#Purposeful Living

Let’s Analyze The Thing About Plans, Purposes And Pursuits

Happy New Week blog hearts!
How was your weekend?
And how has your day been so far?
Mine has been spent in rush, from prayers to exercising to climbing the hill to writing this blog post. Talk about having a lot to do in the morning 🙂

Thank you so much for your soothing words in my last post.
The words made me let go of the guilt at my laziness/procrastination with my goals and gave me the push to start afresh again. Thank you.
As much as your words were true though, I couldn’t help but feel like most of us didn’t really get the point I was trying to pass across so it’s been ringing in my head for me to make it plain and in the process, help us all too.
So when I was on a bit of break, Mobolaji did her “The Word” post on Matthew 25:14-30 and it convicted me deeply (you read the post here)
I opened my Bible and had my own study on it, and my study is longer than what I will share here but there’s just a part of it that I want to dwell on today.
If you are familiar with the above Bible passage, it talks about the master who gave 3servants talents according to their abilities and then went on a trip.
The servant with the 5 talents and 2 talents immediately went to work but the servant with two talents buried it in the ground and didn’t work with it at all.
Right off, the first servant WENT TO WORK and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.”

 

Now the words I want us to note there is WENT TO WORK.
I don’t know if I gave off the impression that I had too much stuff on my hands/too much goals on my platter but Itunu was trying to draw a difference in her comment between goals that come from our own mindset(still waiting for that post babes)
But this is the deal…
It is different when you just pull goals/plans/purposes out of the air and decide that this is what I wanna do and it’s different when this plan is a clear course that you know God has given to you.
The only goal that is of my own resolve in the goals I shared is my weight loss goal. And that’s because I want to be fit and be at my ideal weight.
The goal to speak at secondary schools is one that is in me accompanied with a burden if I don’t do it.
The same with writing on this blog.
My goal for finances is the same with them all.
So all the purposes as listed above is actually like my master giving them to me and going on a long trip.
And He is watching and thinking “let’s see how well she will do with them. Will she go to work with them?
Will she fan them into flames?
Or will she let them die?”

 

Yes, it is okay to tune off of plans sometimes(and we have made it clear that these aren’t plans that are just pulled off the ceiling), but in everything about our plans, purposes and pursuits, we should remember Jesus.
See, I get that our rest can only come from God like Itunu said, but we must realize that there is an urgency to God’s business/God’s work.
Again, it’s different when God hasn’t given you the go-ahead to do stuff He has showed you to do, but when the path is clear, the go ahead is given, why are we still dragging our feets?
That’s the reason why I wasn’t happy with myself. I knew that my laziness wasn’t supposed to be so.
When Jesus was released into His purpose, He went all in, no holds barred.
I do not see it all yet, but I see steps that I am required to take right now.
So the master’s business should be the first business on my agenda.
Remember when my friend died and I wrote what burns within you?
I could feel the whole urgency with using our gifts for God like we are supposed to do and that’s the way it should be.

 

Are we going to work like the servants with the five and two talents?
Or are we burying the talents underground with excuses that “I can tune off whenever I want?”
That is ok but what happens when in a year you tune off more than you tune on?
Is that indeed going to work with God’s gifts and talents in you?
As much as encouraging words are great and even the Holy Spirit encourages us too, the Word is also there to get us on track.
There is an urgency to stuff that God wants us to do(if He has released us into them) and we shouldn’t make excuses that we are human and become lax with the things He has laid in our hands to do.
Even when our hearts grow weary, we should rely on God’s grace to keep us going.
By all means, rest when needed but when it’s laziness, indolence, procrastination, etc that’s keeping us out of fulfilling God’s plan for our lives, then we must indeed watch it.
If we are faithful in little, He will give us even more responsibilities, but if we don’t use what we have been given well, then even what little we have will be taken away from us (Matthew 25:29)

 

Let’s all pray for inner strength to follow every plan, purpose and pursuit that God has given to us.

 

Have a great week ahead dears,
Much Love,
Frances.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Ezar
    May 18, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Nice one, Frances. I can relate. It’s so funny how we get soooo pumped about our newest projects?
    Whether it’s a cleaner diet, blogging consistently, or getting back in shape — most of us have no trouble starting off with a bang. We’re uber committed for the first few days. Things go so well that we actually start to believe the voice in our head when it says, “OMG, this time is different. I’m actually going to make this happen. I’m going to stick with this for life!”
    Fast forward three weeks into the future. Life throws you a curve ball. You slip off track. A few more days pass and before you know it, it’s the same as it ever was. You see, no matter how enthusiastic we are at the beginning of any new project, there’s one crucial habit that makes the difference between our ultimate success and failure:- the ability to finish what we start.
    God help us.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 19, 2015 at 12:24 am

      Ezar… you just did a double analysis from the post.lol.
      But you are soooo right.
      When the steam goes down, the whole project goes down too.
      There really is nothing to getting all revved up at the beginning and letting it all filter away at the end.
      I(we) all need grace to GO TO WORK as we should…

  • Reply
    Mobolaji
    May 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    May God help us to stay on track and not get too distracted as to move from the things He has pressed on our hearts to do! It is also true that we must know the difference between the plans we give ourselves and the one God gives us. Like how I want to finish Old Testament but was doing it to the detriment of my spiritual growth in other aspects!
    Thanks Frances! Again, I am glad I came across your blog and got to know your beautiful heart!

    • Reply
      Mobolaji
      May 18, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Oh! And do you have the book ‘Plans, Purpose and Pursuit’ now? If not, let me know so I can get it, I am coming home soon…#doesthemoonwalk!#

      • Reply
        Frances Okoro
        May 18, 2015 at 11:42 pm

        Oh Bolaji, I am thankful for you too!!!

        And no oh, I didn’t see the book when I was in Lag, pretty please get it if you can- we truly must meet up when you are around-looking forward to it.

        And it’s wisdom to know the difference btw our goals and God’s purposes for us and work at it accordingly.
        Grace and more grace on us all.
        *hugs and hugs*

  • Reply
    Temitope BANKS
    May 22, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I see your point especially this line “‘By all means, rest when needed but when it’s laziness, indolence, procrastination, etc that’s keeping us out of fulfilling God’s plan for our lives, then we must indeed watch it” As Children of the most high God its important that we are prudent and forthright when it comes to handling our fathers business(Plans and goals in line with Gods will for our life’s) Our attitude needs to be serious and business like.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Definitely Temi, our attitude musnt be lax like that of the third servant.
      We must “go to work!”

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