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A Life of Purpose

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When you live your life based on sentiments, trying not to hurt everyone’s feelings or doing things just because it feels good to do it, you’ll get nowhere twice as fast. Do not live by tradition either. If you do the same things the same way you have always done them, you will continue to get the same results. Do not live by tradition, it is an enemy of progress. Live by purpose.

Ask yourself, “How can I do it better this year than I did last year?” Success brooks no argument. It announces itself. Every morning before you set about the day’s work, ask God for directions. He is a God of plan and productivity. He set to work for 6days and the whole of the universe came into existence. Our Lord ministered for three and a half years and the whole world changed. That is effectiveness. “Efficiency” means to do things well; “effectiveness” means to get results. Strive not only to be efficient, go for effectiveness. When you get results people will bow to you.

People who are going nowhere keep waiting for the right time, or a better day. People who are going somewhere know that today is a better day.

“Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly. Nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat if the scornful….And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers if water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither: and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.” Ps 1:1, 3&4.

Live a life of purpose. Behind everything God says or does is a grand purpose. God lives per day. He doesn’t count by years, months or weeks but days.

The psalmist said concerning God: “So teach us to number our days that we might apply our hearts to wisdom.” Ps 90:12

Take charge of the day and the weeks, months and years would take care of themselves. It is a vexation of the spirit to come to church five to seven times a week, pray like crazy with nothing to show for it by way of results. Live productively. Everything it takes for any man to excel in any field is embedded in the bible. You can’t have such a fountain of wisdom and live like a fool.

We tend to view each day as beginning in the morning and ending at night, but God takes a different position. Six times in the first chapter of the book of Genesis (Gen 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23 & 31) the scriptures end with: “And the evening, and the morning, the … day”. There is so much to be said for this. “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children”. Eph 5:1.

Every new day was birthed the previous night. Here’s a tip: Before you go to bed each night, review the activity of the day and put on paper the five most important things you would like to achieve the next day. The next day don’t deviate from these goals, but pursue those five things. It does not matter if all were not eventually accomplished, but the next day put high on your list the unfinished tasks and go ahead to achieve them. If you do this doggedly brethren, very soon this generation will celebrate you.

By all means pray but after you have prayed, live productively. Don’t wait for manna to fall from heaven; the manna is in your hands. You’re just an idea away from breakthrough.

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