I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted - Job 42:2 ESV
On February 1, 1960 four young black students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College (now known as North Carolina A & T State University) walked into a Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro, NC.
At this time, they were denied service because the official policy was to refuse service to anyone except whites. These four students- Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil sat quietly at the lunch counter even though they were not served.
The police were called, but did not take any action since the four did not provoke anyone during their protest. The four students stayed at the counter for the entire day until the store closed.
The students, now known as the Greensboro 4, returned the next day with even more students that they had recruited from local colleges. Despite the increased number of participants, Woolworth stated that they would maintain their segregated policy.
By February 5th, approximately 300 students had joined in the protest at Woolworth's. This action paralyzed the business of Woolworth's along with those of other local businesses. In order to keep the protest going, the students organized their schedules so that someone would always be there to occupy the counter.
The momentum generated by the Greensboro 4 spread to 55 cities in 13 states. As a result of their efforts, many dining facilities across the South started integrating by the summer of 1960.
The success of the movement was rooted in the fact that the students persisted in their efforts until they reached their goal. They had a purpose and focused on attaining it.
Men, what is it in our lives are we called to do? What is our God given purpose that we are called to fulfill? If you have a purpose that God has called you to do, rest assured that it will happen. How do I know? Let's look at what Job experienced.
Job knew that God, with his unlimited power, knowledge and dominion provides man with all that he needs to accomplish His will. Job knew of God's power beforehand, but could attest to this power even more after his experiences.
My brothers, this power is available to you as well. I think of times that I was truly convinced of what my purpose was, but shrank from the challenge because of my perceived inability to accomplish it. It was only when I realized where my true source of power originated from, was I able to start moving toward my purpose.
It's not easy to maintain the focus of accomplishing your purpose. I admittedly veer off of the path to living out my purpose from time to time. It is during these times, that I have to recalibrate and tap into the power that God provides for you to persevere.
Like the Greensboro 4, you have the ability to focus your efforts on a worthwhile purpose and make lasting change.
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are a number of you reading this that are sitting on the sidelines. You possess the ability to make positive change in this world if you start living out your purpose.
Have you identified your purpose? If so, are you living it out? If not, what's keeping you from doing so? Please engage in the conversation by commenting below.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.