There once was a man who netted three trout from a mountain stream and carefully placed them side-by-side on a thick patch of grass. Before he removed them from the water, they were like a liquid ballet in motion. Fluid. Graceful. Vibrant. Alive.
After he netted them, it was another story.
As the trout lay on the grass, they were motionless. Their eyes were fixed. They gasped for air, and they looked — and acted — stupid.
The man noticed they seemed unhappy, so he talked to them, hoping that his encouragement would change them.
“Little fish, don’t be sad. You’ll like the grass. Just try it out for a while.”
No movement. No response. No change.
A few more seconds passed. The man’s neighbor walked by. “Hey, Bob! Come and check out these fish!”
Bob sauntered over and the man explained that he was certain the fish could adjust. “I’m sure they could prosper here on the grass. Don’t you agree?”
“Why not?” Bob replied. So he also tried to tell the fish it would be good if they learned to like the grass. After all, he liked the grass. Why shouldn’t they?
Still, the fish didn’t blink. They just lay there looking dumber by the second.
Finally, a little boy approached exclaimed, “What are you doing? Put them back! They can’t be all they’ve been created to be when they are out of the water.”
Finally convinced, the man carefully placed each fish back in the stream. After splashing for a split second, all three swam away effortlessly. Again, it was like a liquid ballet. What ease! What grace! What beauty!
In that moment, the man realized that no matter how long the fish lay there they would never adjust to the grass, and would never be satisfied — no matter how much he (or anyone else) told them otherwise. Even if the fish tried to convince themselves they could learn to like the grass, they never would, and they would never prosper. In fact, they would eventually die. [Source: Shana Shrutte]
Does everyone have a purpose…Absolutely! Will you fulfill yours?…It’s completely up to you. Everyone was created with a specific God-given purpose [Ecclesiastes 3: 1]. If we choose to pursue our purpose, we open the doors to a life full of true happiness and fulfillment; if we don’t, we’ll live our lives just like a fish out of water; out of our element, miserable, with a dissatisfaction with a life we weren’t designed to adapt to (no matter how comfortable it may appear to be). An interesting example was displayed a couple of years ago when a successful business man gave up everything he owned for that chance of a more purposeful life. He now lives a very fulfilling life advancing the lives of others while living in a tiny log cabin with an income of less than $1,400.00 a month.
God created all of us to be united together and bring our piece of the whole [of our existence], like body parts all working together for the entire body, with no one greater than another. Could you imagine your pinky finger competing with your eyeball, or your feet competing with your head—of course not because they all work a different task together to help the whole body function! If we all knew what important part we play in this whole set-up, there would be no need to envy or compete with one another because we would understand that we have a specific place that no one else can fill.
If desire to find your purpose, here are a few quick pointers to you get you on your way…
1. Seek direction. Just as a manufacturer supplies an instruction manual for maximum results, so it is with life. God provides us everything that pertains to life in His word, the bible, to help us get the most out our lives, including finding our true identity and walking in our purpose. As He leads, all we have to do is follow.
2. Use your gifts and follow your passions. When God established our purpose, He was smart enough to equip us with everything we needed to get the job done, this includes our unique personalities, gifts, talents, etc, and definitely our passions in life.
3. Pursue wise counsel. We don’t have all the answers so it’s wise to find well-rounded people to be in your life to help sharpen you as you move forward in your life’s journey.
4. Stay away from the “Nay-Sayers”. Not everyone will be on your team and will be a stumbling block to your progress (if you let them). So keep away from those with ill tendencies and stick to a circle of those who will help keep you encouraged to go the distance.
5. Stay the course. What’s better than beginning a thing is actually finishing. Things will not always be easy, so fix your mind to stay focused on your goals; if you get side-tracked, immediately get back in order and keep it moving.
This is just the tip of the iceberg to a life long journey, but too important not to miss. So become like a student and gain all the information you need to succeed. And the next time you look in the mirror, choose to see how God sees you, as an individual called for purpose, another intricate piece of the puzzle; predestined to bring hope, peace and love to a world that needs it. [Romans 8:28]
Until next post, enjoying the journey,