[God,] who has saved us and [has] called us with a holy
calling, not according to our works, but according to
His own purpose and grace which was granted us in
Christ Jesus from all eternity.
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God has not called us to be spectators trapped in unfulfilled
dreams, dwindled passion, and hopeless hunger for
the greater things we feel are beyond our reach, nor does
He want us to get comfortable in accepting mediocrity. God wants
us to wake up every morning assured and aware of our purpose
here on Earth.
If you do not know God’s assignment for your life, then how do
you suppose you will fulfill the call over your life? People who are
certain of what they were called to do have passion, zeal, and a
posture of determination. Despite the circumstances or unfavorable
events of life, they press forward to complete their assignment.
You know you are on assignment when the assignment is so
“shut up in your bones” that despite feelings of weariness, tiredness,
frustration, and wanting to walk away, you can’t because the
assignment courses through every fiber of your entire being. Even
if you wanted to quit and walk away, you couldn’t because the passion
and zeal have become part of your very existence.
If you have yet to discover your assignment, I encourage you
to start right now by asking God to reveal His great purpose for your life. Do not spend another day, hour, or minute walking in
mediocrity. It is not a coincidence that at this very moment you
are holding this book. As a matter of fact, I am almost certain you
have a longing and a desire to do more, be more, and to have more.
There comes a time when conformity ceases to exist. There also
comes a time when we feel a desperate and overwhelming need to
rise up and escape our caves of conformity.
I believe God has created alarm clocks inside each of us that
awaken our spiritual senses. It is God’s way of telling us, “Well, I
waited for you. But since you can’t wake up on your own, I will
wake you and make you uncomfortable until you are walking in
complete assurance, abundant joy, passion, and purpose.” What a
mighty God we serve! He does what He has to in order to get us
to the place where we need to be.
Do not accept your current trials or circumstances as setbacks.
Out of great chaos God provides the means for a new beginning.
Perhaps you are awakened by a thunderous noise that shakes
the foundation of your home. You discover that the most valuable
piece in the house has just been shattered beyond recognition.
You tell yourself, “No matter what I do, it’s impossible to
pick up the pieces and restore. I will never be able to put this back
together again.” The decision is yours, my friend. You can stand in
the midst of the broken pieces for hours, days, months, and years
attempting to put it all back together and never see it return to its
original form, or you can sweep up all the broken pieces and take
them to the feet of Jesus. He will know what to do with them.
Similarly, when the storms of life shake our foundation and
cause us to fall and shatter into pieces, in our brokenness we can
confidently go before Jesus, the only person who knows exactly
how to restore us to wholeness.
Sometimes in an effort to awaken us from our spiritual slumber,
God allows valuable possessions to shatter. Strength, resilience,
and dependence on God cannot be activated until there is a need.
Dependence on God requires such an active faith that as you
surrender, though you may not know what the future holds—with the belief that God is in control—you are assured that all is well.
When all is well, then you are introduced to your God-given purpose.
Out of the rubble of pain and challenges you arise to discover
and accomplish your greatest assignment.
It’s Not All About You
When Jesus spoke to His disciples, He commissioned them to “go
into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark
16:15, nkjv). In essence Jesus wanted them to know that inside
each of them was a message that others needed to hear. Let’s look
at three important principles in regard to this commission:
“Go.” What He has given you, what He has deposited
inside of you, is not to be kept in the confines of your
own personal compartment. It must be shared with
“Into all the world.” Yes, outside of you are people
whom you have been called to serve: your family, community,
a whole generation . . . You have been chosen to
make a difference in someone’s life. Perhaps the enemy
has lied to you and told you in his most deceiving and
convincing voice that you do not have purpose or that
there are others in the trenches already, therefore your
services and gifts are not needed. Well, I come against
the lies in the name of Jesus as I declare over your life
that you have indeed been chosen and destined for
more. There is a unique gift and tailor-made assignment
that is exclusively yours. There is someone out
there waiting to see you, hear you, and know you. I
invite you to receive it, believe it, embrace it, declare
it, ignite it, stir it up, and walk in it.
“Preach the gospel.” The Spirit of God is upon you. He
has anointed, separated, and selected you to help meet the needs of other human beings. Within you are
expressions of encouragement, words of wisdom, and
creative ideas. There are revelations to be revealed,
a vision to behold, and a mission to fulfill. Someone
needs to hear the good news that you, my friend, carry.
Let loose and let go. Change your thinking and walk
in your assignment, your anointing, and your gifting.
Every day you open your eyes, breathe a new breath, see the
rising sun, hear the birds singing, feel the wind blowing, and
hear the voices of your loved ones is simply an expression of God
telling you, “You are here now and alive for purpose and great
destiny.” Moreover, it is God’s way of revealing to you that the
assignment over your life is not completed. Therefore a new day
is introduced, providing a new opportunity to take hold of all that
God has deposited inside of you. It is another opportunity to make
a difference in someone’s life.
You Have Been Set Apart
Did you know that before you were born, your assignment, purpose,
and call were established? You were born for such a time as
this. God has set you apart for the assignment over your life.
In the Scriptures the Lord tells Jeremiah, “Before I formed you
in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I
appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5).
As we read this portion of Scripture, we witness a dialogue that
takes place between the Lord and Jeremiah. The Lord revealed to
Jeremiah that He knew him even before his very existence. The
Lord formed and fashioned him. He set him apart and separated
him to fulfill a great assignment. Jeremiah needed assurance of
the Lord’s providence over his life, and the Lord gave Jeremiah
But then God delivers quite an impressive assignment (Jer. 1:5,
10). Jeremiah was assigned to speak to a sinful people and was called to bring conviction. Let’s face it; this is not an easy assignment.
I imagine Jeremiah felt unequipped for this particular assignment.
We can see in verse 6 that Jeremiah did not embrace his
assignment with great enthusiasm. As a matter of fact, Jeremiah
He came up with a really good reason for why he did not believe
he was the right man for the job. He told God he did not know
how to speak (Jer. 1:6). Wait. Didn’t God clearly make known that
it was He who formed Jeremiah, knew him, and appointed him as
a prophet? Yes, He did.
I am going to make a hypothesis as to why I believe Jeremiah
said what he said. If I were in Jeremiah’s predicament, the voice of
fear would have drowned out the voice of God. In other words, the
fear in me would have taken over to become the voice of reason.
Like Jeremiah, many of us to think we can pick and choose what
assignment we are going to embrace—as if we have a choice.
Trust me, there were plenty of times when God clearly reminded
me that He had already established and set me apart for a specific
assignment. It was already written, declared, and established.
I could not escape it even if I wanted to. I attempted every excuse
I could think of. I even rationalized my excuses by trying to use
God’s inspired Word as justification. Ah, the things we do when
we allow the voices of insecurity and inadequacy to take over.
Now, this is not always intentional. Sometimes it is difficult to
accept God’s great plan and purpose for our lives. His plan is so
much greater than ours. It has unlimited possibilities. I mean, why
would God trust you or me to execute an assignment with all our
inabilities, shortcomings, insecurities, fears, and doubts? I’ll tell
you why: it is because God knows us better than we know ourselves.
This means that whatever you think you are incapable of
doing, God, by setting you up for a particular assignment, has
already declared, “You can!” When you think you do not have the
right words, know the right people, or have the right resources, let
me remind you that “the one who calls you is faithful and he will
do it” (1 Thess. 5:24).
A Glimpse of His Favor
At a very young age I knew there was something peculiar about
me. I grew up in a Christian household. We attended church at
least four times a week. The church I grew up in had a thriving
children’s program. Thursday evenings we had children’s service.
Children led worship, ministered in song, and even delivered
It wasn’t until I was eleven years old that I was asked to sing a
worship song. You see, I had been waiting for this moment. No
one knew this, but one evening while at home, I began to sing.
And for the first time my voice was unfamiliar to me. I realized I
had a gift. I could sing; yes, I could sing!
Imagine, eleven years old and discovering a gift that was a kept
secret until that very moment when God told everything around
me to stop, to be silent, because He had something He wanted me
to hear. He wanted me to hear the gift He had deposited inside of
me. I remember saying to myself, “I can’t wait till Thursday! I am
going to sing!” But guess what? Thursday came around, and while
I made my way to the front row, someone asked if I would sing.
By the end of the song I experienced the warmth of people as they
arose and glorified and worshipped God. I was not sure of what
was happening, but I knew I had a gift that was greater than what
I had initially realized. It went beyond singing; this gift provoked
people to rise up and give God praise.
When God deposits something inside of us, it cannot be taken
lightly. Whatever comes from God is bound to have an impact
first on you and then on others around you. Something happened
inside of me; there was a stirring that ignited in me a desire to
discover God’s plan for my life. Hence, the process had begun. I
realize now that this was simply the beginning of the assignment
and call over my life. I was given an assignment that would impact
people and make room for God’s favor over my and their lives.
Through my voice people would be introduced to God. Whether
through singing or through speaking, God had set me apart!
What if I told you I am an introvert? Yes, this girl right here
stood on the altar for the very first time and sang with her eyes
closed the entire ten minutes that felt more like ten hours! I was
petrified, but I did not allow fear to stop me because I had just
experienced a glimpse of God’s favor.
You see, when God’s assignment and purpose over your life
enters the core of your very being, it pushes you into unknown
dimensions. All of a sudden your dreams become larger than life,
and you are open to a world of possibilities as you confront fear
face-to-face and move boldly in your assignment. Despite your
feelings of fear or insecurity, you are propelled to move forward.
Your assignment becomes a lifestyle. You move in your assignment
and live your life as a vessel used by God.
People Will Know You by Your Assignment
As a mother I know I am assigned to care for and nurture my two
daughters. Motherhood is not the easiest of assignments. There
have been moments where I have felt inadequate; I have been tested
to the core, challenged in various areas of my life, and sought desperately
to have the right answers. However, despite everything
that comes my way, I am still my daughters’ mother—this is my
assignment! I cannot run from it. I could not deny it if I wanted to.
Parenting is part of who I am. When my daughters introduce me
to their friends, they begin their introductions with, “This is my
mom.” They affirm my assignment every time they call me mom.
As a pastor, working alongside my amazing husband, I am called
to shepherd a flock—a wonderful
flock, may I add—of amazing
people. Assuming the role and responsibilities of the pastorate is
also part of who I am. This too is my assignment.
Every time I am called mom, wife, and pastor, I am reminded of
my assignment to serve others. I am also reminded of the responsibility
I have to exercise self-care so that I can give the very best
of me, so that I can give the very best of what God has deposited
inside of me.
Truth is, we cannot give what we do not possess. We can try
to “fake it until we make it,” but I don’t buy it. We cannot think
we can fake being joyful and believe that we can give fake joy to
someone else. This is why I stepped out of my comfort zone and
took a leap of faith to pen the pages of this book. My goal is to
shine a light or provide a beacon of hope—hope that will ignite
you to understand that conformity, mediocrity, lack of passion,
and maintaining the status quo just won’t cut it. Because God has
called you to so much more, something needs to change.
Discovery, activation, and revelation of your purpose, assignment,
and call will not materialize until you recognize that
without God it is impossible to successfully carry out the mission
bestowed upon you. The truth is, dependency on God is necessary,
if not crucial, to becoming a successful agent of change in
the hands of God. You must understand that you are not selfsufficient
but completely dependent on God. Everything must be
aligned—your spirit, your thinking, your emotions, and yes, your
Spiritual Alignment Comes First
Have you heard the term spiritual alignment
? I am sure you have.
The Free Dictionary
as “the adjustment of parts
in relation to each other”;1 for example, bringing forth to a straight
line or an alliance where two parts come together arranged in
the same form. Therefore, to be spiritually
aligned is to be parallel
with God as it pertains to His plan and purpose for your
life; hence, your assignment. Let me warn you, this process can
be painful. Try to straighten up completely erect after spending a
long time bent over.
The Bible speaks of a woman who had this kind of experience
in Luke chapter 13. This woman was bent over and could not
straighten up for eighteen years. The Scripture says that a spirit
caused her posture to be as such and afflicted her. Now imagine
this woman looking down all the time, unable to straighten up. I imagine how difficult it must have been to wake up every morning
misaligned, unable to stand erect. This woman must have endured
great pain. Furthermore, the limitations endured and opportunities
missed as a result of her condition perhaps caused emotional
and psychological distress. This was not a good place to be.
Yet many have made distress their dwelling place, as it feels ever
present in their lives.
There are women and men who are living their lives crippled
by spirits. Depression, anxiety, distress, fears, guilt, and regret, to
name a few, have been carefully tucked under smiles, praises, eloquent
words, and titles. This is not God’s plan for you! This is not
God’s plan for anyone!
The enemy wants your spirit depleted of all that is good, of all
that produces growth, peace, love, and passion. God wants you to
live an abundant life.
When the darts of the enemy are launched toward your spirit
with no mercy, they affect all aspects of your being. What you are
dealing with is spiritual! If God is going to manifest His glory in
your life, then spiritual alignment must take place. As you get in
unison with God and seek to go to a deeper level, the depths and
revelation of His Word get into the nooks and crannies of your
soul, ridding you of everything that brings to a halt God’s perfect
plan for your life.
Remember my story of my being eleven years old and God
starting me on a journey to discovering my assignment? Well,
those were the days, my friend. I was walking in absolute bliss,
happy to know I was special to God. Oh, what a feeling. My posture
was upright as I affirmed vociferously, “I am sure of who I
am.” But the inevitable happened. I grew up. Seasons changed
and life happened. I lost sight of the fact that I needed to nurture
my spirit man. I got so engrossed in ministry that I forgot the
minister in me needed care as well. In a nutshell, I had missed
My posture began to change so much that I could not see the
greater plan for my future. I allowed all kinds of unhealthy things that may have seemed harmless at first to change my posture and
knock me out of alignment. I was not in alignment with God. I
got ahead of myself in some areas and fell behind in others. As
a matter of fact, I might as well confess that a spirit of idleness
came over me like a warm, cozy blanket. For a season I made sure
I did not embrace any
assignment that would keep me from my
Let’s face it; sometimes it just feels good to do absolutely nothing.
I knew better, though. I knew this was not who God had created
me to be. This was certainly not God’s plan for my life, and let me
reiterate, it is not God’s plan for you either. The Bible clearly tells
us that “the soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the
soul of the diligent is richly supplied” (Prov. 13:4, esv). The truth
is, I avoided doing the work.
Funny how sometimes we want all the perks from heaven, yet
we don’t want to reach for heaven to get them. Spiritual alignment
is going to require you to sit in God’s presence and allow Him
to cleanse you of all your impurities and toxins. You are going
to have to pray until you are certain that you are aligned with
God’s purpose and will for your life. It does not always feel good.
You will have to seek Him through Scripture, devotional time, and
moments of silence. As a result you will begin to recognize His
voice and understand His will and assignment for your life.
Being fit for your assignment requires that the work begin on
the inside. For those who have been wounded, hurt, abused, mistreated,
and abandoned, the mere thought of having to start here
can be extremely overwhelming. Before I go on, let me encourage
you, God has a greater purpose and plan for your life. There is
more He wants to do in and through you. There are bigger dreams
and higher dimensions to which He wants to take you. You must
first look deep inside of you
and bring out all that needs adjusting,
aligning, ridding, molding, and cleansing. Don’t be afraid. God is
going to carry you through it. I know it can be difficult, but are
you willing to risk watching your life pass by without ever discovering
the greatness that resides inside of you?
I want you to know that I too wanted to run and hide the very
moment I discovered the truth about myself. “What truth?” you
ask. Well, where do I start? First, I discovered that God wanted
to do much more, but I was the only one who was hindering and
putting at risk all that God wanted to endow me with. I had placed
limits and barriers, which I refused to remove. There were doors
opening for me to speak beyond the East Coast, yet I allowed fear
to set barricades that would keep me from walking onto an airplane
and taking flight. Any event that required me to fly, I would
ask my assistant to reject.
What was I doing? Did I really think I could close doors that
God had opened? Yes, I did! But at that time I did what every good
Christian with a conscience would do: I justified my bad behavior.
I would say, “Lord, I know You understand me because You created
me.” Yes, I used grace and mercy to keep me covered. But
if I told you that some of us take advantage
of grace and mercy,
would you agree with me?
It is so much easier to live in bliss, engrossed in some manmade
definition of grace and mercy, than to live by biblical principles.
These principles cause you to be governed by God’s truths,
which clearly shout out that transforming work begins with you.
You must make a decision to accept the changes God wants to
provide for your life. The Bible says, “Do not conform any longer
to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s
will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom. 12:2). Reality
check: grace and mercy are available to all of us. However, we
must gracefully and mercifully move into action by engaging in
the process and task set before us.
We have to decide we are going to do whatever is necessary to
partner with God as we move forward to becoming fit in all areas
of our lives. We are not leaving any internal room untouched.
We are going in and we are going to turn the light on, clean out
the clutter, and rearrange the furniture in an effort to house the treasures, blessings, dreams, vision, purpose, and destiny God
has for us.
The moment I decided I was going to embrace truth and set
myself on a path to becoming fit for my assignment, I knew I had
to be accountable to someone. It is not easy to let go of habits,
faulty thinking, and all the other stuff that hinders our purpose.
Who was I fooling? I had convinced myself for years that I was
doing well, reaching and achieving all that I had set my mind to
do. Yes, deep down inside my soul I knew that there was more.
There had to be. I had wasted too many days regretting things I
couldn’t finish; hence my overeating, weariness, tiredness, overwhelming
fears, and often feeling frustrated with myself.
Thinking back, it was hard to get up at times and face the fact
that others were ahead of me, that others had greater discipline,
more focus, better plans, and greater resources. Yes, sometimes
while on assignment, rather than focusing on what is in front of
us and moving toward it, we spend precious moments focused
on those around us who are doing better, becoming greater, and
achieving more. What a waste of my time that was! Goodness gracious,
did I delay the process!
Well, I had made up my mind. I knew myself all too well. As a
professional procrastinator and professional at sitting on the sidelines,
I knew that at any moment I would stop what I had started
and more than likely spend a good portion of my life planning
to become fit rather than taking the steps toward activation.
God dealt with me about this, and consequently I created a secret
group on Facebook where I began to post my journey. I was going
to be accountable to somebody, or should I say, more than 750
somebodies, who later joined me on this journey. I invited women
to my secret group (Fit for Your Assignment) and remained real,
raw, and relevant, and off I went on my journey toward becoming
As someone once said, “I wish you a very good journey to an
unknown you’ve never seen.”2
I am convinced there are three kinds of people:
Those who know their assignment and are living
it out every day, walking in the fullness of joy, and
reaping from all the seeds they have sown while on
Those who have yet to discover their assignment and
have settled in conformity and routine. They work
jobs that are unfulfilling, regret wrong decisions, feel
guilty about not contributing, and lack meaning and
Those who know their assignment, yet their lives are
such a mess that they spend their days overwhelmed
with guilt, knowing they should be doing more but
inhibited by all the chaos that surrounds them.
1. Of these three kinds of people, which do you think best
describes you? Why?
2. What has God awakened in you concerning this chapter?