Beloved reader, welcome back to our series on Wealth. Last month, we addressed the question, Money is the root of all evil, true/false? We learnt Money is not to be worshipped because it’s not God neither is it to be loathed because it’s not the devil rather money is a tool to always cherish because it’s a necessity. Now let’s switch to this month’s topic.
Everything in life is for a purpose; there is nothing useless or aimless. The mere fact that you don’t know the reason for the existence of a thing doesn’t mean it has no purpose. You carry an influence and so is everything surrounding you. During the latter part of last year, I was with a parent and her child. The child, about 5 years of age, asked, “Mummy, why did God create mosquito?” At that very moment, the mother was quiet for some seconds and later responded, “God created mosquito because He wants us to keep our environment clean as well as to discourage us from keeping stagnant or still water.” “Nice”, I said to myself, “That’s a smart mother”. So if mosquito, a very tiny creature that sucks blood, is created for a purpose, how much you and me?
Now let’s look at the word, “Purpose” with a microscopic eye. When you hear the word, “Pose”, I guess two main things come to mind. The obvious is to take a particular position or attitude, usually for a photograph. The second is to ask a question, which of course demands an answer. Let’s also look at this, “Pur”. Like other prefix such as “Pro”, “Pur” is often used to signify the following; before, forth and forward. Putting the prefix, “Pur” to the word, “Pose”, it implies that there’s always a posed question that awaits an answer or solution. And in order to give the right answer, you surely need to take a position or an attitude. Therefore, the existence of anything means that there’s a problem to be solved.
To a very large extent, I believe we’re all the same, whether black, white, yellow, brown or red. What basically separates us is not our skin colour rather our purpose. I have always believed that when you discover yourself (purpose, gifts and potentials), yourself will in-turn uncover you. The good Book say it in this way, “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.”[i]Hence, your purpose in life is to discover and live your purpose. This is because, hidden in your purpose are these three most valuable elements, “Peace, Prosperity and Power.”
I strongly believe that there’s “gold” in everyone. Our assignment is to mine and refine the gold within us. Your worth and wealth are always attached to your purpose. God is very strategic and loving to the extent that He placed the seed of everything in itself[ii]. Which means that your purpose (seed of greatness) is not far away from you but trapped within you.
Within your purpose are gifts and talents that are needed by a lot of people. As matter of fact, even people who don’t like you may be compelled to come to you because of your gifts. Your gifts are the gateway to your greatness. A research published in the Journal of Research in Personality, reveals that people who find and live their purpose are able to accumulate much wealth (money and other properties) than those who don’t have a clear sense of purpose (Hill, Nicholas, Daniel, and Anthony, 2016). They further found out that having a sense of purpose help to improve an individual’s health and well-being.[iii]Of a truth, when you find and live your purpose, aside the wealth that comes along with it, it also gives you satisfaction and makes your life fulfilling.
The more you live your purpose over time, the easier your ability to attract the things you need in life. Maya Angelou once said that, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”[iv]One of the things that made King Solomon, one of the wealthiest people in the world’s history, stand-out, is his gift of wisdom. This is a general principle that applies to all; what makes you unique are your gifts, which are connected, to your purpose. People all over the globe came to King Solomon because of what he had (gift) and not because of who he was. “From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom” [v]Let me repeat myself: Your worth and wealth are always attached to your purpose.
The alliance between your purpose and wealth is similar to the Siamese twins who love to talk together, walk together and do everything together. In economics, they are like the complementary goods, which need each other to function well. And so, seek to know and live your purpose because within it is your gateway to abundance.
Thanks for staying tune with us once again on our Wealth series. Next month, God willing, we shall continue. Be reminded that there are different kinds of inspiration for you every Thursday. Keep your purpose alive. Bye….
God loves you and always want the best for you.
[iii]Patrick L. Hilla, Nicholas A. Turiano, Daniel K. Mroczek, Anthony L. Burrowd, 2016. The value of a purposeful life: Sense of purpose predicts greater income and net worthAuthor links open overlay panel. Journal of Research in Personality. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2016.07.003