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At the School of Ministry, I always tell people that we are always warned not to waste our time, but we are taught to waste our lives. That’s because we’re an accomplishment-driven culture. We feel bad if we are not doing and achieving something, but in our effort to do, we often waste years doing the wrong things because we never take time to consider what we truly should be doing.
For me, I was told that once I graduated High School that I needed to go to college, then came time to get a job. I was told that I should look for well paying jobs with benefits, that was the “wise” choice. However, those jobs began to suck my will to live. I became miserable. I, then, went job-hopping for the next 15 years hoping I would find something that I was made to do.
Eventually, I stumbled into the School of Ministry. Now, I finally feel like I am doing what I was created to do — changing lives and launching people into their future. I can tell you that I have never felt more rewarded or more alive in all the other professions I tried. Sadly, my story is not unique. In our rush not to waste time, so many of us waste years of our lives doing things we were not created to do.
In Jeremiah 1, God called Jeremiah into his purpose and said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I ordained you to be a prophet to the nations.” In this verse, we see that God sets us apart for a special purpose before we are even conceived and he hand crafts us to be able to fulfill that purpose. Everything about you is designed to fulfill your purpose: your personality, your quirks, how you think, your unique perspective, your strengths, your gifts, and even the things you think are liabilities. All of who you are is needed to fulfill your God-sized purpose.
The challenge is a lot of us don’t know what our purpose is, so we spend a lot of time and headaches trying to figure it out through the trial and error method. Our lives are littered with
disappointment and failures. We walk into opportunities with high expectations, but eventually realize it’s not what we were actually looking for. We find ourselves jumping into another opportunity, disappointment ensues, and the cycle continues, hoping we will eventually stumble into your purpose.
The good news is that there is a better way! Because God has designed you to fulfill your purpose, if you look at how you were designed you can get clarity on what your purpose is. One of the aspects of your design is the role within the body of Christ you were created to fulfill. If you don’t know what your role is it will be challenging to fulfill your purpose, like forcing a square peg into a round hole.
If you are interested in finding out what role you were created for, IMPACT195 School of Ministry has created a FREE assessment that you can take. Just click on the link below to take the first step into your purpose.