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The life and history of Abraham, a man who is faithful and obedient to God, demonstrates how to live a purposed filled life with paths that are totally directed by the Messiah. After that, I sensitize this hypothesis that life is void until the will and purpose for being is fulfilled by acknowledging God and allowing him to direct life’s path.
In earlier times, Abram and Sarai were without any children. The couple was in their late eighty’s and all hope of Sarai baring a child was gone. Sarai’s lack of faith and desperate desire to have a child resulted in her giving their slave-girl Hagar, unto her husband to bare a child, whom was named, Ishmael. Ten years after the birth of Ishmael, the LORD appeared to Abram with a plan and purpose that was far greater and more miraculous than ever expected. The LORD made a covenant with Abram that would change his life forever. When God steps into your life, he becomes your potter. He shapes and molds you into the vessel that he needs you to be in order to fulfill his WILL. Abram was shaped by the changing of his identity. God gave Abram instructions to change his name to Abraham and for Sarai’s to change her name to Sarah. God chose Abraham to ancestor a multitude of nations. This everlasting covenant with Abraham covered his offspring, and their generations. In addition, Abraham and his generations would populate the land of Canaan. God also told Abraham he would bless Ishmael with a great nation. Abraham was told to circumcise every male at eight days old. He was to circumcise Ishmael and any males bought with his money from any foreigners who were not his offspring. The circumcision would signify the covenant between Abraham and God. Abraham did not hesitate carrying out God’s orders. To receive the blessings God have for us, we must be obedient and we must carry out his orders exactly as instructed. When God has a plan and gives us an order, we must act on it immediately. Blessings may not always come when expected. God has set aside a season or time for which our plan will be implemented. For example, the LORD told Abraham that Sarah would bare and nurse her first son at the age of ninety, and whose name will be Isaac, a year from the time of their conversation.
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A purpose filled life begins with first stepping out on faith and pursuing goals. If you, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3). As the long journey begins, God places people and situations in your life that help to direct your paths. The LORD reminds us in Proverbs 4:11, “I will guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths,’ says the LORD. Similar to the testimony of Abraham, finding a purpose in life comes early for some people and later for others. For example, it was not until lately that I discovered the purpose God planned for me. I’ve always had a desire and the ability to obtain a degree, but I had no vision. Without vision, it was difficult for me to find an area of study that would match my natural talent and one that would interest me. It was not until I turned to a higher source that I realized my purpose in life was to help others. My soul was refreshed by Jeremiah 29:11, the LORD declares, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). As I began to fulfill the purpose God set for me, I began to step out on faith and began to pursue my goals. Like Hager and Ishmael, as the long journey began, God placed people and situations in my life to help direct my path. Knowing my responsibility as a single-parent of adopted children and a full-time employee, I had concerns about being overwhelmed. Again, I was comforted by Psalm 32:8. The LORD says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”
Therefore, knowing my circumstances, God’s path directed me to Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama where I am currently pursuing a degree in Human Resources. And, because my path is lead by God, my children still have all the quality time and attention needed from me and I continue to score superior ratings on my evaluations.
Achieving this degree will mean that I have accomplished one-fourth of my fulfilled purpose in life, one-fourth would open the door to career opportunities, one-fourth would mean that I have raised above the calamities and stereotypes placed on single-black fathers, and one-fourth would deliver me from financial bondage. Combining each of these achievements would equate to one hundred percent of my personal achievement.
Being a full-time employee, and student is very challenging. However, the inner strength received through prayer keeps me striving to reach my educational goal. Having a strong desire and positive attitude allows me to use my energy to stay focused on goals and not on existing challenges. My strongest personality trait would be my strong belief in work ethic values which contribute to my determination. I believe in working hard to earn everything I receive, as well as striving to do my best. My second strongest personality trait is my people skills. I enjoy the diversity in everyone. It is fascinating to interact with others while at the same time learning and understanding their culture.
In conclusion, purpose is the theme life, your reason for being, for this is the reason you were selected by God. Consistently living your life on purpose brings deep joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment. Just as God chose Abraham, he has selected everyone here on earth for a reason and each person has a purpose that must be fulfilled. Knowing your life’s purpose provides a sense of direction and perspective in all dimensions of your life, including career, relationships, family, friends, finances, fun, spirituality, home, personal development and more. Thus, understanding your purpose and living it consistently creates harmony and rhythm in your life, which adds meaningfulness and ensures more consistent success. Once your life is in perspective, you can then focus all your energy on what you want in your life: success, prosperity, health, fun, friends, and much more. Just as Abraham, I know that with trust, faith, and obedience to his WORD, I will achieve my educational and career goals. Words can only express the fulfillment this will bring once I earn my college degree. Receiving my bachelor’s degree will help me achieve my educational goal and bring personal gratification. But most importantly, establishing a relationship with God and living a life that is satisfying and pleasing to him will be my greatest achievement.