”Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”
Let’s play a word association game. I say a word, and you notice the first word or words that come to mind.
You might have thought, bed, sleep, nap, or something in that family. These all have something to do with letting your body take a break or lying down. In a way, that’s what I want to share about today, but the focus is giving your mind and emotions a break, not just your body. As entrepreneurs, we tend to push ourselves pretty hard. We often work long or strange hours, and things may be a little more disorganized or messy as a result. I know for myself, I work and play and rest very differently when things are tidy than when they are messy. I am able to be at rest better when things are in their places and there...
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
~Psalm 138:8 (ESV)~
I never thought of myself as a super productive person. My life often felt a little chaotic. However, people were always asking me how I managed to accomplish all of the things that I do —I am the vice-chair and treasurer at my church, I lead the tech team there, I have three kids who are all teenagers, I run a business, I prioritize connection with friends, I love to travel, and so on. It wasn’t until I was taking part in a Life-Focus workshop as part of my coaching certification that I realized that God had been speaking to me about my purpose for many years, through what I was passionate about and did naturally. I was answering some of the same questions that are included at the end of this post. After I reflected on my past, I had clarity on two things: One, I...
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.”
~Hebrews 4:9-10 (NIV)~
In stressful times where everything has turned upside down and we are struggling to find our bearings, it is important to be compassionate—not just to each other but to ourselves. Some of us may be working at the pace or quality that we were before, and some of us may be struggling. It can be hard to know what to do with that shift and change. Brené Brown, one of my favorite thinkers and writers, said something intriguing that I think could change everything, if we let it. The idea is that if you believe that people are doing the best that they can at any given time, you will have a much more positive outlook than those who believe that people are not doing the best that they can. So let me ask you this: whether you are doing great...
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
~Psalm 16:9 (NIV)~
Once you begin understanding your purpose and why you do what you do, your priorities will start to make more sense—and things that shouldn’t be important will start to fall away. What if I told you that you could do all the things that were important to you? I promise it’s not a trick. Your first response might sound something like, “I don’t have enough time”. That seems like a reasonable answer and may even feel true. However, the truth is that we all have the same amount of time. The key is to ask ourselves if the task or demand we are considering aligns with our why, if we want to make it a priority at this time. That way, we can make intentional decisions about what to say yes and no to—and not have to feel guilty either way. Let this be an encouragement. We have the time; we just have to...
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
~Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)~
Vision. Purpose. Calling. We use these words both in faith and business, although not always with intention. They have a certain energy to them, a sense of momentum if you will. However, if most of us were asked what our purpose was on the spot right now, we might have a hard time answering. If we are work and action-oriented, we turn to our careers for a response.. Or perhaps if we are more focused on the people side of things, we talk about the value we add to their families or other loved ones. While not bad places to start, we miss the larger scope if we stop there. Our purpose is about why we do what we do, and that is more complicated than just work or relationships.
I was in the middle of my master’s degree in Practical Theology when I...