Hello lovely people!
How’s your week been going so far?
It’s been great with me and on the blog yes? 🙂
But you’d agree with me that it’s about time we take a little break from Youths Speak so that I can give you all some updates on my personal project matters right?
It’s been amazing to see the dreams of Odunayo and Gloria (see interviews here and here if you haven’t) but I think I should share a lesson I learnt recently with us all today.
Remember this post that started the journey for my speaking at girl’s secondary schools?
I don’t mean to sound all spiritual, but I did have a dream that confirmed to me that this path is the right one.
Not just that, I had the burden that came with feeling a purpose in your heart so passionately.
I tell you all the truth, if I don’t speak to the girls at the secondary schools this year, I will certainly feel like I wasted my year.. yes, the burden is that much on me (It’s almost like my writing on this blog)
That’s how I feel about it but that’s certainly not what others feel about it.
I finally submitted my letter for approval yesterday and my LGI said the same thing my ZI said.
He said that the project isn’t really enough, it’s not substantial.
It’s not something that they will even send over to Abuja-not a project that will give me a job appointment, et al.
It was a great advice and was given from a place of good will but it had me thinking about my motive.
You know, this year is my year of walking in purpose and as much as possible I hope to carry others along with me.
My basic aim is to fulfill what God has placed in my heart to do.
Now, is this to say that I will reject other benefits He places in my path?
But when I esteem the benefits above what He has placed in my heart, there will be a problem.
Walk with me for a minute youths…
You have a dream in your heart that you want to fulfil.
For you it is everything.
You know that it burns within you but you are being pulled with what the world thinks you should be doing/benefits that you should be getting from it.
We have got to be careful here.
The motive in our hearts for doing whatever we do matters a lot to God.
For example, God may have ordained you as a pastor or whatever but why did you start out on that ministry?
Was it because of the offerings that will come to you or because you want to do the good works that God has ordained for you before time began?
I knew that I was going to speak about purpose to girls at secondary schools even before the year began.
It was a burden in my heart since last year.
So whether I served or not, I would still have done it this year.
And whether I get any recommendation/applause for it or not, I would still have done it this year.
I won’t be able to rest easily if I don’t do it.
Am I saying that getting a recommendation or something from NYSC won’t be cool?
I’m saying that I have to look deep down into the kind of motive I have for why I want to do what I want to do else I would be swayed by whatever wind that blows.
I told a friend that I would source for funds and do a bigger project and if I don’t see any funds I would rest…
But as I write this now, I am thinking, that’s not something I had in mind before now.
And the truth is, if I start going all out to source for funds for a bigger project, my motive won’t be right.
It won’t be because I want to impact lives positively, it would be because I want to get appointment or something after NYSC.
So I have to ask myself… “Frances, is that your purpose for this one year?
Who placed that in your heart? God or who?”
So as much as all the benefits and all will be cool, the right motive is even more important.
Truth be told, if I am able to hold the seminars at the Secondary schools successfully, I will count this year as a year that I indeed started walking in what God has created me to do.
I know I haven’t really written about purpose on this blog and a lot of the persons reading this might be wondering “why is she bringing in God in purpose in life?”
Well, we have to understand that our maker created us with a purpose on earth.
We didn’t create ourselves and we are on earth for more than that white collar job we work at right now.
We are here to fill a niche, manifest our lights and impact lives positively for God.
I will write on that later, on how a youth can find their purpose on earth because it is very important.
It is the only thing that can bring you fulfillment.
When you know that you are fulfilling the reason for which you were born, no amount of money can beat that.
For today, I just want us to go with this…
As much as you may want to walk in purpose, be mindful about your motives.
Don’t be tricked by seemingly good opportunities.
Always ask yourself – “Is that what God has called me to do?
Is this going to glorify God or myself?
Am I doing it for selfish reasons or not?”
Check your motives and place the first things first.
God first, man will follow.
MobolajiFebruary 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm
God first, man will follow. I constantly check in my heart the reason I’m doing stuff. Is it for man, myself or God?
I’ve found much fulfillment in doing stuff that others don’t even see and seem little, because then I feel God smiling.
Also, remember not to despise your days of little beginn
Frances OkoroFebruary 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm
This passage “despise not the days of little beginning” has been a re occurring word in my heart and it’s so true.
I held the first event at the schools today and I kept saying in my mind” was this what they said is small?”
The impact God made was awesome.
A friend that went with me couldn’t stop talking about it.
So far as its all for God and not for men, all falls in place.
Checking our motive for whatever we do is really important..
Highly FavoredFebruary 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm
Amen Sis. Follw your passion and your purpose will be revealed. Passion+Purpose=Gifts. Once you are operating within God’s will you will not lack anything.
Proverbs 18:16 “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
Frances OkoroFebruary 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm
Thank you highly favoured for bringing that passage to mind.
I’ve found it to be true in more ways than one…so far as the gifts are being used for the purpose God has for us, He just provides…
He just provides..
He just provides.
And at the centre of God’s perfect will…that’s where I wanna be, always
ToinFebruary 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm
Hmn nice post an i can relate. Putting God first is really important
Frances OkoroFebruary 26, 2015 at 5:13 pm
Putting God first is first…
It’s mighty important..
The basis of everything…
Thanks for stopping by Toin
Vincent GloriaFebruary 26, 2015 at 6:29 pm
Great piece Frances. I remembered a book written by Keneth E. Hagin…Plans Purpose and pursuit. One thing that struck me is that God’s plan is made known to us, but God intended purpose for making such plans known to us is often compromised for our selfish purpose. Therefore, at all times, we should align our purpose with God’s purpose in order not to make God domant in His plans for us.
Frances OkoroFebruary 27, 2015 at 4:21 am
Wow! Thank you Vincent for sharing that, I should get the book…
And Kenneth Hagin is so right…
God shows us the plans but sometimes, we may run ahead of Him and get things all messed up(God forbid) because of our own selfish motives.
The plans and purposes of God should also be aligned in our hearts so whatever we do, we know that it is God-approved.
God help us all.
And thank you for sharing this…would love to get that book.
GabbyFebruary 26, 2015 at 10:31 pm
We really need to do a little soul searching when it comes to fulfilling our purpose. Most times we feel that our purpose in life is attached to fame and a few extra bucks, but its not. It’s about doing that which God has created you to do, whether you are clapped for or not..
Nice one Frances..
Frances OkoroFebruary 27, 2015 at 4:31 am
I understand that the need for money makes many fall away from what God has planned for them (that will not be us)
And most times, it happens because we refuse to place first things first,
God will provide for us certainly, but He doesn’t want that to come first.
He wants the first thing to be our obeying Him, pleasing Him and giving Him glory by the lives impacted for Him.
When we place the emphasis on money and “human applause” all things turn upside down.
We aren’t working for human applause, if God is good, we should be good.
Human applause and evaluation isn’t necessary In the “grand scheme of things”…
ChukwumaFebruary 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm
Always on point Frances. As i watch people do things, i get to realise that actually two persons can embark on ‘a’ project. But the difference comes visible that one will be like ‘dying’ on it with passion and all he’s got but the other one goes with ‘i will show them, i’ve got the brains to do this and they are gonna salute me’. For one to take on a project and deliver it successfully, there must be due consultation with God and when this happens, your ego is nailed and humility nurtured in you and you know that you are not doing it for man but for God to the service of man.
I always have this at the back of my mind most times i accomplish a task, ‘is God happy i did this and this way?’
Have the right motive for your actions and you will be smiling deeply at the end of the day.
Frances OkoroFebruary 27, 2015 at 4:36 am
Oh thank you for this Chukwuma…
When a “project” comes out of a heart wanting to obey God, humility is built in that person, not fame or pride!
Humility is built in us…..
Cuz we know that none of the “project” would have been possible without God’s hands in it and God’s grace…and it’s all to His glory, not ours…
Not ours at all..
Chinomnso PreciousFebruary 27, 2015 at 8:08 am
Frances, I pray that The Lord will continue to release unction to function in His will for your life, and that divine destiny helpers that will assist in bringing the vision to pass, will locate you, in Jesus name. Amen!
I also pray that you will always find encouragement in The Lord.
Waking up every day and knowing that you’re doing what The Lord has purposed you to do at the set time, is bliss.
God bless you, Frances. You’re such an inspiration, I bless God for your life. You shall be watered, too! Amen. Xx
Frances OkoroFebruary 27, 2015 at 11:09 am
Thank you so much Precious!
I don’t take this lightly, prayers are the best gifts we can give to anyone.
Amen and amen!!!
Oh, I love you all my blog family…
God bless you Precious, God bless you!
Adaeze Diana ObiakoMarch 1, 2015 at 3:43 am
Ahhhh!!!! I love that you wrote about this! I am constantly thinking about this and doing an ego check on myself when I feel demotivated about continuing in the way God has called me to – which tends to happen when I don’t feel folks appreciate my efforts or my bank account doesn’t look “pretty” enough lol
But I always come back to the same question, “Adaeze, is your desire to please God or man/money?” I don’t want to live my life chasing people’s applause or becoming a slave to money. I remind myself that if I am following God’s purpose for me, then I am pleasing God (which is all that really matters), serving people in this world the way He wants me to, and He will provide for me, as He deems fit in His timing (the biggest challenge is enduring through what looks like drought season! lol)
Frances OkoroMarch 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm
*enduring through what looks like a dry season…*
The more I look at how God has structured us to live our purposes in Him, the more it becomes apparent that God soooo works on us and builds us up in Him as we set about doing what He has called us to do.
It is only in God that we can endure through the drought.
You see, even if we are tempted to depend on the applause from men, their applause and encouragement is only seasonal at best.
It won’t get us through the tough times…lean purses and accounts..
Only through relying on God’s strength do we find strength to follow through what God has purposed for us to do.
And amen and amen Ada, may we not become slaves to money or people pleasers..
God will always be the ultimate for us..ALWAYS.
Thank you, I always love your comments, they set my mind on a roll..reflections and question and answer time.lol
kelvinMarch 5, 2015 at 12:48 am
Nice post sis .. Gained a lot
Frances OkoroMarch 5, 2015 at 2:55 am
First time commenter, welcome! 🙂
And I am glad you gained lot…hope to see more and more of you… 🙂