It has become increasingly more and more important for me to do this episode about how to invest with purpose in discovering your purpose.
In this episode, I’m covering why you must invest in your purpose, the three types of investments you will need to make in your purpose, and guiding principles for your investments.
First, an investment is the allocation of resources with the expectation of future benefits or advantages. What you invest in not only shows what you are expecting to receive a return on, it shows what you are committed to.
I know this to be true but the Bible also confirms this in Matthew chapter six, verse twenty-one. This verse in the amplified version says, “for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.”
It may seem weird to invest in something that God created you to do, but the truth is investing in God’s vision for your life shows Him that you’re ready to partner with Him.
God doesn’t force us to do His will. He invites us. When you make an investment into His will, that investment reveals that you aren’t just talking about it but you’re taking steps to be in alignment with God’s purpose for your life.
The bottom line is, when you are serious about something, you invest in it.
When you are unwilling to invest in something, it shows you are not fully committed to it.
Three Things You Need to Invest in Your Purpose
There are three things that you will absolutely need to invest in your purpose is time, money, and energy. I’m going to break these down individually to give you a comprehensive look at how they each play a role not just in the discovery of your purpose but in the execution of it.
First, is time. Time is the most precious commodity out of the three investments because it’s the only one that you can’t get back or renew. This makes it one of your most valuable assets. How you spend your time determines what you get back in return.
How you spend your time determines what you receive in exchange for your time. As we spend time doing what we want, the thing we tend to miss completely, is what our time is actually worth and what we are forfeiting by spending our time doing whatever it is that we may be doing at any given moment.
When you understand the value of your time, you make better decisions.
If you want to discover your purpose, you will have to spend time doing the work to discover it. There is no way around this.
Purpose isn’t something we pick up and do whenever we feel like it. It’s our work. It’s the thing we were created to do. I’m not saying that your purpose has to be the job you work from 9-5, Monday through Friday. I am saying that it is something you prioritize and do consistently.
Next is energy. When I say energy, I mean your exertion of power. Your effort. While I don’t believe energy is your most precious commodity, it is still extremely valuable to you.
The thing about energy is that isn’t easy to renew and most people already don’t have a lot of energy to spare. Think about the last time you were tired. Like, what did it take for you to recharge and feel energized again? If you’re an introvert like me, then recharging can require a lot of time alone that you may not have if you’re married, have children or have to spend a large amount of time around other people. This ends up putting you in an energy deficit.
To prevent this, you want to make sure your energy is being renewed and refilled so that your supply remains strong and you want to use the energy you have more efficiently and strategically. In other words, you want to use your best, highest, and most productive energy on things that matter most to you.
The last thing I want to cover in this episode that you will need to invest in your purpose is money. Money is where Satan really likes to deceive us so it’s important that I break this down. I’m going to start with the origin of money and its purpose.
Money is a medium of exchange. It’s a measure of value, or a means of payment for something. Money is a tool that allows you to get what you need or what you want.
When it comes to investing money into something like our God-given purpose, money is never really our real issue. Money isn’t the issue because money is all around us. Our issue is that we don’t trust God to give us something valuable in return.
We don’t trust God to return our investment to us, and we don’t trust God to provide for us. This is the real reason why we don’t invest money into what He has called us to do.
Trusting God to do big things doesn’t just happen for most people. It starts with having faith in Him to do small things. Then you work your way up to believing Him for bigger things.
You may be reading this to thinking, “well, Pavielle I trust God to give me a return, I just don’t have the money.” I hear you and my response is, “but what have you done to get the money?”
Maximize Your Resources
Let’s take a look at some tips for how to decide when to invest your time, money, and energy
- Identify key important areas of your life. Consider making a list of things that you want to focus on for the next 4-6 months.
- Prioritize 2-3 of these areas for the remainder of this quarter or year. Place what you want to focus on more intently at the top of your list.
- Allocate how much time, money, and energy you will spend on these areas. If something comes up that requires your time, money, or energy, it’s good practice to see how it lines up with your list of priorities you identified in step 2.
Guiding Principles of Investing
Guiding principles are a set of moral values that establishes a framework for expected behavior and decision-making. These principles apply to each investment I covered in this episode.
- In investing, risk and return are two sides of the same coin. Low risk generally means low expected returns. Higher returns are usually accompanied by higher risk.
- The type of investment you choose will likely depend on what you seek to gain and how sensitive you are to the risk involved.
- There are different methods of how you can invest. You can DIY your investment and spend a lot of time and energy figuring it out yourself. Or, you can hire a professional to help you. This will take more money, but significantly less time.
When someone in the Bible wanted something, they had to invest something to get it.
- The widow woman who had no money had to invest time and energy into collecting empty jars from her neighbors. Then, she had to spend time pouring oil into all of them. But her return was great. Her sons weren’t sold into slavery and she was able to sell the oil. Then she used that money to pay her debts. She was even able to live off of the remainder of the money.
- Noah had to invest time, money, and energy into building the ark. The list goes on. We must invest with purpose in our purpose.
God doesn’t force His will on you. You have free will, which means you have to decide to do the will of God. Doing God’s will doesn’t just happen by chance.
In purpose and in life, there comes a point where what you need doesn’t match up with what you have, and you will have to decide whether to take the leap to invest in what you need.
Your investment into your purpose is a catalyst. A catalyst causes something to happen more quickly than it otherwise would.
If you are ready to take the next step to start investing in your purpose, then check out a free 2-minute quiz I created that will help you find your unique path to your purpose. It will require that you invest some of your time.
The quiz is the next best step because it will guide you to the things you can start working on now that will set you up for success before you do the work of positioning yourself for purpose.
You can find the quiz over at pavielle.com/purpose-quiz. Your quiz results will get you started on the right path.
After you get your results, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think about them. You’ll get them immediately after you take the quiz, but I’ll also email them to you so that you can refer back to them later.
I’m looking forward to talking to you about them and I hope you have a better understanding of how to invest with purpose in your purpose.
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