In today's blog post, I'm going to flip things around a bit, just like the buildings in this picture. What kind of possibility exists when we begin to care about the problems of others, and not only focus on ourselves? We could be standing at the doorway of our destiny and walk away from it because we perceive that someone else's problem has nothing to do with us. But the problem can push us into our purpose. Join me as I connect the dots between the story of David and Goliath and a modern day movie to give us a picture of purpose.
How The Story Could Have Unfolded
It's clear that I cannot get enough of the story of David and Goliath right now since the last two blog posts were based on 1 Samuel 17. That's why I love the Word of God so much--I can come to the same spot and dig up new treasures each time. So back to David - when he arrived on the battlefield with food for his brothers, he discovered that Goliath from the Philistine camp, was stirring up fear and discouragement in the hearts of all the soldiers. He did not belong here, since he was only following his father's instructions and had shepherding duties to return to. He could have reasoned that this was the soldiers' problem, not his.
Instead, David chose to care about their problem, offer himself as the solution, and defend the name of the Lord and the army of Israel. He made their problem his business, and found himself propelled into the service of the king of Israel, which was a crucial step in his purpose as king.
A Female Detective
When we consider a modern day example, I think about the movie Elona Holmes (yes, you can add it to your watch list lol). If you have not watched it yet, I’m not going to give away the storyline too much. But I will highlight that the main character’s life truly blossomed when she decided to help a stranger in need. She discovered her true identity, disrupted the status quo in society at the time, and made life in her country a better place for the disadvantaged. Although she could have focused on her own challenges, she had compassion on someone else, and it became the key to her living out her purpose.
Where Does This Leave You and Me?
There's a fashionable positivity phrase right now that says we should stay in our own lane or run our own race if we want to be successful and fulfill our purpose. Some of us take this to heart to the point where we become so busy working on our own ministry/brand/business/life, that we miss the opportunities to help build someone else's vision or assist them with their problem. It's possible that God designed us to be the solution to a problem--someone else's problem. With care and compassion for others, and a dash of creativity and determination, we can step into our God-given destiny and fulfil His will for our lives.
Let the problem push you into your purpose.
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