Realizing Your God Given Purpose

I graduated from High School in 1980 not knowing what to do next. I was definitely going off to College, but what would I study. At the time, I loved sports and I had grown up around sports since my Dad had been a coach while I was growing up but I also found after taking basic undergrad courses that what interested me the most was leadership, motivation, and teamwork within organizations so I decided to major in Business Management. Upon graduation, the personal computer became the “big thing” in business; virtually taking over the job duties of entry level managers so my first job was to develop a computerized system for tracking work orders within a company’s quality assurance department. Since then, I’ve taken courses at a local Technical College and received a degree in computer science; working on computer systems ever since but continuing over the years with study in my initial passions of leadership, motivation, and teamwork.

Computers are amazing for efficiency and productivity but for some reason they’ve caused our society to lose focus on the most important aspect of any company; people working together as a team to reach individual and company goals. We have a generation in crisis with a national debt so big that most can’t envisage its enormity. To me, the only solution to our economic uncertainty is to get back to the basics. In the words of Tony Evans, “Living out a Kingdom purpose starts with our walk with God, moves to our relationship with our families, and then goes on to our involvement in the church. Soon we’ll see a difference in our cities, our states, and even our nation. That’s Kingdom impact, and it starts with you and me.”

I remember when Emmitt Smith was inducted into the football Hall of Fame in 2010. In his induction speech, he talked about how he wrote down his goals at an early age. He wanted to be a great football player, play for the Dallas Cowboys, and rush for more yards than anyone in history. He accomplished every one of these goals. Goal setting  is a vital ingredient for success. It bridges the gap between mediocrity and greatness; helping one to plan out what to do and staying on track to getting it done.

Good plans, backed with desire and Initiative have a tendency to result in success. It took these qualities for the men who signed the declaration of independence. For they signed their own  death warrant should the colonies lose in the fight with Great Britain but they took the initiative which gave this nation its freedom that we enjoy today.

The greatest expenditure of energy in a rocket launch is the first 500 yards. The same is true with us. It’s the first few moves and that first step out of bed that is the hardest. If we can just make it to the cup of coffee, then things get easier. There’s a little initiative in each cup. What is it that Folgers says on their commercial – the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. To keep your momentum going and before you begin your busy schedule, take the initiative to meet with God in bible reading  and prayer. Listen for plans and directions. He wants to meet and help you build a great day. Let Him shine His light and help you develop a positive picture that will be presented in reality as you go through the day. Listen for plans and directions. He wants to meet and help you build a great day so set aside a daily time for bible reading and prayer. Design a form or document that helps you plan your activities, establishes goals, and documents ideas and thoughts that can be shared.

Some years back, I went through some courses at my church about being a member and some possible roles I might consider as a member. A short time after that, our church started using  multi-media in the church service. It seemed like a good idea to me so I asked if I could play a role. I’ve been on the multi-media team running the computer every other month for one of the worship services ever since. The thing I like about multi-media is that a person can get more of their senses involved in the  learning process. A person not only hears the sermon but they can see the message on the screen.

I’ve recently started a hobby of creating a multi-media Bible
Study Guide
to not only help myself but others in creating a daily reading and prayer time. It’s a guide that divides the Bible up in such a way that a person can read a passage each day. Along with the passage are questions to answer, suggested videos to watch, quotes, or pictures to look at. Also, suggestions on a response to the values or principles brought out in the passage are made. These multi-media tools are utilized to get the mind thinking  so one may be inspired to jot down notes. These notes of ideas, thoughts, or plans might be of use for their own goal setting or to share with others.

A while back, I took an on-line course leading into becoming certified in Information Technology. Within this course, there was material dealing with how to continually improve an IT department. It is called the 7-Step improvement process and it  consist of identifying the vision and goals, defining what should be measured, defining what can be measured, gathering data, presenting the data, and implementing corrective action.

The Bible study guide is built on this philosophy of continual improvement. Instead of improving a department, the goal is to transform and improve individuals. It provides a step-by-step process of setting a goal for Bible reading, planning how much should be read each day, gathering data like quotes, personal thoughts from the reading, and ideas for personal transformation.

In order for the Bible study program to work, it’s important to understand which part of the day is your best. Determine if you are a morning person or an evening person by experimenting to see what works best for you. Expect to pay the price. You may  have to get up a little earlier or stay up a little later. To make it a plan that is uniquely yours, look up quotes and find videos that fit with your interest so they will inspire your thinking. Bible study is not just reading a daily passage. The ultimate goal is to stimulate thought and come up with ideas that will help make the needed changes you desire. It may take years for someone to transform and fully reach their God given potential.

The Bible study program I have developed is very similar to the Deming Cycle or also known as PDCA (plan-do-check-act) which was made popular by Dr. W. Edwards Deming who is considered by many to be the father of modern quality control. After World War II, he taught top managers in Japan how to improve processes and to build quality products. The Deming Cycle is an interactive four-step problem-solving process typically used in business process improvement

Below is an example of a Bible study plan. As you will see, there are Bible passages planned out, some questions to do, a video or quote to provide inspiration and stimulate thought, prayer ideas to help check the meaning of the passage and talk with God about possible plans of action. Hopefully lessons can be learned from the passage or the passage will stimulate memories of lessons learned from experiences of the past. This will give some ideas on what to do next and what action to take.

Reading for Today

Set some time aside; maybe 10 minutes each day for the next two
days. Read Isaiah 50-51:8 using your Bible or the passage lookup tool: Passage Lookup. After reading the passage for today, click back and continue with the items below.

Question:

In less than conciliatory tones what challenge does this listening
servant put forth to Israel?

Video:

Here is our King by David Crowder Band

Jesus brings us back to God. Think of what God created; the oceans, the plants, mountains, animals, and people. I don’t know about you but I want to be on the same team as the one who created all the majestic wonders of the world.

Prayer Ideas:

The Lord gives joy, light, and salvation forever. Pray for  inspiration. Ask that you pay close attention and learn a lesson from a sermon, a Sunday school lesson, a daily Bible reading, or a video and that it makes an impression on your soul.

Action: 

What lessons have you learned? Write out some plans of action like sharing with someone a lesson learned from this reading.

Sometime this week, take a look at an example of the Purpose Tool worksheet located at this Link.  Download the Purpose Tool Template and use it as we go through these lessons together. For this week, take a look and fill out the worksheet with the tab labeled activities.

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About Mark Shields

Mark works in the Information Systems Department for an Insurance Company. He volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church and runs the 10:50 worship service computer. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. You’re invited to join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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10 Responses to Realizing Your God Given Purpose

  1. I really love this post and your blog! Thank you for following The Build Up. I can’t wait to read more stuff from you. You’re saving souls. Bless you.

  2. Mark Shields says:

    Reblogged this on This Day With God and commented:

    As we get close to the end of the year and think about next year, I’ll reblog some post about God’s Plan for Us. This first post has some ideas on how one might realize God’s purpose in their life.

  3. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  4. This post is very interesting Brother Mark. I enjoyed reading it. Realizing your God given purpose reminds me of a gentleman I know very well. My friend has been struggling with two things he believes God has purposed for him. He likes being an evangelist, who travels a lot, but he also wants to pastor a Church. Thanks so much for sharing. I think my friend needs to read this. God bless.

    • Mark Shields says:

      Many times in life, the hardest decisions are how we should spend our time. Unfortunately, we can only be at one place at a time. Going to God in prayer and asking for his direction, we can be assured that we are fulfilling the purpose He has for us. Have a wonderful Day Brother Noel!

  5. Hi Mark,
    So I’m only a year younger than you – I’m Class of 1981. And I too became a Business Major, because I thought this was the most practical way to ensure that I would get a good
    “office job.” which was my goal at the time. I can relate to your comment about some job opportunities sort of vanishing due to computers, while others appear. Although I now think it would have been better to be a Music Major, fortunately it’s never too late to learn new things. I did study as a Music Major here at East Los Angeles College just a few years ago. I love to use my guitar for worship, which I have been doing for years.

    • Mark Shields says:

      You are right Matthew … it’s never too late to learn new things. Sounds like you are fulfilling your God given purpose in using your guitar for worship. God bless and have a Merry Christmas!

  6. joseyphina says:

    God bless you for this post.

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