Purpose Series: God , Purpose and Passion by Barnabas Oyebamiji

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I want to start this write-up by telling you my discovery about people’s response to my articles. I found out subtly using feedback mechanism that most people find it difficult to stop reading my articles till they are done reading, so I embarked on a journey to discover why they do not drop my articles and guess what I found out as the reason? People do not drop my write-ups because they are curious, they want to find out what I have to talk about, they want to know what exactly is the point I am trying to make, simply put, they want to discover the PURPOSE of my article or should I say, what is on my mind when I took the pen.

Don’t let’s get carried away with that because this particular article isn’t entirely too talk about why people read my articles but on what happened to my thoughts on a particular evening. Let me share with you.

It began as a single thought while I was fixated on the most unexpected matter for meditation, a thought that began because while I was sitting outside my house on this particular evening for fresh air. I sat with my face up and my legs stretched over a relaxing table in a crossed pattern, with my eyes fixed on the sky. Then as if by revelation, I saw that hey, everywhere was bright! I subconsciously began to scan around for the source of this light and I ended up staring at the moon, it was the moon that was giving out light (smiles-can you imagine?).  The moon was shining so bright that I could see the lines of my fingers.

This discovery changed my thought pattern; I by default fixed my thought on the moon. I began to ask myself childish questions like is ‘why is the moon so bright, what is the moon doing up there’? …and other questions along this line.

So I decided to focus on the most reliable book of history ever known to man to have the most accurate facts, I remember what was on the first page, how that the creator created the whole universe, I got to that point where it talked about the moon, I wanted to know what the creator had in mind when he was creating the moon

And God(the creator) made two great lights; the greater light (the sun) to rule the day, and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:16

I saw that in the mind of the one who created the moon, the moon was to give light (rule) in the night. I mean to say that it became clear to me that the moon shining so bright to the point where I could see the lines on my palms is a normal thing, the moon was living up to expectation, the moon was living out what was in the mind of the creator when creating him. Simply put, the moon was fulfilling purpose!

Then with an unimaginable speed, my mind jumped from thinking about the moon to focusing on man, I began to think about what was on the mind of the creator when creating man (have you ever thought of that?). I had to go back to the most remarkable book in history again because that is the only trustworthy documentation there is. I saw that the creator created a garden and then created man and placed man in the garden he had created to maintain it. Maybe you didn’t get my explanation, I discover that the first man that was created wasn’t just created by the creator for creating sake, rather, the creator had a reason, the created man is to stay in the garden and take charge of all that was created. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2:15

Later, the creator saw that the workload was too much for the man alone, so He created an help-meet(fit) for him(the man)

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Genesis 2:18-21.

Simply put, the assignment was too much for Adam to too alone, therefore, an helper became a necessity. This was followed by a thorough search for an helper and when no suitable helper was found, the creator had to create another creature of the same kind as the man that will be the help meet for him. I mean to say that the woman wasn’t created for creation sake but for a particular purpose.

  • Let us bring this down to a comprehensible bit,
  • no creator creates anything without a purpose in mind
  • the purpose of a thing is the reason for which that thing is created
  • no creature can no its value until it fully understand its assignment
  • you as a creature cannot understand your assignment until you know your creator

By now, it should be obvious to you that you are created for a particular purpose, you need to begin to soak in this truth! You are not a waste of resources, there is an assignment on the face of the wrath that necessitated your creation and you MUST carry out that assignment. I know situations and circumstances and the things you have gone through in time past have made it seems as though you are a useless nobody, but I want to tell you with all assurance that you are really precious to your creator…in fact, you are more precious than you know you are and that is why you need to go back to your source because you see, every creature is a representative of it source and until you know your source, you cannot represent properly. And that is why when you go further in the book of history, you get to a portion where the greatest and wisest man of his generation concluded his discovery about creation by saying ‘Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them’. Ecclesiastics 12:1

It would be greatly unfair If I do not mention how I ended my meditations, I asked myself a simple question which was “is it possible not to fulfill your purpose after you have known all this”? and my quick answer was YES. But then, I began to ponder on why it could be so, I came up with a lot of reasons why people fail to fulfill their purpose but in the long run, I observed from history that there is only one underlining reason why people do not end up fulfilling their purpose and that is A LACK OF PASSION! Yes, it sounds simple but that is the mother of all purpose slayers. Show me a man passionate about fulfilling his purpose and I will give to you an unstoppable purposeful achiever. You see, a passionate man is too attracted to his purpose to be distracted by any distractions. The truth is that distractions will always come to a man on the path of purpose, but what will keep me going is a resolute passion. Passion will get you to places where distractions are impossible. You will become too attracted to your purpose to the point where distractions are going to see you and fear. In fact, the resources to fulfill purpose flows in the path of passion.  By definition, I define passion as the boiling point of love. Your love for your purpose is so high and always at its boiling point that it melts away challenges.

I will talk more about this in my next write up on the September 14 on purpose and challenges. How to fulfill purpose in the face of challenges

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