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.