Week 3: Why Am I Here?
We have been studying for the past few weeks two questions:
- Who am I?
- Where am I from?
We have answered these questions before this journey but through a carnal perspective, but the last few weeks we have understood that we are beyond carnal. We have exchanged our lens for God's lens. We now are beginning to view ourselves through the eyes of God. What an exciting journey it has been so far! As we begin to go deeper in this journey to a purposeful life, I challenge you to apply what we are discovering and learning about ourselves. This week we are unfolding the 3rd question:
This question is the most important one out of all the questions we will be unfolding. It is also a question the is tied to the first two question. In order to answer this question you must understand who you are and where you are from. Imagine us... asking our selves this question, why are we here?, but yet we answer it based off of our carnal answer to who we are and where we are from. Most of us don't answer this question, why are we here, because most of us don't know who we are. If we don't know who we are and where we are from, we will not know why we are here
On this 5 week journey we have realized one thing and that is, who we are and where we are from is attached to God, the source.
Last year around this time I believed I knew who I was. I even knew where I came from until my accident. April 12, 2016 I got into a head on collision. One that could have cost me my life. I had multiple life threatening injuries. I was fighting for my life but I was not fighting alone. My parents and close family and even friends prayed and loved on me, but however their love is not what kept me alive.
Let me explain it this way....
When a new product comes with a warranty, that warranty is to represent the coverage of the product. When a product is malfunctioning or even damaged it is recalled, taken into a shop and under the warranty it comes back brand new at no cost to you. The company does not do that for us, but for its' name sake. It has built that product to serve as a purpose. A company would spend 6 million on recalls to take a product in and fix it because they are protecting their reputation.
When my life was spared I realized one thing... I am here still because I have a purpose to carry out. I do not come from my parents, but from a company that stands behind its product no matter what. That company is God's kingdom and every thing is done for His name sake. I then began to examine my life. I was living at a capacity that I was not made for. I would wake up, go to work or school, eat, hang out, go to church, and sleep. I believed I was working towards something. God did not save me or stand behind me for my life to have meaning through routines. He had to save my life for something greater. I asked my self why am I truly here?
We go though life living through our routines, stuck. We never truly read the manual of our life. We never ask God why we are here and even when we do we never let Him show us. What if you were only living 10% of your life's capability? I know I was. I answered that question carnally. Our purpose in the end is to contribute to His kingdom. How we fulfill our purpose will contribute to the kingdom of God.
95% of us are afraid to ask this question and even more afraid and lost to answer it because we have attached our purpose to things instead of Him.
If I were to tell you that your purpose won't be found through the status you hold as mothers, fathers, church goers, or titles what questions would that then leave behind?
Those are functions that may fulfill part of our purpose but it is not "the" purpose of your life. We are created beyond those things. My purpose I discovered, once I discovered life. God has given me such an incredible strength that I never knew I had. I have gone through many situations that were hard and a fight to live, but I would always find myself surviving. I could always get back up again and push forward. I realized my purpose lied in that. To teach others the power of the strength they truly possess to tap into it, to step into purpose and maximize their life. Everything I do is for that, it's to contribute to the kingdom of God. Becoming a wife, a mother and even being a daughter is not my sole purpose in life. It is only 10% of our capability. We all can be mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. Our purpose however is not the same. It is a puzzle piece to the kingdom. My purpose is attached to God and His kingdom. I am here ONLY and SOLELY because of that, because of the piece I possess. Why were you born? Why were you sent here?
As we continue this journey ask yourself these questions and have a conversation with God. Remain connected to him as we embark on our next question:
Week 4: What can I do?
- Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
- Proverbs 16:9 ESV
9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.