My biggest struggle lately (as in the past 25 years) has been getting up in the morning. Mostly because, well, it’s morning. And also because when I do decide to get up, I rarely have enough time to do everything I need to do before I get my day going. This primarily includes praying, meditating, and working.
Now please note that when I say “working” I’m not talking about my job. There is a huge difference between my “work” and my “job” (although I am working towards merging the two). My job is what I get paid to do; my work is what I was born to do. My job is my paycheck; my work is my divine purpose. By day, I’m a communications/social media coordinator. By destiny, I’m a blogger, published author (in the making), mentor, motivational speaker, future wife and mother.
I was recently watching another YouTube video by the late, great and wise Dr. Myles Munroe (God rest his soul). The video was a four-part series titled “The Power of Your Potential,” which talks about the unique gift that is locked inside each and every one of us: our potential. In the video, Dr. Munroe highlights the five major questions we must ask ourselves when trying to figure out our life purpose: 1) Who am I?; 2) Where am I from?; 3) Why am I here?; 4) What can I do?; and 5) Where am I going?
Scientists have proven that when a man ejaculates into a woman, approximately 600 million sperm cells rush toward the egg, but only one penetrates it. So the probability of your very existence was one out of 600 million! Isn’t that miraculous? Doesn’t it make you wonder why you were chosen — yes, chosen — to be here, out of your 599 million unfertilized siblings? It’s because you’re here for a reason.
The sad part is, many of us don’t even realize it. My last post, which was inspired by the theme of last week’s episode of Being Mary Jane, shed light on depression and suicide. Many of us have fallen victim to one or both, because we have no clue what our purpose for living is. We have no idea that we were each hand-selected by God to discover and utilize the gift — our potential — that He has placed inside each and every one of us to carry out His will on this Earth. We weren’t created to just follow rules, pay bills, and die.
I was 22 years old when I started wondering what my purpose was. I was a recent graduate of Howard University who was diagnosed with a chronic illness literally right after I graduated. So while the large majority of my peers were off in the world starting their careers, I was at home questioning my existence. For a long time I was angry, bitter, depressed and lonely. But eventually I had to silence my negative emotions and ask myself — and God — those five, hard questions.
- Who am I? I’m not just talking about my name. But really, who am I? What is my story? How do I identify myself? What fuels, motivates and fulfills me? What exactly is my place in this world?
- Where am I from? Not just my hometown. Not even my parents who conceived me. But who and/or what is my source for living? Where do my innermost thoughts and dreams come from? What is my inspiration?
- Why am I here? What is my reason for being? Of all the people who could’ve been standing in my place today, why me? What is it about me that makes me so special? What greater purpose do my life and life experiences have the potential to serve?
- What can I do? What is it that I can contribute to the world? What are my gifts? How can I use them to help/serve others?
- Where am I going? What is my vision? What are my goals? How does my purpose shape my future? And on a grander scale, my legacy?
Over time as I began to figure out some of the answers, my purpose became more clear. I created a vision board (I will be writing a post on this), started a blog and drafted my own bio. And as I continue to grow, some of the answers are being revised, and some are still being written.
I encourage you to take a moment to review and reflect on the questions above. Know that God has placed you here for a unique purpose. You have a gift on the inside of you that is waiting to be unlocked and shared with the world. You are here to work. Not for a temporary paycheck, but for an everlasting purpose.