I took on someone else’s assignment today. A friend had an issue that I knew I could “fix,” make happen, take care of it and get positive results. In the midst of trying to take it on, I felt negative emotions. I thought the negative energy was due to the problem, however, when I was able to get still and explore it, the negative energy existed because I intervened in an assignment that was not mine to do.
Negative emotions are signals there is incongruous with our mind and spirit. I thought if I could fix it, the problem would go away. When you feel negative emotions, it is important not to dismiss that feeling, but to tap into it, see it, name it and decide what you need to do about it. In this case, I decided I needed to let it go and give it to God for re-assignment.
Assignments are those duties, problems, tasks or activities that come to our attention to solve because we have the unique gifts or talents to take care of it. Usually an assignment is meant to help someone else. I have had many assignments over the years, particularly in the workplace. When the assignment came to me, I knew it was an assignment because either the concern was a job-related problem that I could solve or the issue had little to do with my job, but required that I use other talents to assist the individual. Often, in the workplace, we require that individuals leave their faith at home, however, when one seeks to fulfill their assignment, it can take place anywhere, even in the workplace.
Having an assignment is God’s way of getting things done in the universe. After all, God has to work through us to do good works for others.
There have been times when I have rejected my assignment, particularly when I was assigned to help someone who had not been kind to me. The more I tried to get away from addressing the assignment, the more it called to me. We don’t get to pick and choose our assignments, we are only the vessel to facilitate the solution. These situations taught me to be humble and to be used for the purpose of helping others in need.
By completing these assignments, we move closer to fulfilling our life purpose. Each assignment has a purpose not only for the person we are helping, but also for our growth and development. We can see assignments throughout history in the Bible. Moses was given the assignment to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. Joshua led the children of Israel across the river Jordan. David was a warrior to the children of Israel. Solomon was assigned to build a temple. John the Baptist was a voice in the wilderness to prepare the way for Jesus. In essence, “we are God’s workmanship created for good works.”
Can you look back over time and see the assignments you were given? Did they require that you use your unique gifts and talents to complete the assignment? Did they require that you use a gift or talent that moved you closer to your life purpose? Do you have an assignment today? As you seek to fulfill your life purpose, look for the assignments given to you along the journey. When each of us completes our assignments, we get closer to being a community dedicated to helping others.