Who is your purpose?

It’s frustrating to wonder what your purpose is, and it’s not just kids wondering what they’re going to be when they grow up, either. Many adults are searching for their purpose too, asking, “Why am I here?”

I think we should look at this differently. I don’t think our purpose is a “thing.” I don’t think my purpose is a business, a task, or a project. When we worry about our purpose we are lessening our faith in God’s work, and frankly I’m not sure God has only one purpose for each of us.

Let’s consider thinking about our purpose with a twist. Instead of wondering “What am I here for?”, ask, “Who am I here for?” (more…)

There are always two ways to frame our outlook on life. Two options for how we choose to view and react to our present circumstances. We can dwell on the disappointments, the sadness, the frustrating. Or we can choose to focus on the encouraging, the uplifting, the good in the midst of the bad.  Of course, flipping our negative perspective into a positive one doesn’t change the realities of a crummy situation, but it does change how we go through it.

The holidays have a way of bringing out the best and sometimes the worst in us, so over the next few days, I’d like to challenge you to:

  • Choose to be grateful for access to good food and the money to buy it as you stand in those long grocery lines.
  • Choose to be grateful for safe, reliable transportation as you encounter the bumper-to-bumper traffic that accompanies a busy shopping season.
  • Choose to be grateful for warm homes, warm clothes, and warm workplaces in the midst of winter’s coming cold.
  • Choose to be grateful for your in-laws. If it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t have your spouse!

This season, challenge yourself not to regard “thanksgiving” as simply an event or a meal (or a whole lot of work!), but as an action that you will commit to doing more of in every season. It won’t erase your challenges, but it will improve your outlook and, most importantly, it will encourage others along the way.

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns;
I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Unknown

There are always two ways to frame our perspectives on life, yet we often take the roses-have-thorns point of view. What if we chose a different mindset?

  • Choosing to be thankful for our jobs, even if we arrive there following a long, bumper-to-bumper commute.
  • Choosing to be thankful for problem teammates. They afford us the opportunity to impact them in a positive way.
  • Choosing to be thankful for those high-maintenance clients; it is their business that helps keep us employed.
  • Choosing to be thankful for a sink full of dirty dishes. It means our family is well fed.
  • Choosing to be thankful for a messy house; even our most modest of homes would be considered luxurious in much of the world.
  • Choosing to be thankful for our democracy. Even if we didn’t vote for all the individuals in office, at least we have the freedom to vote.
  • Choosing to be thankful for tough times; those are the moments that prepare us for something bigger.

Real Thanksgiving isn’t an event, a meal, or a feeling. It’s a choice we make each moment of the day. How will you choose to be thankful?

It is so easy to slip into a producer mode of head down, isolated activity during the holiday season. We panic (or is it just me?) over all the items that need to get done by December 25. With all the gifts to buy, dinners to attend, and parties to host, we can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we loose sight of the big picture.

For our family, the big picture of Christmas is being together to celebrate its purpose: the birth of Jesus Christ. Whenever I get bogged down in the day-to-day activities associated with the holidays, I adjust my focus towards the big picture. This helps me forge ahead with a better feel for the purpose of the season.

Business is no different. (more…)