Getting admission into UNN came with a different level of laziness, the kind where you’d use a frying pan to eat Indomie or use a cup for cereals just because all the energy you had was spent on listening to lecturers who spoke gibberish and walking back to your place of rest under the hot sun.
But all cutlery na cutlery, abi? So maybe it didn’t really matter, not to us at least. But maybe to someone else.
Let’s put ourselves in someone else’s shoes for a moment, yes? Imagine you were the manufacturer of that frying pan – which you designed for the purpose of frying – imagine witnessing someone cooking, say, Ogbono soup with it… how disgusted would you be? Or what if you traded places with Alexander Fleming and discovered the Penicillin, only for people to use it as a moisturizer?
Off with their heads!
What if I told you that in the same way, God created each and everyone of us with a purpose and we defeat that purpose each time we act in a way that contradicts it?
Isaiah 64:8 says, ” But now, o Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay and thou our potter; and we are all the works of thy hand.” kjv.
You see, the potter creates and when he creates, each creation is motivated by a purpose. A coffee cup is made with the right material and shape so you can comfortably grip and sip your coffee without spilling, no matter how hot it is. Imagine using that red plastic cup, made to hold regular drinks, to hold coffee? The plastic cup would even be like, “Am I a joke to you?”
An abuse of purpose leads to mishaps and disaster, just like the plastic cup holding hot coffee will hurt your hand, causing you to drop it in a haste, after which it hits the ground and spills causing a mess, after which you hurry to find ice for your burn but you slip on the spilled coffee and unluckily for you, you’re close to the stairs so you roll down and break your back and that’s how you become a paraplegic.
Ok, maybe that’s extreme.
But that is what happens when you use the right things for the wrong purposes. Myles Munroe said,
“When purpose is unknown, abuse is inevitable.”
So the question is, how do you find purpose? How do you know what you’re supposed to use an item for? It all links back to the creator.
There’s a reason appliances come with a user’s manual; with the manual, you know what to do and what not to do. The manual is the manufacturer’s way of conveying to you not just the purpose of that appliance but the conditions under which it will and will not work. I have a rechargeable lamp that goes off once it begins to charge, that’s the manufacturers way of saying, “Hey! You can’t charge and use!”
The manufacturer knows the purpose of his appliance, the inventor knows the purpose of his invention and God only, knows His purpose for your life. If I give you a strange device, your first instinct would be to ask me, “What is this? How does it work?” So why is it that when it comes to purpose, humans would instinctively do anything but go to their creator? Their source? Why can’t you go to God and ask, “Who am I? Why am I here? What am I to do?”
You have a dream, you’re so sure that this is what you’re meant to be, in fact, the universe must have shopped for an extra special knife and carved out this path specially for you, so it must be why you are here. Lol. Have you asked God? Only the maker knows the purpose of his creations so how can His creation know their purpose without their maker? Now that’s a dangerous game!
Picture this scenario – Emeka writes a love letter for Amaka to know his feelings and become his girlfriend. He sends the letter to his intended recipient, through his school son, Nonso, but does not tell him the purpose of the letter, just strict instructions to give it to Amaka. Nonso, who happens to be the class captain of JSS 2B, gets accosted by his class teacher who quickly sends him off to his class to supervise and write a list of noisemakers as there is currently no teacher in the class.
Nonso gets to the class and not grasping the importance of the letter within, turns the paper to the back and proceeds to write the names of noisemakers which he reads out to the hearing of the teacher as erring students’ wails accompany the strokes of cane. Later that day, he delivers the letter to Amaka as promised. Now, Amaka is left wondering if all the paper in the world has finished that her “potential” boyfriend had to profess his love using the one with noisemakers’ names written at the back. Amaka is thinking, “Am I a joke to this boy?”
And this is what a lot of us do, intentionally or unintentionally. We follow the wrong path (Nonso’s using the letter to write names of noisemakers), because we don’t know our purpose (Emeka not being specific enough in giving Nonso instructions or maybe, Nonso being the wrong person to assign such a task to) and when we find a way to somehow redirect to the right path (Amaka), we’re carrying baggage (names of noisemakers) that in no way aligns with our real purpose. It becomes stressful, annoying, irritating, OUT OF SYNC!
Only the grace of God can switch your gear and get you right back on track. Knowing your purpose is not even enough, you still need God to guide you and put the right people in your life that will play vital roles and make achieving that purpose so much easier, not people like Nonso whose actions or inactions might terminate your goal.
If you want to know your purpose, go to your source. Your source is the Most High God.
Until next time, I remain your favourite Wolf. 🐺✨
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