Last week we talked about how maybe there were a few things you could improve on and I asked you to make a list of the things that came to mind for you. Then I asked you to consider picking one of them to act on. Did you? If so, I would love to know the results or maybe how taking action made you feel. Did your action beget clarity? If you didn’t do anything, why didn’t you? Curious to know that answer as well.
We are about to dive into what I would call the deep end of the pool. Figuring out your place in the world is not an easy task but I believe it is very much worth the hard work you will do. When you know your place and you make decisions based on that information then you really can create a life worth living and create a legacy worth remembering.
If you remember from last week, I gave you the acronym that we will be using to dive into knowing your P.L.A.C.E. For a quick refresher:
- P – Purpose
- L – Love
- A – Acceptance
- C – Clarity
- E – Execution
While I called myself a Christian, I didn’t become a practicing Follower of Christ until 1998. There is a difference for sure. My purpose before that was to make a lot of money and not hurt people, at least not too much. At my core I knew that there was something more. Between 1998 and mid-2000’s I was convinced of Mark 12:30-31 as the overall purpose for a Christian (although I didn’t express it in that language). Now I am doing my best to live this out everyday and help others do the same.
Jesus said in Mark 12:30-31, “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
That is our purpose.
The interesting thing is how we have the same core purpose and we are able to fulfill that purpose in different ways. This is where the “work” comes in.
Because words have meaning let’s look at what the dictionary says about the word purpose:
Noun: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
With the understanding that we all have one core purpose and that definition we can talk about the idea of purpose through those lenses.
When thinking about your unique purpose within the core purpose maybe a word picture will help it make sense.
Let’s pretend we are ice cream. It is our purpose to be ice cream. What flavor of ice cream are you? Chocolate? Vanilla? Rocky Road? Something totally different like a Ben & Jerry’s whacky named flavor?
What flavor are you? Knowing that matters. Knowing that will help you know what toppings go best with your flavor. I could carry this word picture on. You get the idea.
Since mid-2000’s I’ve been working on figuring out my “flavor”, and I get closer all the time.
Next week we will talk a little bit about knowing how to find your flavor.
This week I will leave you with links to two books that I think would be helpful regarding knowing your purpose.
Schedule a “get to know each other” Zoom meeting!
Playlists — music can change your mood, enjoy some of the songs that encourage me.
The Identity Key — you can purchase my book on Amazon.