Each and every one of us was created and redeemed for a big noble purpose. Deep down inside, we crave to become who we’re meant to be. We have trouble putting it into words and we have difficulty seeing it clearly, however, we feel it.
That’s the one big task we have to do in life, to become who we were created and redeemed to be. That’s the one big thing we must strive to do. The hard truth is we’re not that person yet. You and I are not yet who we are supposed to be. Some are farther along than others, however, the truth is we’re not there yet.
We’re made for more. One of the reasons we’re not there is too often too many of us are holding on to what’s holding us back. If we really believed that God made us in His image and likeness, if we really believed that God suffered and died for our salvation so that you and I would not be eternally separated from him, and if we really believed that God has more in store for our lives so that we can have joy in this life, then maybe we would be willing to change some things. Some parts of you and parts of me are going to have to be willingly surrendered and ruthlessly eliminated.
Is it impossible the biggest obstacle to the life that God made you for is the life you’re currently choosing? Is it impossible the biggest obstacle to the person you were created to be is the person you’re currently choosing to be? Is it impossible the things you are holding on to are the things that are holding you back?
You have a massive opportunity for growth, a massive opportunity for change, a massive opportunity for a new vision, a big noble purpose, but you can’t just add things to your life. To move forward, your new vision can’t be something you add to your plate. Ask yourself three questions:
- What are you going to Start?
- What are you going to Sustain?
- What are you going to Stop?
Unless you’re willing to stop some things, then whatever you start is just one more thing. It doesn’t actually change anything because you’re still holding on to the past. You’re still holding on to the thing that got you into your current situation in the first place. So before you can start something new and before you can decide to sustain what is good, you have to decide what you’re going to stop holding on to.
Here’s food for thought to serve as a catalyst to determine what to stop … stop anything that has at its root the inordinate preoccupation with what other people think about you. Rip that from your life, roots and all.
Here’s some additional food for thought that is counterintuitive … learn to lose. Life is about losing. Life is the process of repeated loss. To grow is to lose. One of the tasks of life is to learn how to lose well. When this task is aligned with the task of becoming whom we were created and redeemed to be, then you will your big noble purpose will be revealed.
Life is about losing. It is not about quitting. Persistence is the shameless refusal to quit. Losing well is about persistence. Shameless because you have nothing to prove nor hide when you’re focused on your big noble purpose as the prize.
Lose well when you are defeated. Lose well when you have nothing. Remember these words, “get up.” When you get up, you lose well.
Ignore the old voices that said quit, stop trying, stop crying, it doesn’t matter, you don’t matter. Listen to the new voices that say “get up” because life is about losing, not about quitting. You have permission to lose. You do not have permission to quit. When you have nothing left to prove, lose, or hide, that’s when God speaks into that void and speaks into your heart to “take courage and get up.”
That is the way to your big noble purpose.