“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
~Galatians 6:9 (ESV)~
Have you ever thought about habits as a gateway to your dreams? Maybe that sounds strange, but think about it. There are aspects of your life and personhood that you want to change, as all of us do, in order to continue transforming into our glorious best selves. There are actions that you want to take, and even build into your life. Your future self, that dream self, can be reached one action and habit at a time. But it can take a lot of effort to always muscle the willpower it takes to make good choices. It is a better economy of time and energy to weave the things you want to do into your routine, so that you don’t even have to think about them much.
But I want to encourage you to step away from the obligation-based “doing” of it all, and imagine your life as a garden. Every choice...
“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...
“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...