Last week, I wrote of a new documentary on the life of Quincy Jones and his tough upbringing on the South Side of Chicago. In it, he talked of his plans to become a lifelong gang member, which he justified by saying “You want to be what you see.” But the trajectory of his life’s path changed the day that he broke into a building and was captivated by a piano inside. God knew what he sent Quincy Jones down here to do, but it was at that moment that Jones accepted that call on his life.
As you move along life’s path, you too must realize your calling. Don’t allow your circumstances to cause you to make an incorrect choice. You wonder, how will I know when that moment happens for me? Well, like with Quincy Jones, the feeling will be so overwhelming, there is nothing you could do about it, except go with the flow! He began to invest time in learning musical instruments, starting with the trumpet. He learned to play piano, keyboard, trombone, and he learned to write music by taking classes to learn how to write musical scales. Those overwhelming feelings will happen for you too
Jones was only 14 years old, yet he was drawn to learn to play the trumpet. Like Quincy, allow your purpose to take you there by way of various routes. Eventually, every step you have taken along the way will come together to make you whole. No one will be able to take away from you, the lessons in life you will have learned to make you that unique and special person that God called to this earth to take care of the mission He gave to you!
This could be a bit deep for some of you out there! Just know that every time you hear a voice speaking into your spirit, it is the higher power, leading and guiding you, that is, unless the voice you hear is guiding you in a negative manner. In that case, you know exactly who that is, too, my friends — it is the voice of the devil! Scripture says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
Scripture also reminds us to tear down strongholds. As I was reading an article by Pastor Rick Warren, titled “The Battle of Your Mind,” he reminds us that a stronghold can also be a personal attitude. He said, “Worry can be a stronghold. Seeking the approval of other people can be a stronghold. Anything that you make an idol in your life can be a stronghold — fear, guilt, resentment, insecurity. All of these things can be strongholds in your mind. And the Bible says that we are to tear them down.”
During your search for your purpose in life, notice that you’ve got a potential battle for your mind. Those things that are good represents those thoughts that we must listen to. This process is truly a simple matter — follow the lead of the Heavenly Father when He guides our minds with those things that are good. Then rebuke those devilish and negative thoughts that come our way, for those thoughts are of the devil!
Hopefully, this column can assist you in listening out for your purpose, as you look around to see what it is you are meant to be!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.