By Sandy Lee

What would happen if you used a rake when you have a hole to dig instead of a shovel?

Well, you would be worn out and extremely unproductive and the job you needed to get done will take much longer.

What would be the outcome? You’d be ineffective and get tired. You would likely also get frustrated, possibly angry and maybe even give up. The result would ultimately lead to failure. Because the purpose of a rake isn’t to dig holes. Just like shovels and rakes each have a purpose, so do we. How many of us are living with that purpose?

Why is it so important to understand your purpose? Living in your purpose leads to being effective, productive and with personal satisfaction and joy. It’s the difference between struggling through life and the ease of living a life in success.

 This success isn’t necessarily a financial success but, it is a deep knowing you are where you belong. It is waking up and knowing you are doing what is natural for you and because of that, you can in some way bless others. Living life in your purpose is still going to be hard work, but it’s waking up each day excited to do what you do. It’s waking up and thanking God that you GET to do what you do and not have to do.

When I discovered my purpose, it woke me up out of an existence that consisted of getting through the week so I could get to the weekend. Now I wake up loving each day and even when I work on the weekends, I love what everyday brings because I am living in that alignment with Gods purpose for me.

Proverbs 19:21 says; Many are the plans in a person’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

If you are digging through your life with a rake, maybe it’s time to find a coach who can help you use the right tools in order to help you dig yourself out of the hole you have found yourself passing the time in.

Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.