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Are you an original copy?

SPIDER’S WEB with CHEELA CHILALA
THE letter O, the fifth in the word PURPOSE, is our focus this week. It should remind us of four words which start with O and which teach us some lessons about purpose: odyssey, obstacle, option, originality.
Life is an odyssey, or long journey, in which we seek to fulfil the purpose of our existence. Your journey in life begins the day you are born. However, every journey has a direction and destination, or purpose: you leave a particular place with a destination in mind, but to do so, you must have an idea of where you are going.
It is foolish to start off on an aimless journey – to waste time, energy and resources on a journey to nowhere.
The trouble with life’s odyssey, however, is that you cannot know your destination unless you know the purpose of your existence.
What is that mission that you were born to fulfil? Would you say you know the purpose of your life and that you are on the right path to your destiny?
Any long journey has its own Obstacles. It is never easy to stay the course of purpose; there are no easy journeys. Kevin Conroy, the American actor, shares wise words: “Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It is how they handle it that makes people unique.”
It is hard to find purpose; harder to sustain it; even harder to fulfil it, because there will always be obstacles. Some advice from world-famous basketball star Michael Jordan: “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them.
But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” The obstacles might come in the form of situations, or even people who oppose you and your vision. What do you do when you come across obstacles on your purpose-driven journey? Do you immediately retreat or give up even when you know you are on the right course?
One of the challenges of an odyssey is that, at every turn, there is always an (easier) option, a more convenient route which, unfortunately, might not even lead to your destination. For the Christian pursuing God’s purpose for their life, the devil will always provide an easier, smoother option: easy “solutions” to the journey’s challenges.
If you are the type that runs for easier options whenever confronted by obstacles, you will never be able to achieve anything of substance in your life. Life’s great blessings are hidden behind great obstacles.
Life’s greatest achievers are those who overcome the greatest obstacles.
One of the common options people run for when afraid of obstacles is that of trying to imitate other seemingly “successful” people.
There is of course such a thing as learning from others, but there is no such thing as your life being exactly the same as that of another person. Purpose is unique to each individual, because each individual is unique, with unique qualities and abilities. No two journeys are the same, even if they are on the same road.
The point? Be original. Be yourself. Find that specific purpose tailored for you and wear it through life’s odyssey. Listen to best-selling American author John Mason: “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” Purpose gives you uniqueness and originality, because purpose is unique, person-specific, situation-specific, and destiny-specific. Being original means staying within your purpose. Judy Garland, the famous singer, wraps it up for us: “Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Are you an original copy?
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