Every person has the desire to find the reason that they were placed on this earth. Often they try to figure it out themselves by trying different careers, experimenting with various careers, majors in college and multiple relationships in their search for happiness, contentment and success.While we are searching we are unaware that we only need be still. The Lord created each and every oneof us for a certain purpose. Despite the fact that we are impatient He is patient. He knows what we are going to do and He has given each of us free will because He knows that we need to experience certain things (good and even devastating) in order to lead us to the purpose for which we were created.
All of our successes, failures, experiences, “chance” meetings, relationships, disappointments and tragedies are designed to make us into the person that the Lord created us to be. We only need listen to Him, pray and continue the path that He has set before us because we were each created and made for the purpose that the Lord has chosen specifically for us.
The Lord also gave each of us the desire to know our purpose. So we stumble along trying to figure it out when He has already given us a detailed map. Our journey is that map of interconnected experiences that we rarely pay attention to as we go through our lives. I discovered this when I found myself unemployed and I reflected on my life. This is when the Lord gave me the title of the book and I began to write, not knowing where He was taking me, but knowing that He wanted to reveal something to me through the book.
What I learned is that our lives are masterfully designed by the Lord to lead us toward the reason that He created each and every one of us. There is no one like you. So when you allow yourself to feel that you have no direction, value or importance check yourself. God does not mistakes, and you are of great value to Him and those whose lives you will affect. Look back at the chance meetings, people in your life, the difficult times and the incredible “coincidences”, and you will see that you are not only important, but you will find that these were not coincidences at all. You are an important part of God’s master plan.
The Path Toward Your God Given Purpose
I joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in May, 1977 at Northwestern University,and have been an active member for many years. It has been the perfect vehicle for me to give back to the community. There are various programs to choose from, and there is something for everyone. Over the years I have worked alongside and met some incredible women. That is how I met Toni.
One summer Toni decided to get a fairly large group of sorority sisters together to fellowship. We met at a popular Mexican restaurant in Pasadena where she had reserved the patio. I knew most of the “sorors”, but there were many that I did not know. So when it was time to sit down for lunch I naturally gravitated toward the women that I knew. As we headed toward the table Toni informed us that there was assigned seating. That was curious to me. If the objective was to put people together so that they could meet new sorors, how did Toni know who people knew or did not know?
Anyway, I ended up sitting with a soror that I did not know, and I liked her from the very start. Her name was Licia. As we chatted and got to know each other I learned that she lived in San Diego. I was surprised that she had made the two hour drive for the event. I learned a lot about Licia that day. We talked about her son, her education, and the sorority, but it wasn’t until she told me what she did for a living that I understood why we had assigned seating.
Our host could not have known it, and Licia did not know it, but this was a divine appointment. Out of all of the sorors at the luncheon I was seated next to Licia, who was in the military. Neither she or my host knew anything about my nonprofit,”My Own Two Feet,Inc.”, which was established to provide transitional housing and programs for homeless female veterans, but the Lord brought me to the luncheon and had Toni seat me next to Licia out of all of the women in attendance.
Do you honestly believe that this was a coincidence? I believe that this was a divine appointment that was orchestrated by the Lord. It was further confirmation that my partner and I were on the correct path to our purpose. Subsequently, Sharon and I began to write down the many “coincidences”, and we filled up countless pages with similar types of occurences. I am convinced that there is no such thing as coincidence.
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