This week I personalize my message to you in the form of a love letter and a prayer.
How have you been keeping? How have you been coping? I trust that even as you read this, that you and your family have daily provisions and are safe and well. My family and I are doing well and thankfully our ability to earn a living has not been affected by the pandemic. My heart aches for the many persons however, whose livelihood have been affected. My daughter whom I just gave an assignment to write me a love letter about how I have influenced her life and her spiritual foundation, 😊, is not enjoying the virtual classes set up by her school. She apparently feels more comfortable and learns best through in person and face to face instruction and interaction with lecturers and classmates. Nonetheless she is coping.
I sit at my computer pondering on just what I should share with you this week. Many ideas in my head but not much flowing unto the computer screen; tempted almost to skip this week’s article but my conscience and a certain person (who knows who they are) wouldn’t let me 😊 . Distress and uncertainty continue to loom their heads even as we force to comply with restrictions imposed by the government and make adjustments to our lifestyle. It almost feels like a kind of prison. Reflecting on this recently I remarked to my husband that I don’t think I would last a day in prison. Lol! Under the current circumstances maintaining a healthy emotional state and mental clarity sometimes prove challenging; but we press on. We shall overcome! If not is this life, in the life to come, we shall overcome!
Martin Luther King Jr. in one of his famous speeches said this, “We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right, “Truth crushed to earth will rise again.” We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell is right, “Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. Yet that scaffold sways the future and behind them unknown stands God within the shadows keeping watch above his own”. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope”.
Whatever challenge you may be facing today, be it as a result of this pandemic or otherwise, you shall overcome. God’s love for you and my commitment to being a source of love and encouragement to you holds firm. The greater the despair the greater the hope and the greater the battle the sweeter the victory. If your Heavenly Father did not think that you can endure the challenge He would not have brought it your way. He is doing a work within you, let Him.
My prayer for you today is not only that you would overcome, but that you would discover and walk in your purpose. That is if you haven’t already. If you have, I pray that you become more resolute in your purpose.
According to the teaching of Dr. Myles Munroe, our purpose and our potential are related. He defines potential as dormant ability. In all of us lie dormant ability. I believe that there are many things which we all can accomplish, which have not even yet come to our awareness. It took me up until my forties to realize and accept my passion and ability to be a writer; a gift I am now seeking to tap into and to harness. I firmly and strongly believe that God has a purpose and a plan for each of us and that our potential and abilities are limitless; but most of us never fully tap in to all of our God-given potential.
However, to truly understand your purpose you must stay connected to your source, who is God. He is your manufacturer, your Creator. So it stands to reason that you can only truly understand your purpose and potential by staying connected to Him.
Some ways to discover your purpose would be to:
- Read the Bible; it holds many truths and counsel. God will reveal himself to you and teach you about yourself through His Word.
- Pray; ask him to give you clear revelation and insight as to your purpose.
- Seek feedback and counsel from wise persons in your life; sometimes we discover things about ourselves through others.
- Pay keen attention to those things you are passionate about and good at doing; they are oftentimes linked to our purpose.
I end this prayer with a quote from Dr. Myles Munroe, “Nothing is more tragic than the waste, denial, abuse and suppression of human potential”. I pray that God would awaken your potential and stir up every gift that he has placed within you, and that you would use them to serve Him and others.
Blessings, love and peace be with you always.