The other day I was doing some household chores and I remember being quickened by the ONE who teaches us how to profit on taking a few lessons from the sprinkler. I had been thinking about gratitude and how rare it is becoming in this current world. In taking my lessons, I remembered that as I was growing up, my parents had a small lot space of where we would plant some vegetables for our consumption. When it wasn’t raining, my mother would bring out a sprinkler to water the crops. Being kids, we loved the splash and when it was time to move the sprinkler to another spot, we would race each other (without of course, stepping on the crops) to move it so that we could be splashed on.
So what was I taught?
1. Connection gives and sustains purpose
A sprinkler in the field with no connection to the water source is simply an idle implement and not serving any of it’s designed purpose. A sprinkler is meant to water a field en masse with the water that is in the main source. Same way, people are sprinklers with the ability to share the resources/ potential/ability within them to the rest of the world. However, they need to be connected to their Maker who knows their purpose in its wholeness and knows the best way it can get out and who it is to reach for maximum impact. It might be argued that you don’t have to know GOD to do your purpose on this earth. To such I would ask, then how come that even after great accomplishments people still have a void within them which as long as it is not filled everything they have accomplished does not make sense? Achievement without fulfillment is simply that – an achievement. The sense of fulfillment is what allows you to continue on that path. Without connection to the water source and if there is no more water, then the sprinkler is of no use to the field and to the owner.
2. Maintenance ensures continuity of purpose
Because of working in dirt, the splashing effect of the mud will always lead to the sprinkler being dirty and at times the nozzles become clogged. The clogging will lead to inefficiency in spreading the water and so the farmer must unclog the nozzles. It is not a pleasant exercise. Same for us. Constant relationship with our MAKER allows for HIM to remove what is no longer necessary, add what is needed, improve on the existing and renew where we are worn out. That way we are always in shape for the assignment.
3. Purpose is selfless
How many times have we found ourselves saying something like, “after all I have done for that person, they just walk away…”? Does the sprinkler ever get a word of thank you from the crops or flowers when they are fully matured/ bloomed? It will never hear the compliment that the farmer makes when bragging about his produce and economies of scale, “That sprinkler of mine is so efficient in the way it distributes water on my crops. That’s why I maintain it as I do. It has helped me reduce my water bill and time in the field quite considerably.” Genuine gratitude and appreciation are very scarce commodities in today’s world and going round expecting them in return is setting yourself up for heart-rending disappointment. Work knowing full well that the genuineness of your actions, emotions and your giving nature is fully rewarded to you on this earth by GOD HIMSELF. Human beings can never give the level of appreciation and compensation that GOD gives for simple acts done in love for humans as GOD requires us to. Disappointed expectations of gratitude are a highway to offence and bitterness.
4. Over performance may lead to unintended results.
A sprinkler put next to a fence will always water that fence and the grounds beyond the fence unless it is a brick fence in which case it will water the brick thereby wasting water (in both cases).
That one can help everybody with a problem is a fallacy. The greatest to walk the earth was unable to do great things in some places because of various reasons including unbelief. It is also said that too much of anything is poisonous. Over generosity leads to over reliance by the recipient. Too much forgiveness without repercussions for actions leads to complacency and recklessness. You can only find the moderation of your purpose in GOD your MAKER. Don’t deliver results that you were not required to produce.
5. Purpose is best accomplished when you are grounded
Have you ever seen a tilted or fallen sprinkler? It waters a lesser area, in fact, only where it lies. To accomplish your mission on earth, you must be rooted in the truths, teachings and WORD of your MAKER. There must be a relationship driven by love, grace, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. It’s a relationship that calls for daily interaction through meditation, prayer and action. Meditation and prayer to the One True GOD are the channels of connection to understand and get guidance to fulfilling one’s mission in life.
6. Partnership is key in purpose
The sprinkler supplies water to the crops. A hose pipe is the channel through which the water flows. A tap allows for turning on or off the water. You can’t fulfill your mission on earth working from an island or an underground bunker without other people. GOD PUT mission and purpose in you to benefit people-HIS most priced possession. Remember that CHRIST HIS SON died on the cross for people not for the universe and it’s systems! GOD sometimes speaks through people, HE sometimes hides the unlocking key for your next accomplishment in someone so that you can build relationships and have opportunities to expose others to the nature of GOD in you. We all need each other if we are going to get anything worthy of praise done in this lifetime. Gadgets and the advancing technology should not replace or supplement human relations activities such as talking and shaking hands.
7. Influence through purpose is not centralised
A sprinkler at optimum performance does not just water the ground and crops around where it is. It jets the water several metres away. Similarly, we should not seek to influence only those around us. Our mandate is to go into the world. A child dying of cancer may have the assignment of reminding us that there is a GOD of love. If the child posts a message in social media that says “in my passing I go to my FATHER, a better place, but I donate my body for scientific study to develop cures for other children like me… “! That is his way of influencing the world from a hospital bed. Let us learn to decentralize our influence. It does make a difference, especially for OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.