are not living true to your life purpose. To boil it down, remember this simple equation:
Passion + Daily Action = Purposeful Life
Sometimes you may feel you weren’t necessarily put in the best position to make the best decisions but in all these do not forget the “God Factor.” I’m convinced that if you do all these, you can’t go wrong, and you won’t “miss it”. Be curious. Enjoy the process and marvel at life and its richness as you go along.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (Psalm 138:8)