what is the purpose of your existence?
Destiny as a strong notion describes what one is meant to be, meant to achieve, meant to contribute, one’s sole calling to life.
Destiny as a word originates from a Latin word destinata, feminine past participle of destinare ‘make firm, establish. to Middle English from Old French- destinee. The dictionary attributes it to the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate. OR, that to which any person or thing is destined; predetermined state; condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom.
The biblical understanding of destiny, on the other hand, is our identity in Christ Jesus as sole heirs with HIM, and the understanding that we are called to take territory establishing his kingdom on earth and spread the good news and make disciples of all nations.
Florence’s understanding of this notion is no so far from these digits.
Years back right after University I applied to restless development Uganda in the same program that I was an intern in, As a volunteer Peer educator. I was drawn to volunteer because as an intern I was interested in working in remote villages to create some kind of relief for the youth that didn’t have the same opportunities I did growing up. I imagined the experience to be interesting but it has been so much more.
I was later called to be a team leader, the youngest they have ever had and boy was I in for a journey.
I came from an individual who barely managed myself to a young lady who managed 28 volunteers in the first cycle and 36 volunteers in the next cycle.
Throughout this journey, I learned all about the young person that I am how I could change the world around me by just speaking to one young person in these communities.
I wasn’t comfortable to sit and watch so much poverty and the cycle it took. I realized that I needed to step up and lead, how young I did not matter anymore because the world I witnessed working in these communities is not one I wanted to live in.
At Florence I didn’t expect my experience as a team leader to be difficult, how hard could it be. The challenges came from working with a team of people from different backgrounds and countries. I was groomed to be assertive and have my way, I was in for a shock because my fellow team leaders proved me wrong. We constantly fought about how to manage the team. And the fact that I was the only African in the group made me self conscious about being the minority and making me feel sorry for myself.
I learned that I didn’t need to fight for my position to lead but my actions would speak for themselves. I realized that I didn’t need to be on top of everything but I would trust the team I was in to handle things.
I learned that keeping silent and listening was more important than me constantly trying to make my point.
I learned to trust in my ability to lead and not second guess myself because a whole team relied on me.