By Janet K. Museveni
How to fulfill God’s purpose for your life
It is a brand new week, guys, and I hope you are well.
This past week has been an amazing week as we saw our young people raise our country’s flag high on the global map.
We could call it a golden week, Peruth Chemutai won gold on Wednesday and as we held our breath on Friday, Joshua Cheptegei did us proud again, by winning another gold in addition to the silver he had won earlier and Kiplimo’s bronze.
What a blessing, what a joy!
My prayer is that this will encourage you my young friends to know and believe that you can fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
I pray, that we each find our own race and go for gold just like Joshua and Peruth.
How do you do this? You may ask.
This week, I will share with you just one way you can do this. That is, by rejecting every stereotype, every label that others place on you and believing that you can.
We live in a negative world, where people label others and criticize what others do. Please know that people do not determine your destiny.
Therefore, In order to fulfill God's purpose for your life, you must know with certainty that you have all you need to fulfill your dream otherwise God would not have given it to you.
I am sure many of you have watched a short video of Joshua Cheptegei that is doing rounds on social media. This is what he said in that video, “I tell myself, you are the best, I needed to just believe in myself and say, Joshua, you can be the best in the world”.
The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
So it all starts in your mind.
I have always told you about a young man in the Bible, Joseph who beat all odds to become the Prime Minister of Egypt even after his own siblings sold him into slavery because they were jealous of him.
So if some “expert” has told you that you will never amount to anything, or that you are not good enough, or don’t qualify to do what God has assigned you to do, you first talk to God, the one who created you and knew your end from the beginning, He is the one who will empower you, discipline you, give you the wisdom to believe that you are the best for your dream, and He is the one who will ensure your success. Let me give you another example I read about.
There was this legendary basketball coach called Dale Brown, of a very well-known Basketball team in the US. He happened to be speaking to a group of soldiers at a military base in California.
When he finished, a young man came up to him and he was about seven feet tall and weighed 250 pounds(113 kgs).
He asked the coach whether he could try basketball “but I can barely jump, when I run up and down the court, my legs tire out so quickly that I can only play a few minutes”. Then the Coach asked him how long he had been in the military? “I am not in the military, Coach, it’s my father who is. I am thirteen years old”.
Coach Brown apparently immediately decided to take this young man under his wing.
Therefore, he told him that he would send him his training program.
“It will help strengthen your legs and increase your endurance” Coach Brown said. After about three months of this boy’s hard work in the gym and weight room working out, another Junior Coach who was in charge of this boys’ team just cut him out of the team, telling him, that “he is too big, too slow, too clumsy and that he will never be able to play basketball.”
Coach Brown once again talked to this boy and told him to keep working out, to keep being the best he can be and keep asking God to help him to get where he is supposed to be.
Now it was time for this boy to decide whether he was willing to allow the labels the other coach put on him, i.e. too big, too slow, too clumsy be his definition throughout his life or let the dream God put in his heart be his drive trusting God to ensure his success.
He decided to remove the negative labels.
That young man is Shaquille O’Neal the famous basketball legend.
He ended up playing college Basketball for Coach Brown and breaking all the basketball records and became one of the greatest basketball players who ever played the game.
Apparently, today there is a bronze statue of Shaquille the Clumsy kid who could barely Jump.
That is how you too, can fulfill your God’s purpose for your life. Remove any label anybody may have dared to put on you and you first keep your eyes on God and know that He is true to Himself and He created you as His masterpiece, you are one of a kind and you are valuable to Him and to yourself.
Have a blessed week, we shall continue this conversation next week!
God bless you!
The writer is the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports