I'm building my business so I decided to hire a skilled coach to guide me through the process. She gives me workbook assignments that are thought provoking to say the least. Going into the coaching program a while back, I was very clear on what I wanted my life and business to look like. I wanted to build a consultancy for beauty professionals and use makeup artistry as space to purely create with a faith driven approach. It's my life's purpose to help others gain clarity on what they want and what God has for them so that they can be their authentic selves in their business, personal lives, relationships, and ministries.
The more and more I went through the workbook and completed the assignments as honestly as I could, I started to doubt myself because I just could not see how everything was going to add up to build the business of my dreams! In between assignments I would hop on Instagram and scope out so and so's profile and think "well this makeup artist is doing this and it's working out for her." "Well maybe I can just build my business the way she's doing it and I'll have success."
Before I knew it, my head was spinning and I was been confused. I completely lost focus on MY purpose. I lost clarity and my vision became foggy. I couldn't see everything adding up because subconsciously, my focus was on someone else's purpose, not mine!
We can lose sight of our purpose and calling, focusing on another's "purpose" and "calling."
No one can tell us what our purpose is. God gives us all a purpose in life while we're alive on this Earth. No one has the same purpose as me, no one has the same purpose as you!!! The cool thing is that you're different! There's only one you and one me! The scary thing is sometimes we can feel alone or like we're not doing the right things.
We are all on individual purpose walks. We don't have to be afraid because we are not alone. God is there with us. He's there because He's the one who has given us a very specific vision, He gave us our talents, our gifts, and our interests.
How do we stay focused on our God given purpose? We must stay focused on God and the gifts and talents He has given us; not anyone else but US!
In today's age, lurking on social media can be the easiest way to lose focus on your purpose and put your focus on everyone else's "purpose." After my head spin, I went on Instagram and unfollowed almost 50 (and still counting) makeup artists. There is absolutely nothing wrong with admiring others and learning from them!! I just know the path God has me on right now requires me to take deep looks in the mirror 24/7. He wants this time to just be me and Him which is why he led me to quit my job to focus on all that He has for me (click here to read my cliff jumping post!). I'm a big feeler so I tend to naturally take on others' emotions. That's not a bad thing because God has created me to be extremely empathic and compassionate but right now, I need to focus on me. I need to focus on my purpose, my journey. I can spend so much time making googly eyes over other people that I neglect the things that give me fulfillment in my purpose like writing this post, in hopes that someone gains clarity and keeps their focus.
So what (or who) are you currently focused on that's not aligned with your purpose? I challenge you to give it a break and focus on your talents, gifts, and interests that have been blessed by God.
In the name of Jesus I pray that you give whoever reads this confidence in You so they may go out and live the life You created them to live with the talents and gifts You have given them. May they reject the spirit of comparison and unworthiness and be reminded that they are "fearfully and wonderfully made." Amen.
Leave a comment below how you plan to use your talents and gifts and interests so we can pray for you!
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