Monday, 20 July 2009

Second Quarter Review: Purposeful Living

“Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed”.
Proverbs 16:3

I was writing some notes in a meeting the other day and wrote the date, and realised that we are already half way through the year. Wow! A while back I uploaded a post called “First Quarter Review”, and realised, it is about time we went over the plans we set out to Rise, Run and Reign with this year. Its time to find out where we are, from our first review. It is time to gauge if we are living out the realities of 'a day in God's Will'.

It is time to find out if we are still on track and living a life of 'focused purpose', or have we fallen behind, or worst still, lost the plan and plot altogether.

To review means to: go over (Plans, lessons, mistakes) in review, look at, or look over again.
To gauge means to: determine the exact dimensions, capacity, quantity, or force of; measure.

If I asked the question, "Are the plans you are working and walking with, enabling you to live a life of focused purpose in God's will for you?" What would your answer be? It's a tough one isn't it? I asked myself the same question and my head is still spinning!

The only way to affirm that question is to continually review our plans and the way we are living out its reality each day. We have to review them with God, and make sure they are aligned with what He has confirmed as the purpose for our lives, in each season we are in.

To affirm that our plans are in alignment with God's plans, means that we are confirming and affirming God's very plan for our lives; that we are living every day in God' purposefully to accomplish His will with, in and through us.

To affirm means to: state or assert positively; maintain as true
To confirm means to: establish the truth, accuracy, validity, or genuineness of

When we are sure of God's purpose, we will avoid needless activities which tend to complicate our lives. Knowing God's purpose for our lives does the following for us:
  • Gives meaning to our life: Knowing God's plans for us, directs and helps us to fulfil His purpose for our lives. The understanding that there is a reason, and meaning to the very essence of our being, our life, encourages us, increases our desire and Zeal to work, doing activities that will bring forth God's purpose. Are you plans helping you to live out the very meaning of your life?
  • Simplifies our life: Imagine your manager at work giving you a mandate and it goes like this "I want you to implement a project"! However, the manager does not describe the nature and shape, or reason for the project! I could assume that most of us would be a bit frustrated with such a request, however for want of not loosing our jobs, we would (based on the knowledge of the work we do, and guessing of what the manager is involved in), we will put a few projects together, hoping that at least one of them might come close! This can be likened to when we try to live our lives without knowing what God wants us to do. We end up working on various 'life plans' in the hope that one of them might be the one! However, life does not have to be that complicated. We simply need to know what God wants and then ask for His wisdom to do understand what we have to do and for His grace to enable us to do it. Furthermore, this understanding will help us ask important questions such as " does this activity help me fulfil one of God's purpose for my life, or does it take me away from it?" Proverbs 13:7 explains it the simplicity of this better, it reads "A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life" (MSG). Are your plans simplifying your life, or making you busy without results?
  • Gives focus to our life and hence our plans: Ephesians 5:17, explains this point clearly and it reads "So do not be foolish but learn what the Lord wants you to do. (NCV). All we need to do is look at the rich and famous list, and we realise that the most successful people on that list are the most focused ones. From the best footballer, to the best singer, to the best writer, to the best business man, to the best accountant. Something successful people have in common is FOCUS and lots it! Are your plans helping you to live a life focused in God's will for you?
  • Motivates us: The understanding of God's purpose and plans for us (bearing in mind that God's plans for us are always good as declared in Jeremiah 29:11), helps to keep us motivated and focused in doing the EXACT things we are meant to do, to usher in its manifestation. We focus on direction, on content, on the big and small picture of it all. We have the vision and the purpose there right in front of us. Are your plans motivating you to live out the reality of God's purpose for you?
  • Prepare for Eternity: We must remember that this earth is a practise run for our real home, Heaven. When the physical body we are in expires, and we get to heaven, God will ask us the question "what did you do with what I gave you?" Which means, what did we do with our gifts, talent, ideas, inspiration, resources, energy and much more. Working with plans that encourages and focuses our lives to live a life of purpose, will enable us answer this question and pass the test, and determine what we do in eternity. Are your plans preparing you for what you are going to do in eternity?

Living a life of purpose is the only way to live. This means that the plans we are working and walking with, should be moving us forward in focused, and purposeful living.

So, as we progress through the second quarter of this year, I encourage you to review the plans you are working and working with. Does it need re-work, does it need re-alignment with God's purpose for your life? Is it keeping you focused, inspired and dedicated to live out each day in God's will?

I encourage you to review your plans from all angles and on all levels, from quarter forecasts to weekly and daily activities. I encourage you to also review all the resources that you have been working with, such as financial, relationships, technology, education, prayers and even sowing like seeds.

Also, not forgetting to review yourself; your attitude, growth and character, patience, tolerance, consistency, persistent, prayer plans, diligence, attention to detail, and spirit of excellence.

Finally, pray about your renewed understanding from the review, ask God for His never-ending and ever-increasing wisdom, to re-align the plan to fit into His will for your life. Pray for strength, focus, and zeal to help you live out the realities of GOD's plan for your life; whilst making Him famous in your focused and purposeful living.

Much Love

Remi Banjo

***Pictures by google***


Jaycee said...

God, I pray for a deeper revelation of you, so that my next review will be greater than this one.

Thank u so much Remi...may you never lack the anointing to encourage yourself and others...

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@ Jaycee... Ameeeeeeeeeeeeen... Yes Father, a deeper revelation is what I need, what we all need.
awe, amen for the prayers oh.. If I don't encourage I feel like I'm dying... does that even make sense! lol..


The poets voice ~~~ said...

A review is needed every once in a while, it keeps on us on track with our purpose, it shows us what we have achieved so far and what we still have to achieve.
I pray my rlationship with God grows better and stronger than ever in this second half.

God bless you.
How are u btw? xx

Tisha said...

i want free books...

can i pick?

Remi, United Kingdom said...

@ The Poets Voice.. Amen and Amen. I pray that God keeps drawing you nearer into His presence. As long as you are willing and doing your best, and asking the Holy spirit to help you along the way, He most definately will give you a massive helping hand! :-) I'm excellent, by God's grace. enjoying summer in England... been a long time we had sun for a month straight! lol.. Have an awesome week :-) xxx

@Tisha... Yes you can pick a book, however, 'The Shack' is gone. I got a winner for that.
Send me an email with the book of your choice and your postal details and it will be delivered to you within 7 working days...
Much Love

@ Jaycee... Congratulations on your book win!!!! :-))) Your prize is on its way. .. *hugs*

simeone said...

yes a life of purpose is the only way to live...
i can chew on that line from now till tomoro..
thanks for these lines..

David C Brown said...

We can easily drift along, and need a word like yours to keep us exercised to do what pleases the Lord Jesus. Isn't the help of the Holy Spirit especially needed in this?

The poets voice ~~~ said...

I know, it's been a while since we had sun for such a long period without rain, snow and all that gloomy weather!I thank God for this summer..Lol
Have a great week too!!xxx

Daddy Forever said...

That's great that you take the time to review your plans. I have general ideas of what I want to do, but I never take the time to plan or review. Good for you.

zoe said...

Aunty, how you doing, I trust well...are we still on for Friday?? Please email me


hmmm...thank you for this. Really struggling with decisions and although everything has been laid out in front of me. I am not sure where to put my foot next.

*sigh* God dey, shebi?