Recently during a meeting a gentleman asked where I saw myself three years from now. I sat back in the rocky office chair, interlocked my fingers and placed them in my lap and I looked at him directly in the eyes. I began to speak and for the first time this question was posed to me and I felt uneasy. Even though I gave an answer I realized I was unsure. I mean, I haven’t been so uncertain about my future in 13 years. Even upon graduating high school I knew that I would spend eight years in the Marine Corps, spend a few years on a local police force then the last 15 or so years working as a private investigator. I dreamed of being a crime fighter without the cape. Instead life took a turn and I adjusted. God placed a calling on my life, while I was making big mistakes with the one He had given me. I found a wife and we have created a family with three beautiful kids. I worked eight years in manufacturing and the last five years in collections and now here I am. Life took a few turns and through it all I have found myself wondering who it is I am. Yes I do know the significance of life and I firmly believe that just as sure I am here I have purpose but there is a need to zone in on the details of that purpose or otherwise feel very lost. There are questions that we must ask ourselves in search of who it is we are. Such as what are my gifts, my interests, and what makes my heart sing? What feels right to me Is a good question because what feels wrong normally is in fact wrong.
A few things to think on when it comes to discovering your purpose:
- What are your aspirations? If there was one thing in your life, in your community or in the world that you can change, do you know what that one thing would be. Have you given thoughts about your strongest desires. Dreams aren’t just some made up wants. They are implanted in us as the roots of our destiny and our desire to reach them grows more and more. It is important to be attentive to your positive desires because most of the time they are in you because the world needs them to manifest through you.
- Where is your Motivation? Many times we have become so comfortable with life we lose our aspiration and our desire to move out of the comfort zone onto the path called destiny. Many obstacles come our way such as dealing with uncertainty of life, unexpected death, sickness, layoffs, demanding jobs and even greater demanding kids. You must make it priority to pump your mind and soul full of inspiration and positivity. Rid your life of negative talk and doubt and focus on the fact that you are made for something great. A positive mindset will reveal who you truly are because where the mind goes your life will go.
- Will I reach my destiny? You certainly can and I certainly believe you will! But the choice is all yours. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! You were made, wired, created, designed and equipped with every single piece of equipment you need to fulfill your very significant purpose in this world. You’ve got to ask yourself, what is it that makes me tick. I get a cringing feeling in my gut seeing homeless people and I believe Its because I need to make a difference in that area. So the question is this. What does it for you? You can reach your destiny, fulfill your purpose and impact this world. Only make the decision to believe in yourself, to chase after knowledge and be diligent in your works then you will find who it is you really are. This decision is the beginning of the authorship of your legacy.
Believe in You
Elder A.T. Carmon