Either You Are Doing The Assignment You Were Created To Do Or You Aren’t.
What is convergence? It is the technical word researchers use to describe what many have called “destiny.” Years ago I had the privilege ofteaching a graduate class at the same time as the renowned Dr. Robert “Bobby” Clinton. He was talking about convergence—and the term sparked something in me. Spanning a 30-year period at Fuller Theological Seminary, Clinton is the only academic I am aware of who compiled data on destiny. That makes his commentary on “destiny” more valuable than any source I know.
I have worked with this subject for over a decade coaching leaders globally in the 7M World (touching the seven mountains of influence). Here is my take on Clinton’s 6 LIFE STAGES and how they tie into a prophetic destiny:
1. Sovereign Beginnings: This represents your time in history, your family of origin, nation, birth order, and natural talents.
2. Spiritual Formation: This is the journey that formed your spiritual values and perspective.
3. Gift Discovery and Development: This is what you do best and what you love to do most.
4. Life Maturing: This is the process of how the pressures and experiences of jobs, finances, marriage, family … life and how it forms you.
5. Convergence: Convergence happens when your gifts, talents, and acquired skills “converge” with a role that empowers you to do what you do best—smack dab in the center of Gods prophetic purpose!
6. Legacy or Afterglow: This occurs during the years lived when you watch over your contribution in convergence. You become a model of possibility for others.
For me, convergence is not just a life phase, it’s the ultimate state of feeling alive – it’s the “actualization” state described by the brilliant Abraham Maslow…its Abundant Life!
AND less than 20% of leaders studied in a 30-year group actually felt they entered into this place of destiny!
- You have visited “convergence” whenever you enter the “zone:” a place where you feel as if you are walking in the script written for you by heaven before you were born.
- It is the intersection of God’s purpose and your life.
- When you enter this zone your path is overtaken with strange and meaningful coincidences.
Cracking the Convergence Code™ starts by asking some incisive questions:
1. Looking at the six stages, what stage are you in? (1. Sovereign Beginnings, 2. Spiritual Formation, 3. Gift Discovery and Development, 4. Life Maturing, 5. Convergence, 6. Legacy or Afterglow)
2. Can you remember times in your life when you entered the convergence zone? What were you doing? How much time are you spending there in your current work?
3. Do you know this seasons assignment? Notice, I said “this season” assignment, because the convergence zone is entered throughout your life in a series of promotions from one assignment to the next. You will change career paths at least four times – and each life stage has endings and beginnings connected to your assignments. What’s your assignment right now?
This last point about assignments is important and may need a future blog post. I used to hyper focus on the issue of convergence as a goal wrapped up in one significant life stage…. at the end of life, but not anymore. Every season is an invitation to convergence at the level of “being” if not fully in the work you are “doing.”
- Your whole life isn’t about just one moment … it is about EVERY moment. You have numerous “micro-convergence” phases and stages and promotions along the way.
- Your life is like a great symphony that builds to a climax—many individual notes with crescendos and decrescendos, developed across several movements to tell a moving story!
Consider this: Daniel would have never made history in the lion’s den had he failed the competition with the other Babylonian captives in his role at the King’s court.
Nail your current assignment!
At the end of your life only one thing will matter: Did you do the thing God put you on earth to do? Did you finish the work (credit delaney)? Did you become all that you were gifted and capable of becoming? Jesus was only 33 when he summarized his life in a final prayer: “Father, I have finished the work You have given me to do.”
There it is—the most important statement you could ever make is “I FINISHED THE WORK!”
Therefore, the most important question you will ever answer is: “What is the work you are called to do?”