When I first read Jamie Alexanders’ quote that “You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion“, it struck home so hard. Many are the times we have allowed the opinions of others to be louder than our own belief systems, and the faith within our deepest being that we can do anything we set out to do. The Bible in Philippians 4:13 is a good reminder for me that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. There’s no greater statement when it comes to living your purpose than that.
The last few months have been tough for many people, jobs have been lost, businesses have been shut down, loved ones have died and been buried in places we are not able to attend due to lockdown laws in our towns and cities, weddings have been postponed or conducted without the presence of loved ones, many have been locked down in cities and towns so far away from their loved ones and so many other things that have affected what we called “our normal”, in ways we may not and we will never be able to understand or comprehend. I remember watching some clip about the effects of Covid 19 in Ecuador and that was the breaking point for me, that I could not in my own strength take on what was happening in the world. I have stayed away from watching or listening to news but somehow, being in an environment with other adults, means somehow, I get to hear the news and since 3rd parties may not always give the true story, I get to check a sneak preview online just to stay informed. So, in some ways, I am aware of what is happening around me but not in any way letting it get in the way of the one who is fully in-charge to lock and unlock the world as He deems fit (God, the creator).
If you are reading this, you are privileged in many ways. First, you are alive (irrespective of whether you are healthy or sick), you have the gift of sight (you can see) and you have internet (and that means, you have the whole world and knowledge on your finger tips) just to mention a few. With just the realisation of those three items, what stops you from getting to your dreams?, fulfilling your purpose? and becoming the best version of yourself during this period?. Look around you, there are people who are in more dire situations than yourself. Are you grateful for the little or the much that you have?
A week ago, I brought together a group of 9 amazing young people in their twenties and thirties and every weekday, we religiously meet for an hour to define our goals and plans for the day. All these young people have different visions but one thing stands out, the courage, the vision and the passion to fulfil their purposes in different ways. I have seen one get their first client in a business she has started out of a passion she had and I am confident that in a few months, she may re-think her career all over again and use this passion she has held for so long to move her to the next level.
Are there naysayers along our journeys as we chase our dreams and especially during this season of the Covid 19 pandemic?..YES!. News, loved ones and analysts will share all the reasons why businesses will fail, your continent or country will experience the highest death rates, the next few years will be tough, children are eating too much as many schools across the world are closed, long distance relationships won’t work, your fiance or fiancee will change their mind once the wedding is postponed…I mean all sorts of opinions will cross your path, but one thing remains, You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion, and that purpose will come to fruition if you close your ears to all the opinions that derail or discourage you.What is that purpose?, what is stopping you from achieving it or chasing it now?
This has been a great time for me, it may be the best and longest time I have spent with my growing children who will soon leave my house as they are growing up so fast, we have taken walks, I have watched my 10 year old learn how to and make amazing pancakes, I have taken naps with my 7 year old daughter, I have gone back to writing and in a short time, grown my following in my facebook page and started writing a blogpost once a week. I have re-started coaching with my first batch of 9 amazing learners. What is stopping you from silencing all the naysayers and opinions around you? Share your reason in the comment section below and let it be a reason enough to push you to get out of your comfort zone, re-write your vision board and go out and live out the purpose you were created for.
If you need guidance and support to sail through this season with courage and come out stronger and better, talk to me!..if I can’t help, I will connect you to someone who can and above all, we will stand in faith and prayer together as we trust the God who is in-charge.