The Struggle and The Purpose

5 02 2010

Purpose comes in many shapes and sizes.  When it’s distorted it becomes a struggle.  When the purpose dies but the effort continues, it ends with struggle.  If the purpose is defined by environment and circumstances then it will inevitably end in struggle.

The problem with all of these scenarios is the struggle.  Our purpose should be fueled by passion.  It should frame our efforts.  It should be the motivation behind our days.  That’s not to say resistance won’t come…but a passion filled purpose fights resistance with persistence.

I had this revelation as I started to analyze my blog…what was the real purpose for me…because it was feeling like a struggle.  It’s an extension of me, my life, my passions, my world.  Which often starts like this:

It’s not about being something I’m not or somebody I’m not…it starts from the heart and usually ends in a journal.  I love the picture of my journal page with the 2010 plans…because my kids joined me to help put their own piece of art in the page.  It reminds me of how important relationships are…how important family is…and how important it is to include that in the journey.

What are you struggling with?  What are your passions…what is your purpose?  Do 5 things this week to remove the struggle and replace the energy with pursuing your purpose.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris

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The Motions…My Prayer

22 11 2009

Great song from Matthew West …. the video is a testimony, the song is my life prayer

“I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
Without your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking,
“What if I had given everything,
Instead of going through the motions?”
— Matthew West from the song “The Motions”

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Discipline, Work, and the Difference

20 05 2009

Just because you have one of these

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And you are on a floor with one of these
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Doesn’t mean you will be like this guy
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It takes hard work. It takes discipline to get up and keep trying. It takes following your passions. It doesn’t happen just because you dressed the part….or have arrived at the basketball court.

The truth is most people will end up looking like this guy
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The difference is the work you put into to becoming the best. Don’t settle for mediocre. Set your target above…and each day move closer.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Do It With Passion, Purpose & Humbleness

25 04 2009

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So I just spent the last two days at Catalyst West in California….in a word WOW! Totally next level in every way. The take away for me was the level of amazing speakers and staff at Catalyst. From Erwin McManus and Rick Warren to Perry Noble and Andy Stanley, and so many in between…they all came with passion, purpose and humbleness.

Check the Catalyst site for sessions, resources, and a ton of equipment for the cutting edge church. What I want to speak to is the atmosphere of humbleness that surrounded servitude. I believe without one you can’t have the other. I saw key leaders in the Catalyst organization serving snow cones to people in back of the long food line. Rick Warren walked into a packed green room and made a purpose to meet everyone in the room…asking their name, shaking hands, and hugging some (I was one of the lucky ones 🙂 In fact, before he went on to speak he stepped over to tell me and a small group of people on side of the stage that he had to cancel a meeting with the President (yes Pres Obama) to make this meeting…smiling as he commented “I’ll take a meeting with Pastors over Presidents everytime.”

It was refreshing to see a group of influencers and leaders who didn’t live in a tunnel of superiority. They looked for ways to connect and serve. It didn’t diminish their passion or purpose. In fact, in my eyes it only elevated it.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris