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Consequence: How to Live a Purposeful LIfe

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From Jeremy: This is a guest post by Joseph Iregbu. Joseph leads on purpose and is passionate about helping others discover, pursue and live the God-intended life. He blogs at josephiregbu.com and is a Coach and Mentor to young leaders. He is the author of a book (Even in the Well), husband to Temi and father to a new-born Isabel-Juda. They live in Germany. Connect with him on TwitterFacebook or his Landing Page

Life is precious; a gift and a season. To live it without consequence become a tragedy.

But what constitutes a person of consequence? By consequence, I mean relevance and purpose. Some key components cannot be missed. Allow me share them with you.

photo by Mitch Barrie (Creative Commons)

VISION & FAITH

A man of consequence is a person of vision. He sees what others don’t. Vision is the ability to see the invisible and perceive opportunities where others ONLY see difficulties.

A man of vision realises he only has a window of opportunity to create the change he wants to see. That’s because he sees that window! And sometimes, he creates the window if necessary!

Vision will change your outlook to life because it gives you a reason to live a purposeful life. People of vision determine how they live – life does not dictate for them. But vision brings with it huge responsibility. I have never seen a person of vision who is idle; vision keeps you purposefully engaged.

Vision is not enough. Vision makes you see but faith makes you move. Faith is the engine that sets vision in motion. 

Vision and faith are twins; vision sees with the eyes of faith hidden things others cannot perceive. Faith develops with vision. There’s no vision without faith. The greatest of all vision needs faith to be accomplished. Faith brings true vision to reality by holding fast to divine promises in times of difficulty.

How much faith do you have in your vision?

VOCATION & FOCUS

Vision and faith drives you to purposeful vocation and focus. Again, a man of consequence cannot be idle. Purpose compels him. Vision drives him. And he learns his ‘trade’ well. Not without mistakes and bumps on the way, but he remains focused on doing the singular vocation God assigns him.

What vocation are you engaged in? Are you doing the thing God has sent you to do? Or are you busy trying to be someone else?

  • When you discover your purpose in life, just do it!
  • Don’t sit around.
  • Don’t hang around.
  • Don’t waste time.
  • Don’t waste your life.

Why is keeping busy important? Knowledge!

Knowledge is power; something no one can ever take from you. Knowledge unlocks doors that strength cannot. You learn from doing things, not sitting on the couch and watching TV all day. Your vision determines how you spend your time. Your vision makes you a missionary of purpose. Get busy. Master something or some things; a trade, skill, occupation, or a passion.

Learn. Take risks. Broaden your horizon where possible. Be determined to live above the status quo. Don’t settle for an average life.

And focus! 

The qualities that bring a man to leadership are the same that will keep him there:

  • David started diligent. David ended diligent.
  • Paul started fervent. Paul ended fervent.
  • Peter started passionate. Peter ended passionate.

Start well and end well. And if you are worried that you haven’t started well, not to worry. Start well today.

Keep your focus on your purpose, your vision, your goal. Become a purpose-driven person.

Discover yourself. Discover your purpose. Master a vocation. And stay on track.

You can do this. Yes, you can!

Question: What other key components of living a purposeful have you experienced personally?

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About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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  • http://www.selahblog.org/ Joseph Iregbu

    Jeremy, it’s a great privilege to be part of your better stories purpose. Thanks for being awesome.

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  • http://www.themakegoodchoicesproject.org/ Michael Hawkins

    Joseph:   A very powerful post.  Thank you!

    I’m going to quote you in an upcoming blog post of my own.  I really connected with this thought:

    Learn. Take risks. Broaden your horizon where possible. Be determined to live above the status quo. Don’t settle for an average life.

    I totally agree with you:  we should all strive to learn and stretch our minds and bodies.  Living the status quo is simply not going to get us anywhere.  “Normal” and “average” are two of my least-favorite words.  : – )

    Thanks again for such a motivating post!

    • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

      Michael, that’d be awesome. This past weekend, I hosted an international conference with hundreds of young people in attendance and the key message I gave them was exactly that! Average is a purpose killer and we must embrace risks.
      Thanks again and looking forward to reading what you will share.

      • http://www.themakegoodchoicesproject.org/ Michael Hawkins

        I will be sure to let you know when the post has been published.  Have a great day!

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Agreed.

  • http://colebradburn.com/ Cole Bradburn

    Great post Joseph.  I fully believe that without a crystal clear life vision, one cannot tell the difference between opportunity and distraction.   

    • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

      Cole, you’re absolutely right. Clarity of vision saves us unnecessary pain in life. Thanks for sharing your thought.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I like how you put that Cole.

      • http://colebradburn.com/ Cole Bradburn

        Thanks Jeremy.  

  • Marie Morris

    I agree that we need to combine vision and faith. But did David finish well? Maybe he is  a good example of what happens when we forget to keep our vision and faith fresh.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      In my opinion, overall yes. He repented. His favor with God was restored. But the whole Bathsheba and Absalom episodes are good example of losing sight of our vision and faith.

  • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

    Hi Marie,
    Very good point you made. David messed up in some areas of life. He almost lost it.

    But the specific reference to David was ‘diligence’. He made amends. Yes, he didn’t build the Lord’s house in the end but he oversaw a handover to Solomon and that vision was eventually realised.

    I believe David was diligent in his passion for God and life until the end.
    In hindsight, we can conclude he could have ended better but today Bible still references David on a positive light.

  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    Great post, Joseph. I love this line. “Vision makes you see but faith makes you move. Faith is the engine that sets vision in motion.”

    I agree that they are both needed. Thanks for the reminder.

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      Good stuff. You don’t know where to go without being able to see. It doesn’t matter how well you see if you never move.

      • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

        That’s true, Jeremy. The motion makes the sight all the more meaningful

    • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

      Thanks Tammy!

  • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

    Joseph, I love how you’ve brought faith, vision, vocation and focus together.

    It’s hard to live a powerful purpose-filled life when one of these ingredients is missing (though many try to).

    • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

      Ngina,
      Thanks. There are definitely more ingredients for purposeful living but these, I believe, are very key. We discover more as we pursue the God-intended life.

  • joel njuguna

    What a timely reminder…Indeed vision and faith go hand in hand…Thanks Joseph

    • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

      Joel, thanks a lot!

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  • Mike W

    Surely it rather depends on where our vision is coming from.
    Surely our vision can be distorted.
    I don’t have faith that God would make my vision come true, I have faith that he would make his vision come true, which is better by far.
    So, at the moment, we see in a mirror dimly.
    I don’t determine how I live, at least, not all (or even most) of it.
    Nor can busyness be the answer. There are plenty of people who have got busy, not sat around, not wasted time, and yet ultimately have wasted what they have been given, because what they have pursued isn’t God’s kingdom.
    And if I don’t really understand my life, if I am not directing it, if busyness isn’t the answer, I am still a person of consequence. Not because of my gaze and grasp of the future, but because of God’s gaze and grasp of me. I am a creature of the living God. I am loved in Jesus Christ, made a son. That is consequence enough for me

    • http://josephiregbu.com/ Joseph Iregbu

      I fully understand your viewpoint and as a Christian saved by grace through faith, I live by the principle that God is sovereign over me. So you’re right in what you’ve said. But you need to also understand a few things which makes it absolutely necessary to write like this:

      1. God’s sovereignty never denies us our responsibility. When God says He will provide, He expects active obedience and that’s not idle. It’s busy. 
      2. So many Christians are deluded by a wrong concept of everything God. Many take a view that suggests lack of drive. We are called to be obedient to God’s will, yes. That’s being busy in itself too. God calls us to something, not an empty or vague trust in Him. Being a person of influence and purpose requires lots of faith and vision of course. And that’s the life God calls us to (to make His glory known). As a Christian, all our purpose pursuit is for that reason above. 
      3. Life must be balanced. Not everyone reading this post is a Christian and we cannot afford to lose them with Christian jargons. So we must write with them in mind too in a language all can understand…per adventure God will save some.
      4. So a purposeful life is one led by God and lived out through faith… but we are the vessel to do the work. And we do that through the key components mentioned and more by the help of God. 

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