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,



A Lesson From My Magnolia Tree

4 06 2009

So I have this magnolia tree that my family has called Maggie. She is not your typical magnolia. She is short…some would say dainty….i would say dwarfed…but, she is the only tree in our front yard. For years she has grown maybe an inch. Not really dead, but not really thriving. So we decided to spruce her up a bit,


The lillies and elephant ear plants crowded around Maggie’s feet to make for a nice little front yard greenery. As you can see, they started to dominate little Maggie’s space…especially the lilly grass that grew half of her size. Something interesting happened this year —


For the first time ever, Maggie is growing! There is new life, she is thriving!! All it took was some competition. It took some resistance. It took some competition. It took a little struggle. It’s like that in life. When resistance, struggle, competition come our way we can either shrink back and be dominated….or we can be strengthened and grow.

What life struggles are you dealing with today? Know there is a God who loves you more “than the grains of sand on the beach.” He knows your struggles, and He wants you to thrive in them. He wants to pour strength into your body. He wants you to grow like Maggie.

Breathe In & Smile Out,