I was introducing a client (who has become a very good friend) to a ministry leader. It was a beautiful collision of gifting and ability with hope and desire. The three of us were powerfully aligned in many ways. It is what I imagine a war council must feel like. Leaning in. Map on table. Our territory was a generation of young people being overwhelmed by a cultural post-Christian tide and some like-hearted kings shoring up their battle plans to re-take some ground.
It is around 5 AM on a Saturday morning. When I first checked the clock it had a 4 handle. Experience tells me that trying to find my way back into some state of slumber is futile. My head is spinning. There was a season when my mind didn’t rest as a result of the usual things:
- Will my marriage make it?
- How badly have I screwed up the raising of my kids?
- Will I ever really be able to retire? Am I really supposed to?
- Should I be doing something else with my life?
Those aren’t the things that tend to waken me anymore. It is more about thoughts, ideas, concepts, hopes, and my deepest desires.
The organizations you lead and the roles you play there, should support and fulfill the purpose for your life, not the other way around. More often than not, we see leaders completely unaware of their calling or purpose other than what their vocational role might dictate.
It is our contention that you are not only created for a particular purpose, but that your Creator desperately wants you to know what it is. The clues are written on your heart, have been evident throughout your life, and are fully embodied in the things that bring you greatest joy, deepest pain, and get you out of bed in the morning.