The Science of Significance

Excited to share from Thabang Oreoluwa Chukura, who is a designer, poet, and musician, who also blogs under the moniker, The Theologian’s Brother. He is currently employed by Clockwork Media and has an BSC(Hons) in Business Information Technology. Thabang has a passion for challenging people to walk in their potential and purpose. He has a heart for developing young men, has worked extensively in youth ministry, and currently serves as a leader in his local church which is His People Church(Every Nation). Enjoy.

Through the wonders of science and exploration, we know a great deal about our universe. Today, we have an unprecedented view of some of the interlinking pieces of the Great Expanse, and how even the most minute and visually undetectable things affect the fabric of what exists. The universe seems to make a single concept abundantly clear. One observation seems exceedingly difficult not to see; everything has purpose.

For all the ‘randomness’ that often seems to have birthed matter as we know it, it’s clear that everything that exists, does something. All matter in the universe seems linked in this preverbal quilt – each piece a vital part of the whole. 150 million kilometres away from us in space, there is star with no particular scientific designation, which has the right brightness and heat to create the conditions for life to exist on Planet Earth. We call it the Sun. Without its brilliant rays, and its incredible gravitational force on our planet, we would not exist. Deep within our bodies live microscopic cells called phagocytes, that protect us from infections and dispose of dying cells. They keep us alive even when we don’t know that we’re sick.

Everywhere we look we seem to find the genius of God at play, giving everything its own role and special place in the order of things.

But what about us? Has the special stuff of the universe passed us humans by? Going by the rules of homogeny, one would certainly be forgiven for thinking so. Doing what good scientists do, and observing the world around us, leaves this overwhelming feeling that most of us don’t even realise that we have something unique and valuable to contribute to the world. Many of us think that purpose is meant for someone else. Someone with privilege maybe? Perhaps someone who’s meant to ‘change the world’. Yes, “those people have purpose” we tell ourselves.

Bill Gates. Everyone knows Bill Gates. Now there’s a man with purpose. His contributions to the world in computing and philanthropy have left an indelible mark on almost every single living human’s life. As a web developer, content consumer, and writer, the effects of Bill Gates’ purpose are felt literally every day of my life. So felt are the effects of Mr Machisemu’s purpose. I don’t expect that many people will know him. He was my high school mathematics teacher, and he changed my life. I’m still terrible at maths, but Mr Machisemu did for me and many other students, what good teachers do: believe in their students, instill in them determination, and teach them how practice makes perfect.

Like the sun, Bill Gates’ achievements have been far reaching. The world has seen his purpose play out in grand fashion. Comparatively few people have seen the deep, life-altering internal change Mr Machisemu has effected in his students, like the humble, underrated phagocytes in your body. But both men have lived out a brilliant purpose. Herein lies the problem.

This is my hypothesis. There is a confusion ingrained in the idea of purpose – a delusion of grandeur. We’ve been subconsciously conditioned to think that living a life of purpose resembles the brilliance of the sun or some Moses-esque quest, when in truth, living a life of purpose resembles whatever living our lives looks like. The question is whether you know who God has created you to be.

People who do know, do significant things whether it’s from the height of the sun, or with the intimacy of the phagocyte.

Founding an NGO, or encouraging a broken friend. The very word that describes things that exist, “matter”, is the same word we use to speak of that which is important or significant. This simple idea reverberates throughout the book of Jeremiah 1. You exist, ergo you have something of importance to do in the world. You exist, therefore you matter. Make no mistake – God, in His infinite wisdom, created you for a reason.

You will change the world, on some scale or other; His grace will make sure of it.

It’s worth taking a moment to sit down, introspect, and wonder how indelibly vital you would be to the course of history if you decided to live and walk in your purpose. We’re not all born to do spectacular things, but we’re all born to do significant things. We all, every single one of us, have a purpose.

Finding out who God created you to be – this is the Science of Significance.

With Love, TC

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