“Many times we are pushed into functioning in an area that is not our highest and best use because somebody needed us to be something we were not created to be.”
Bishop TD Jakes recently taught about finding your purpose on Oprah’s LifeClass series. He explained that you might be living a life you weren’t meant to live, staying in a situation you weren’t meant to be in long term, and not heeding your calling or purpose because you took a certain path — to help or support some one else (maybe even to help yourself) — and you never got off.
Maybe that path has become comfortable for you. Maybe you have people begging you to stay on that path with them. Maybe that path has some moments of scenery you actually enjoy.
But it’s not YOUR path, which makes it the wrong path for you. And it doesn’t fulfill your purpose.
Whatever pulled you onto that path doesn’t matter. The moment you recognize it’s not YOUR path, you also need to recognize that there is another path for you somewhere and it’s time to start looking for it.
As I’ve been sharing this quote with people in my work with individuals, teams and organizations, I’ve modified it just a little to complete the thought:
“Many times we are pushed into functioning in an area that is not our highest and best use because somebody needed us to be something we were not created to be.” — AND WE STAYED THERE.