As I logged into my Facebook account today, I couldn’t help but notice as I scrolled through my newsfeed all the deaths that had taken place on yesterday. Later as I dialed into my weekly Monday night motivational call, I heard the news of two platinum speakers who worked with Les Brown had also transitioned. I use to hear my grandmother say that death comes in threes and when it rains it pours. My prayers and condolences went out to those who lost their loved ones. Death is not very easy to accept for some because of the bonds we’re made and years of attachments we’ve had with our loved ones.
I couldn’t help but think as I heard of all of those who transitioned, how many of them lived on purpose. Unfortunately, we all will have to face death some day and say good bye to this life as we know and move on to our next divine appointment. How many of them lived full lives and died empty? How many of them transitioned and never lived a purposed filled life? One of the speakers on the call made a very profound statement that went through me like a bolt of lightning. I quote, “it’s okay to die in action but don’t die inactive.”
I stopped for a moment and examined my own life and asked the question, “am I actively pursuing my life purpose?” After careful examination, I realized that if I died today, I would leave the planet not actively pursuing my purpose. I’ve allowed too many distractions to divert my path. When you live a purpose driven life, God will call you to new areas and challenge your growth to elevate you into your highest being. I was reminded of the scripture reference of “Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” The word didn’t say “in the future faith is” – it’s very specific that “now faith is”.
Many times we know our life calling but are afraid to challenge ourselves to step out on faith and leave our comfort zones. The mind is a creature of habit and whenever you’re faced with learning something new, you go into “fight or flight zone”. When you’re in the fight or flight zone, it sets up fear and anxiety in the body that paralyzes you to inactivity. An acronym for the word “fear = false evidence appearing real.” Most times we only look at things with our carnal eyes and forget that we have spiritual eyes. When you “know thyself”, you accept the fact that the more you view life from the physical eye, what stands before you can be deceptive. We try to convince ourselves that we’re happy and stay stuck on jobs and relationships that do not fulfill us.
God’s guidance will always meet our provisions when we are obedient to the call. You were born for such a time as this and are here to serve for a reason and a season. Do not allow the lack of time and money be your reason for not living on purpose. Accept the fact that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift and that’s why it’s called the present.