What Do You Know About That?

I’ve heard it said that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I think that we do this to ourselves (and to others) all the time. How many people do you know that honestly believe they have the answer to your questions, and when you hear their ‘solution’ it sounds more appropriate for their situation than it does yours? How many times have YOU been the one to offer a solution to someone else that ends up being more suitable for YOU?  This is usually the bi-product of not really understanding who we are or what we’re here for.

It’s a question of Product Purpose.

Apostle Garland Scott, Pastor of Embassy Fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida, once said,”A product cannot go into production until its purpose has been determined.”

There is a purpose for every person in existence, whether they know it or not.

So much of what we do wrong in this world is rooted in our lack of knowledge of who we are, where we come from and what we are here for.  Can you imagine that a drug dealer would settle for that life if he had been told from an early age that he was destined for the Stock Exchange or a six-figure income managing some huge corporation? What would happen if a young woman knew that she would discover a cure for cancer?  How quickly would she shut down some guy whispering in her ear, trying to get her to do something that would derail that purpose?

Worse yet, think about the many people who have a six inch stack of diplomas and certifications that still live these unfulfilled lives of quiet desperation because none of their education and training was in anything they were personally passionate about.  Think of all that wasted time preparing for something wholly unrelated to your purpose!

All of the intellect and education obtainable is made null and void if you don’t know who you are, what you’re capable of and what your own basic limitations are. You are a hammer in a room full of screws!

I have a really hard time dealing with it when I ‘screw’ up, especially if it ends up hurting someone.  Situations like that have the potential to keep me up nights.  I have a hard time with failure…it makes me a bit of an over-achiever. But, it also makes me very introspective. I want to know what it is about me that made me do what I did.  WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS I THINKING? I said it before; I’m kinda like Viviane Walker in ‘The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.’ “I take a problem and chew on it ‘til all the flavor is gone. Then I stick it in my hair.”

This ‘gift’ of introspection has turned to my advantage after all these years.  I know myself pretty well. That makes it hard for someone to talk me out of what I believe and it makes it easy for me to acknowledge when I have stepped out of bounds. It also serves to let me know I am capable of so much more than I realize, because of how I’ve been designed.

One of the most important aspects of learning about myself is learning about the One who made me.  It’s very easy to learn about yourself when you have a working relationship with your Creator.  It is having the Instruction Manual (Bible) and the Manufacturer at your constant disposal to ensure the product fulfills its purpose.  Listen to God when He tells you who you are and what you were designed to do and be.  It’s all in the Instruction Manual.  Anyone who tells you anything else must be dismissed as ignorant and uninformed.

Take the time to study your own behavior; learn your patterns.  Be willing to listen to your critics and pick your own behavior apart. Then, go to the Instruction Manual and measure EVERY critique (even the ones that you think are right) by the Specifications found in the manual.  It will help to determine if someone is speaking based on real knowledge of who you are, or if they are just ‘hammering’ away at you.

If you know who you are and what you are here for, no one will ever be able to take that from you. You will always be exactly where you are supposed to be doing exactly what God designed you to be doing.  In that you will find peace, purpose and the assurance of hearing God say, “Well done.”


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