Day 23: Mastery of Life and Purpose #28DayChallenge

Hello! Thanks for coming by (again). If you’ve taken time to read any of the previous 22 posts on this 28-day journey, I want to say a big “Thank You”. Nothing motivates a writer like knowing there are readers on the other side taking their precious time to stop and read. And if this is the first post in this series or on this blog you’re coming across, I say “Welcome” and “Thank You”!

I want to share a few thoughts today on four areas of our lives where we all need to develop mastery if we are going to fulfill our God-given purpose or even achieve our goals and desires. I chose the word “mastery” because it is associated with repetition and practice. It often also comes with making a lot of mistakes, which are a natural outcome of continuous practice in any field or discipline. The mastery we are looking at today, however, is related to our lives.

The first thing we must master is controlling our thoughts. There are thousands of thoughts that flood our minds each day, and we have to choose which to focus on, develop and act on. There is a risk that we sometimes just dwell on the thoughts that come at us repeatedly. Because anything I allow to dominate my mind dominates my life, I am deliberate about filling my mind with the right thoughts, for example, by reading my Bible every day. Do not permit just any thoughts to occupy your mind. Screen before permitting.

The next thing we must master is our words/speech. The Bible is clear that whoever who can control their tongue can control their life. While our words naturally follow our thoughts, I think of the mouth as a gate that can restrain the wrong thoughts from escaping our lips. We are often better off keeping quiet than chattering thoughtlessly. If you need time before speaking, take your time. There may be times that unplanned speech is necessary: this is why we should only nurture the right thoughts so that foolishness does not proceed from our lips because it does not exist in our minds.

The last two areas we must master are character building and choice of company (friends). These two go hand in glove because the company we keep influence our character, and our character determines the company we keep. Building character requires patience and persistence, and a willingness to learn from others. If you are not convinced about the value of good character, it is easy to expect people to accept you as you are or live as you please. This in turn leads to keeping company with people that are unwilling or unable to correct and challenge you. Without these, there can be no true growth.

Mastery in all four areas I have briefly highlighted requires a lot of continuous practice (with many mistakes). More importantly, the journey to gain such mastery is a never-ending one. But if you keep on that journey, you will be prosperous, and your life will be fulfilling! Thanks for coming by and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Remain blessed!

Eyes on the Prize: Persevering to do God’s Will

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. (Heb. 10:36, NIV)

Welcome to the third and final part of this series on fulfilling your purpose! If you have not read the first two posts in this series, you can read them here: The Big Picture & Follow the Leader. Fulfilling purpose is a journey, one that lasts a lifetime. And my prayer is that you, my dear reader, will not be cut short amid your days. Rather, you will live long enough to complete the work the Lord has committed to you and fulfill His purpose for your life. But if you must fulfill your purpose, then you must learn to persevere – that is, to patiently endure every trial or challenge and ensure you do what God desires of you.

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Follow the Leader: Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus

Hello, friend! Welcome to part two of this series on fulfilling purpose. If you have not, you can read part one here. What I intend to emphasize here is simple – the only way to surely fulfill purpose is to follow the leader, Jesus Christ. The Bible variously commends the Lord Jesus as the “author and finisher of our faith”, “the firstborn from the dead” and “the forerunner”, who has gone ahead of us into the presence of our heavenly Father. There are at least three reasons why you should keep your eyes on Jesus in your pursuit of purpose as a child of God. We will look at each one in turn, briefly.

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The Big Picture: Your Purpose through God’s Eyes

Hello there! Thanks for coming by. This write- up is part one of a three-part series discussing practical issues around our purpose as children of God. Purpose is a big theme within the Christian faith, and rightfully so. Understanding that each one of us was created by God for a specific reason is an important foundation for every human being, and indeed, every child of God. It is a truth worth stating at every opportunity – that every human being is created by God to fulfill a specific purpose on the earth. Fulfilling our purpose ultimately brings God pleasure and glory.

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Understanding the Times (2)

“An undiscerning person will often walk into trouble innocently”

Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm,

and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,

    though a person may be weighed down by misery.

Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 (NIV)

Hello! I wish you a happy new month and welcome you to the second half of 2020. It has been a rather eventful year so far, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting lives and economies globally. But life goes on, and we must make the most of our moments while we are still alive. I pray that your days will count for God’s purpose, and that you will find joy and prosperity in the work of your hands every day. Last week I wrote about “Understanding the Times” and will like to further that discussion today. If you have not read that post, you can read it here as it sets the scene for this current post.

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Understanding the Times

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Welcome, dear reader, to my blog 😊. Today, I am sharing on the vital subject of time. The verse of the Bible quoted above, arguably one of the most quoted verses or portions of the Bible, reveals a timeless piece of wisdom that speaks to our daily lives more than we care to admit. Now especially, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that is transforming the way we live, work, think, behave and congregate, I find it most crucial to reflect on the importance of understanding the times as we wade and waddle through the murky waters of our new realities.

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Even Great Men Struggle

Sometimes I wonder how Elijah got to the point of telling God he wanted to die – the point where he felt he was no better than his fathers. He must have felt helpless. That moment of his life was no doubt an unbelievable contradiction. Here was a man who held a whole nation to ransom, without whose word the rain would not fall, asking God to take his life. It was the point where Jezebel threatened to kill him, and he ran for his life, ending up in the wilderness. It was a point of exhaustion, where he was completely drained and unable to summon inner strength for the journey ahead of him. Hear his words, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” Continue reading “Even Great Men Struggle”

Losing Fear

I was a captive. Of fear.

My fears – they held me by the throat

And threatened to let me go

If I ventured beyond the boundaries

They lovingly set for me.

You see, I was raised to court safety

To keep a safe distance from trouble

To use my senses, and ensure I am enclosed

By walls of security always surrounding me.

So I was always secured, heavily guarded

By my fears – the experts on security.

They set my boundaries, told my stories,

Made my choices, lent me voices,

Even threatened my friends and family

On my behalf. So I was always safe.

Safe, but never free. I was a stranger

To the vicissitudes of an adventurous life

To the uncertainties of risk-taking

And the attendant rewards

Of inventions and profits unimaginable

New lands and foreign ventures

Were strangers in my world.

Till one day,

One day while my fears were closely watching

I looked through the window of hope

And beheld visions of a different reality.

I had new dreams and saw beyond security.

I saw possibility, no, possibilities.

Possibilities in different shapes and forms

That demanded courage and sacrifice,

That demanded selflessness

Armed with courage, equipped with knowledge,

I began a journey into the unknown,

A journey to define the future.

Embracing my destiny, I let go of my fears

And found that all the while,

It was I who held on to my fears, afraid to fail

I had been my own limitation.

So I let go, and rode the tides of life,

Learning the lessons, winning some battles,

And while learning to win the war,

Failing some classes.

I enrolled in the school of life

And found freedom in the pursuit of purpose

Knowing I could fail, but learning how not to fail.

Now a stranger to fear, I know no limitations,

I have no boundaries, and fear no incursions

In my journey to pursue purpose, and fulfill destiny.

Toyin Taiwo © 2016