Got It Figured Out?
While walking across the parking lot toward the small, country church with my young wife and baby boy, I thought to myself, “If I ever figure out what I’m doing, I’m going to spend the rest of my life helping others figure out what they are doing.”
I was 26 years old and serving for the first time as a full-time pastor.
That was 29 years ago.
I still don’t know everything I want to know or need to know, but I’m much farther down the road than I was then. I have enough knowledge and wisdom accumulated through continuing education and trial and error to assist others ably. I know where to look for what I don’t know. That may well be my most valuable service in many cases. I also have the privilege of associating with wise and experienced leaders who bring infinite insights to bear on problems and opportunities of all sizes.
Over a dozen years ago, I completed my first life planning process. A professional leadership coach walked me through ten sessions aimed at helping me discover at a deep level who I am and what I do best. I spent big bucks on this process and I can honestly say what I paid does not compare with what I gained. In retrospect, I gladly would pay much more than I did for what I received.
One of the exercises my coach had me complete was creating my ideal job description. He asked me to take my top three strengths and turn them into a position description I would show up for joyfully for the rest of my life. I did.
On our next call, he asked how that part of the process went. I told him, “Great, except there aren’t any jobs like that.”
“Yet,” he replied.
Two years later, a job was created fitting my ideal job description. Long story short, I got to do what I loved in the place I wanted to live. My wife was able to move into the position she wanted, and we started our new jobs on the same day.
It’s ten years later now and I am much more fully living the dream God placed in my heart all those years ago. Every day I get to help church leaders figure out how to follow their own God dreams through the Life Younique personal calling and life planning process. Every day I get to help churches discover their mission and vision through Church Unique. I get to work with some of the most wonderful people our Father in heaven ever placed on this planet.
How cool is that?
What’s stopping you from a similar experience?
Questions for Reflection and Action:
- What dream has God placed in your heart?
- What is your ideal job description?
- What are your next steps toward that special future?
- How may I serve you in turning those dreams into reality?
- Have you considered a life planning process like Life Younique?
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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.