I awoke from a vivid, full color and clear dream this morning. I was speaking with a group of men at a round table sharing with them how to work together. I began by stating the need to understand that the person in front of them was created in the image of God. In order to achieve success, they must also understand the importance of purpose. Purpose, I told them would help them to identify the accountant, the builder, the architect, or whatever the role that person was designed to fulfill. I shared about Adam in the book of Genesis and his purpose. Rather passionately, I stated God allows us to participate in His creative process. I stressed the importance of recognizing one’s God-given purpose so that the creative process could occur. There was agreement around the table as I continued my message. The smiles on their faces let me know they understood what I was telling them. Somehow it felt the roundtable location was important as well. In any case, I didn’t want to wake up because I instinctively knew that once awake I might allow other tasks to get move up on the cue and my purpose dream would be lost. So I immediately began to write this blog. It was clear this was an instructive dream which had to be shared. Because this is not just for me, there is someone out there who is struggling with their purpose. Now, back to the dream.
I shared with my roundtable group that, “God created us to worship Him and for a specific purpose”. I related when God created Adam He gave him dominion over the earth, and instructed Adam to multiply and subdue it. As the process continued, God brought animals to Adam to see what he would named them, and whatever he called them, that was its name. Adam’s assignments allowed Him to be a partner with God. Well, God named us…we are children of God. We are sons and daughters of the Most High. We are His instruments and servants on the earth. As His children we carry within us the creative seed, the DNA of our Creator. As the scripture say [paraphrased], do you not know you are a temple of the living God? What an awesome privilege?
We have the seed of God within us, and as such we were designed to create with God. Inside each of us is the ability to build, to plant, to nurture and grow. We were to designed to re-established life and to bring God’s light to the world. To bring into existence those things that showcase the Creator God, His works and our purpose. In order to do successfully, we must understand our relationship to one another, and to God. If we name or create a thing that is what it becomes. And there is evidence of this taking place daily. New phases, activities, roles, and discoveries are talked about and shared around the world.
Back to my dream. I told the group of men that when working together it is important to realize who we’re working with. We must see the person in front of us as the image of God with direct deposits from our Creator. This individual has been entrusted to fulfill a specific purpose going back to the Creator’s original design. I instructed them to ask each person they are working with to identify their purpose, and what they really enjoy doing. If the person says, I enjoy working with numbers then you probably have an accountant. If the person answers, my passion is teaching, then don’t let them be an accountant if they are a teacher. But whatever the function, once it is named or identified that person must be allowed to do that task. Otherwise, you create chaos instead of order. Order arises when there is clarity of purpose. This will prevent confusion, mistrust, uncertainty and wasted effort. Plus, you won’t spend time building a Tower of Babel, because there is understanding, and recognition of one’s purpose. The men around the table smiled and nodded in agreement. Then I woke up.
It was a powerful dream. And as I am writing this I am also recalling conversations and interactions I had this past week, especially with close relatives and friends. Our pastor preached a Mother’s Day message with the subtitle of Just Do It. All this information I received was confirmation about the importance of understanding what is your purpose. Many of us are sitting around a table waiting for someone to tell us what is our purpose. And the only way we can truly be fulfilled is to know our purpose and to Just Do it. Apparently, location is also important. This message can’t be confined to just one area. It must be broadly shared. Real Estate agents tell us all the time location is crucial. Well my friends keep this mind as you move about. Expand and share this purpose message beyond just close friends and relatives. There is a whole world out there waiting for you to share and show them how to Just Do It. And let them know to go directly to the source-Our Creator for guidance, directions, and to obtain the critical answer to the question of what is our purpose. Who better than God? Only He knows why He created us.
As you begin to live out your purpose, always remember those you meet everyday are sitting around a table waiting. Share with them how truly unique and awesome they are. Let them know they carry the image of God within them. In my dream, I told my roundtable group to say the words out loud (There before me is the image of God). As I did, I was reminded of the power of the spoken word. Practice saying the same phrase, so you will be ready when the time comes, speak a word into the life of some wandering soul. This powerful affirmation counteracts the snares and traps of the enemy. It brings God’s transformative power into the atmosphere, identifies purpose and cements our relationship with God the Father. It brings order out of chaos.
Take this message and share it. Have faith that when you acknowledge others, believe the purpose seed has been planted, and their purpose journey has begun. For once purpose is realized the door will open guiding them back to our blessed Creator.
While doing some spring cleaning, I came across this brief statement written (adapted) by my husband in 2003.
By the time I leave God’s great Earth, I hope the world would know that I truly existed. I may be invisible throughout my lifetime, to many. I may presently shout out loudly, but with the softest of sounds. My large shoe size may make only the smallest of footprints. My actions may often times continue unnoticed, but my contributions and impact are discovered, however small.
I have noticed throughout life that abundant and visible doesn’t necessarily equal fame and fortunate. I have learned that a list, regardless of how tiny, can become a devastating feat. I now understand; no matter how many attempts are made, I cannot please everyone. I ‘ve come to know a great number of people well, only to find strangers amongst my closet friends.
No, I didn’t come close to inventing rocket science. I didn’t make strides in the discovery of blood plasma. I cannot say truthfully if I possess the wherewithal to create something as simple as a stop sign or a flashing yellow caution light. Nor do I have the capacity to conduct great symphonies or preach dynamic sermons like the great masters before.
What can I possibly leave behind for all to bear witness to?
I can leave a legacy of strong will and good character. I can leave my mark of kindness and humility on humanity of my time here on Earth. I can generously leave my true spirit of joy and inner peace. I can share my hopes, dreams, challenges, failures and success; and above all, I can share my faith and love for God. My Purpose.
I wanted to share this message, because right now my beloved husband is spending his day off mentoring a young man in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. He is doing what he does best “On Purpose.”