Are you being true to your purpose?
As you start to discover your purpose, your reason to work, play, and live you need to make sure you are being to your purpose.
Over the years I have found myself getting sidetracked by less important things.
In my training it has been new or different programs promising results.
In my life it has been the allure for "better" or more things.
But, in the end I have what I need already. Quite frankly, I almost have more than I need, I just might need to get creative to them for the things I would like.
How do we know we are staying true to our purpose?
"Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves." 2 Corinthians 13:5a
As the bible explains, test yourself!
Do you find yourself doing things you don't truly enjoy, things that don't build up yourself and those around you?
Do you find yourself trying to impress people who don't truly care about you?
If you are like me, you will probably answer yes to one or all three of those. Maybe not at this moment or all at the same time but at some point, even different points each day you could answer yes.
You are not alone.
In fact, it's an unfortunate truth. This world will try to distract you from a worthy purpose, and calling. (We will discuss the what and how of distractions in a different post.)
It's not if but when and how will you be distracted.
And, how will you respond?
To truly live your purpose it will require daily attention and focus. Not that it is the only thing you think about because at some point it should become a way of life for you.
You must live your purpose.
As the saying goes, "Don't talk about it, be about it."
Step 1: Know your purpose.
If you have a clear purpose you will have nothing to move toward.
This is like driving around to get some food but your not sure what you want. Everything looks enticing and pretty soon your driving in circles.
Step 2: Live your purpose.
As I mentioned above, your purpose should be your lifestyle.
People should be able to watch you and know what your about. With a clear purpose you will be able to ask simple questions to guide you.
Does things align with what I believe?
Will this add value to myself, my people and my purpose?
These questions, and others, can be beneficial to guiding you on your journey.
Step 3: Test yourself.
When you use questions from step 2 to help guide you, then you have already started this step.
The next part is reflecting. Take time to make sure you are on the right path. Sometimes we may think we are going in the right direction when we have lost sight of our true direction.
I encourage short monthly reflections and longer yearly reflections to help keep you moving in the right direction.
You are here for a purpose. Stay the course and carry on! I believe in you!
"Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!" 2 Corinthians 13:5
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