A few years ago if you had asked me where I would be in ten years, my answer was an easy one. “I will be right where I am!” My family lived in a great city, I had a job I loved, our kids were in a wonderful school, and our friends, family, & church were the best.
Then I read these words from Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus,
“You can choose to play it safe, you can choose to settle for less, but never forget this: You were born to live a great adventure; You were created with a divine destiny; You are called to fulfill a great mission. You were designed for a unique purpose. Now you are called to live it out.”Designed for a unique purpose? As my wife and I prayed it became clear that it was time for us to move into a new chapter of our lives. Striving to be all that God created us to be and starting a new career path focusing on our core talents and abilities was the right course of action but it also seemed very scary.
Consulting our pastor Ed Litton he said, “Jesus is calling all of us out of our comfort zone”, “Come follow me”, Jesus said (Matthew 4:19). Ouch! Following was challenging and painful. We were leaving career, friends, church, schools and a house that was more than a place to live it was “the home”. I discovered this simple “come follow me” had now turned life into pioneering, exploring, and adventure.
How do we step into a new moment? Here are some ideas from our journey:
-Connect – Find people who have like visions and interests.
When our kids were young my wife connected with other moms at our church in the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group and discovered she had a passion for helping parents connect spiritual principles to their toddlers. This was important because it not only gave her an outlet for her passion for families but also it was encouraging to be around other moms who were living a similar life.
-Create meaning – Look for ways to invest your life in creating from your skill set. This could be anything, landscaping, building furniture, writing a blog, or helping the homeless. Why does this matter? It is a discovery process that leads you to your unique purpose and calling and finding your strengths.
-Serve – Helping others achieve their dreams.
The reward of serving and giving maybe at a school, church, or ministry will be a catalyst to bring your passion and purpose alive.
-Learn – Technology has made it easy to find those things that inspire and instruct us. Books, internet, blogs, articles and information are a click away! One of the books I read during my transition was a marketing business book, Purple Cow by Seth Godin. It is a plea for originality, passion, guts, and daring.
You are a Purple Cow! There is no one else created like you! God has planted seeds of greatness in you and wants you to live your uniqueness!
"The essence of the Purple Cow -- the reason it would shine among a crowd of perfectly competent, even undeniably excellent cows -- is that it would be remarkable. Something remarkable is worth talking about, worth paying attention to." -Seth Godin
-Pray - Ask God to help you. Ask family and friends to pray with you and for you.
I am not saying it is easy but don’t miss the significance of how living this life will affect your future and your family. By the way, what better way for your children to find their purpose, passion, and to be the purple cow God created them to be than by seeing you live this way every day!