We are meant to live a life beyond the life of the proverbial worker bee; wake, work, mate, then sleep. From the time we are school aged children we are indoctrinated with the belief that we are to go to school to be able to work, work to be able to pay bills, and pay bills so we are a positive contribution to society. True, we all share responsibility to ensuring that the world goes around. Truth be told, without the “worker bees,” the
eeloominaughty queen bee, or the queen bee system would fall flat. I am all about contributing to the greater good of the system, but the wash, rinse, and repeat cycle is just wack to me. I feel that I was created for something greater; and I believe that you were as well.
My life has been far from picturesque; in fact I have had experiences that if I shared would make some stare in disbelief. Life hasn’t been all bad however, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been exposed to things that made me realize that there was something more to life. I lived my life daydreaming, of something greater. As I’ve matured, and began to discover myself more and my relationship with God, I realized that nothing I’ve been through has been for me. Every trial, every heartbreak, every situation that was meant to break me actually ended up pushing me closer to my purpose. If everything that I’ve been through was in fact in vain, me and God was going to have some certified PROLLEMS, you hear me!?
In order to live life and live it abundantly, you MUST be aware of your purpose. I once asked a friend of mine what he thought his purpose was. He paused, and with a perplexed look on his face answered “I’m not sure.” How many of us are living unsure? Living a life merely existing to serve a system, unaware of who we truly are and why we are here. Had I been asked the same question just one year ago, my answer would be the same. Look around you; most of the world, even those who seem to have it all are living life without purpose. One way you can tell is our gluttony for consumerism; we continuously fill our life with things in attempt to fill a void that cannot be filled with anything but God and purpose. This is why you can see a celebrity who has all of the things in the world; clothes, money, cars, women/men to boot. They seem to have it all, yet still engage in self-destructive behaviors because they don’t know their purpose. Also, let’s not confuse talent with purpose. Your gifts and talents may be tools to push you towards your purpose, but your talents alone may not be your purpose. Don’t limit yourself, not even by your talents.
Our first purpose is to love God, and serve in his greater purpose to love others. We will never be fulfilled until we realize that and accept that first. Once we do, we can then begin to exploring ourselves deeper, to find out exactly what we are here for. The book “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren provides a guide to help you in finding your God-given purpose, through finding your S.H.A.P.E. (No he isn’t talking about your banging curves). Your S.H.A.P.E. consists of the following: Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience. Take some time to think about yourself and who you really are. Get naked; strip yourself of everything perishable. Your job title, your clothes, your makeup, your $200 kicks, and take a good look at YOU. Then, write it all down. Record everything related to your S.H.A.P.E., and you will begin to see how everything is connected. I’m going to admit, when I did this and started to realize how EVERYTHING in my life was connected, I got scared. It made me realize that my life had greater meaning than I realized. It made me want to care about me more than I did. Anything, and I mean ANYTHING that didn’t align with my purpose I had to let go. Relationships, friendships, behaviors and habits all had to go. I have so much peace now, and have a greater fulfillment than any man or pair of shoes could ever bring.
I challenge you today to take a step towards abundant living and find your purpose. You are more than a mother or father, your job title, the labels you wear, or the relationships you have. You won’t find fulfillment in a bottle, racks on racks, the mall, or between someone else’s legs. Sure, all of these things may bring temporary pleasure, but they will never fill you. They are extras, and should never be the foundation of who you are. Stop living your life of just existing and chasing things without substance. Make a commitment to yourself from this day on to live your life, and live it on purpose. This my loves, is the first step to truly Living B.A.D.
Application: Take time to explore your SHAPE. Spend some time in prayer and meditation, and record the thoughts the Creator gives you in relation to it. Pray and meditate some more, and talk to someone you really trust. Prayerfully, this will point you in the direction of discovering your true purpose.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28