When you know what your purpose is, you can step over any crisis.
And crisis will come because we live in a fallen world—a time and place where there are angry people, bad choices, car accidents, disease, and other things that stand against us.
But that’s why knowing our purpose is so important. When we know why we’re on the earth, we aren’t swept off our feet when crisis appears. As terrible as crisis can be, it can actually have a silver lining because it forces us to evaluate what’s important. It gives us a chance to quiet down the urgency of everyday life and reconnect with our reason for being here.
In times of crisis, a lot of people start asking, “Why am I here? I don’t actually know. I should figure this out.”
The Three Basic Characters
No matter who we are, where we’re from, our culture, our age group, or anything else, every purpose comes down to one of three choices. All of us end up being one of these three things:
Because of this situation with the coronavirus, a lot of people are starting to manifest their purpose. Isolation, privacy, and secrecy allow what’s really brewing on the inside to come out.
Are we victims who think the world is against us? Are we villains who are determined to get even for the pain and suffering others have put us through? Or are we heroes who are more interested in helping the people around us?
Let’s take a closer look at these three options.
The Victim: “Everything is TERRIBLE and I’m helpless!”
The victim believes life is happening to them, and there’s nothing they can do about it. They feel persecuted and attacked. They have to adjust to everything and everyone, and they frequently give excuses for their environment or why they’re acting a certain way. They aren’t responsible—it’s the work of other people.
The Villain: “How DARE you do this to me. I’m going to make you pay!”
The opposite of a victim is a villain who wants to get even. Technically, a villain is just a victim who has suddenly been given power. That power could come in the form of money, position, authority, etc.
The Hero: “I’m here for a purpose, and I’m going to help others.”
The hero sees beyond their private world to influence a greater number of people. “I’m here for a purpose. I’m here to help others. I’m here to protect and build up and encourage, to support and create. I’m going to make a difference.”
In every great piece of literature, we find these three characters. We can’t have a victim without a villain. In fact, it’s weird how a victim always finds their villain! The opposite is also true; the villain always finds a victim. It’s like they’re magnetically drawn to each other.
But a hero is an altogether different thing. A hero sees the problem and steps in to break apart the bond between the victim and the villain. They help set people free.
Which One Will You Choose?
In this financial crisis and every other hardship that may come, you get to choose which of these three roles you’ll accept.
I chose the hero. For me, this looks like following Someone greater than myself, and His name is Jesus. He’s my role model for the perfect hero. In my desire to be like Him, I find myself getting traction in my purpose—I’m here to help. I’m here to heal. I’m here to protect and defend.
Build Something of Lasting Value
When you know why you’re here, you can take that purpose and begin to apply it to your vision, strategies, and tactics—how you’re going to move forward and build something of lasting value.
Redefine your identity, purpose, and vision, and create a powerful engine that’s able to pull you forward even in hard times. Why not sign up for a purpose train session (see the shop for more info)
In the meanwhile, here’s a simple prayer for blessing. This crisis is difficult, but it doesn’t tell you who you are. Your purpose is much, much greater than this crisis.
Father God, I pray a blessing over my household. May we experience an ocean of courage, hope, and confidence in this season. May we rise up as heroes and not be timid or defeated by this event that is far smaller than our purpose on the earth.
God bless your Prosperous Soul.
This blog is copied with persmission from Stephen K De Silva. Orginally printed on www.stephenkdesilva.com on 29th May 2020.