Episode 003 – Being Devoted To Your Purpose

Helping You Achieve Clarity And Direction By Igniting God's Purpose In Your Life.



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Helping you achieve clarity and direction by igniting God’s purpose in your life, that’s the goal of this podcast. We want you to have clarity and direction so that you can live the life you were meant to live. 

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  • Scripture of the week – Isaiah 28:23-26
  • Tool tip of the week – A book for church leaders by Andy Stanley & The applications I use to produce this podcast.
  • Feature presentation – Being devoted to your purpose.


Isaiah 28:23–26

23Listen to me; listen, and pay close attention.

24Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?

25Does he not finally plant his seeds— black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat— each in its proper way, and each in its proper place?

26The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding.

  • There is a time to step out of your comfort zone.
  • At some point, you have prepared all that you can prepare. The next step is to take a step.
  • It feels risky. What you need to know is that real faith requires risk.
  • Plant your seeds.
  • Put your seed in the right place. God will give you the understanding you need.


FEATURE PRESENTATION – Being devoted to your purpose

Your purpose will never survive if you are not devoted to it.

Purpose absolutely requires devotion.

In fact, that is the key to everything. Nothing of value starts huge. It begins in a seed form that needs nurture and care. Your purpose is the same. You can’t expect to try something new, begin a new venture, or have a great dream that will develop overnight. For your purpose to be realized is going to take time…and not just time; but also devotion.

What that means is taking the time to tend to it. Just like having a garden. You have to water it, weed it, and work it. Purpose won’t survive the pressure of doubt if you don’t.

Here’s why…Doubt seeks to cast influence over your dreams and desires…and ultimately over the purpose that God has planned for you. What starts off with great faith and positivity can crash and burn if you don’t take the time to devote yourself to growing it.

Part of devoting yourself to your purpose is realizing that it grows over time through the ups and downs. Being devoted is refusing to give up on your dream. It is continuing to work towards it, even when things seem like they will never get off the ground.

In fact, one of the best secrets that I’ve learned is simply to keep going and don’t quit.

You can find a blog post where I’ve written about that at http://larryshankle.com/5-times-not-quit/

Having the will to just keep on planting seeds toward your purpose is 99% of your work. Throughout history, great people became great because they didn’t quit.

I mean, think about it. What if Thomas Edison had stopped working before the light bulb was invented? What if the doctors and professors who have studied and worked to cure diseases had quit? Where would we be?

edison, purpose, inventor

Now…In the moment, it’s real easy to look at your life or your purpose and say that it really doesn’t matter all that much if you quit. The reason why is simple. You don’t know the end from the beginning. Let me ask you a question…What if your purpose holds much more meaning that you realize in the present tense? Are you willing to chance the possibility that you may miss out? What about the people that your purpose is meant to serve? Do you really want those people to miss your contribution?

I don’t think you do.

We quit because things get hard. We quit because we feel obscure, which I blogged about at http://larryshankle.com/deal-obscurity-two-steps/

Or we quit simply because it feels like what we are doing doesn’t matter. But when it comes to your purpose, you should remain devoted to it because it’s something God has placed in you. Listen, if God planted a seed in you, He will make it grow. Sometimes it takes time.

I know…Time is the hard part…waiting…is….hard!

But you can do it. Being devoted to your purpose, your dream, your destiny is as simple as continuing on when it would be much easier to quit.

Pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church has a great message that speaks to this. They began their church in such small ways; but over the course of time, God has done big things for them. In fact you can listen to the message at http://theaterchurch.com/media/church/small-beginnings

I certainly hope that you will check them out. Especially if you are thinking of quitting on your purpose. This message is great reminder of why you shouldn’t.

Here’s the deal…Devotion and purpose come together to create hope.

The Bible says this about hope:

Romans 5:1–5

1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Now, more than likely I’ll do a post or podcast episode later on dealing more in depth about how hope and purpose are linked; but for now just know that they are! The longer you stay devoted to your purpose, to your dream, the greater the opportunity for hope to arise in your heart for your purpose. You need this hope.

Hope pushes you forward. When there is hope in your heart about your purpose, you have the strength to do things that you normally would give up on. The reason is simple…You believe that God has purpose behind those things. If you have a hope deep down in your heart that God is the one who gave you your purpose, then you also have reason to believe that He will bring your purpose to pass.

Romans 15:13

13I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

God is the source of hope. When you trust God, you eventually start to overflow with hope about what He can do. This hope is a result of the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

You could even apply this acronym to the word hope:

H – How

O – Our

P – Purpose

E – Emerges

Your purpose will never emerge and take the leap into potential unless you keep your hope alive. Being devoted to your purpose is the same as being devoted to cultivating hope in your purpose. Hope is a catalyst for risk, faith, and steps in the direction of your purpose. If you’re anything like me, when you allow yourself the chance to dream a little…hope comes back alive.

When you connect your devotion to your purpose you give your purpose the chance to make it.

Let me ask you a question.

What are you going to do today, to stay devoted to your purpose?

I know you…the reason you’re listening is because you hope to find encouragement towards living in your purpose. Well, consider this the voice that says, “keep going”.

You have a purpose from God. What are you going to do about it?;

Purpose should breed action.

Choose to take action today.

Could I ask you a favor?

If you’ve enjoyed this show and gotten value from it, would you leave a rating and review in iTunes? Also, why not share it on your favorite social network and help your friends live their purpose too. You can find links to do this easily from my blog www.youcanlivewithpurpose.com and from there you can also sign up to receive periodic emails from me regarding the show, books, blog posts and other resources that will help you live with purpose.

Thanks for joining me today on the show…remember, you have a purpose and you can live it!

002 – How To Recognize Your Purpose

passion, live with purpose

This is the You Can Live With Purpose Podcast.

I’m your host Larry Shankle. I am a lead pastor in the local church and I’ve been in ministry for nearly 20 years. More than anything, I believe that God has a great purpose for your life. Spreading the message of purpose is what God has called me to do.

In fact, this message of purpose goes much deeper than simple belief. I’ve truly experienced it through living out my calling to serve Christ in the church, and as an adoptive father with two amazing boys. My wife Amanda and I have been married for nearly 18 years; and I really do feel so blessed to have the family that God has given me.

Through the episodes of this podcast we will have an ongoing conversation about topics such as:

  • Your purpose
  • Your vision
  • Your mission
  • Your dream
  • Your faith
  • Your family

The thing is, God is interested in blessing you in every area of your life. Your God ordained purpose will propel you forward in life if you harness it and live it.

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  • The Scripture for life – God’s Word that builds up your life and encourages you to do more, be more, and live more fully.
  • The tool tip of the week – I have a powerful book suggestion that will strengthen your leadership potential.
  • Feature presentation – We’ll be discussing how to recognize your purpose.
  • Also remember that you can make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a sponsor through Compassion International. This organization serves thousands of kids all over the world with food, clothing, basic necessities and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please go check them out, and if you decide to become a sponsor you can simply click the link right from my blog. www.youcanlivewithpurpose.com


Do you want to live a life that produces real results? Something satisfying and fulfilling…I believe a life like that is the goal of most people. Fortunately for us, scripture gives the recipe for such a life. That’s what we are going to find out today through our scripture for life.

John 15:1-5 NLTse

1 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.

2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.

3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.

4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

  • Jesus is the vine that we need to be plugged into.
  • The Father is the one that cares for the “garden” that is your life.
  • God the Father expects us to produce something good with the life that we’ve been given.
  • He desires spiritual fruit from us.
  • If we aren’t producing…or even if we are, eventually we will get pruned.
  • The message of Jesus is the pruning device. It cuts away the things that hinder our spiritual growth and progress.
  • What’s the secret to produce much fruit? Remain, stay connected to Jesus. To disconnect from Him is like a branch pulling itself from the vine. The nutrients instantly begin to dry up. The resources that propelled you forward into growth are gone. So then you cannot be fruitful when you are apart from Jesus.
  • If you stay connected to Christ the result is a life of much fruit.
  • Apart from Jesus Christ, scripture says you can simply do nothing…nothing fruitful…nothing with lasting fruit.


Did you know that you are a leader? Truth is, we all are. Why? Because leadership is influence; everyone influences someone. Whether it’s only in the context of your immediate family, or if you have a platform of influence that’s deep and wide, you truly do lead people. Since that’s the case, doesn’t it make sense to become the best leader you can be? I think so. Today’s tool tip of the week is a book designed to help you do just that. 

Titled – Axiom – Powerful Leadership Proverbs

Authored by – Bill Hybels

I’ve read this book personally and continue to use it as a resource in my leadership. Leaders constantly run into sticky situations, places where wisdom is necessary, and circumstances that require a quick decision. Having a resource that speaks into some of those leadership points is a must. Why not learn from someone who has been there? I’ve found that experience doesn’t have to be your best teacher. The reason for this is simple…Someone else’s experience can be a better teacher!


How do you recognize your purpose? If God has planned out a life for you that fulfills your needs and makes your dreams become reality, then surely you want to recognize the purpose that makes that life possible. Well I have a few points for you to think about concerning this. It really isn’t that hard to figure out how to see and understand what might be a purpose in your life. Also, to be clear…I believe that usually we have what I call a THEME in our life. This could be understood as the overall purpose of your life. Underneath this theme our purpose is usually evolving. There may be several purposes in your life at any given moment that are somehow connected to the overall theme of your life. But no matter which type of purpose you’re talking about, recognizing it is essentially the same.

  1. Makes you passionate
    • Stay awake
    • Always thinking
  2. You enjoy it
  3. You are good at it
  4. It has a gravitational pull
    • From deep within you know it
    • It us inescapable
    • Your life starts to form around it
    • You sense God has given you this purpose
  5. There is a distinct call on your life
  6. A mission begins to form in your mind
  7. You desperately desire to Serve others through your purpose
    • Purpose is never just about you
    • It works itself out through service

Could I ask you a favor? 

If you’ve enjoyed this show and gotten value from it, would you leave a rating and review in iTunes? Also, why not share it on your favorite social network and help your friends live their purpose too. You can find links to do this easily from my blog www.youcanlivewithpurpose.com and from there you can also sign up to receive periodic emails from me regarding the show, books, blog posts and other resources that will help you live with purpose.

Thanks for joining me today on the show…remember, you have a purpose and you can live it!



001 – Your Purpose Starts With God


Do you ever wonder, “why do I exist?”…”What is my purpose?”

It’s the question that people have been trying to answer for generations. Sometimes we find some meaning to life…other times the road is packed with difficulty, fogginess, and a sense of misguided direction.

Well, let me ask you this…Do you want all that to change? For good?

The good news is…it can! You have a destiny and purpose that starts with God and will help you, guide you, and direct you in every venture of life. You’re not supposed to go at this thing alone. Every step of the way Jesus Christ will be there to support you. Thankfully, I found out this truth sooner rather than later…and you can too.


The scripture of the week – Jeremiah 29:11-13

This scripture goes hand in hand with the purpose of this podcast and my blog. I really believe that God has given you a purpose…that purpose was meant to control the direction of your life. The destiny that God has planned for you is a big deal. Missing it would be the worst thing that could happen to you. Why? Because your purpose and destiny shape everything about your life. God’s overarching plan for you was created so that you could live with purpose, vision, mission, and direction. Whether the subject is your family or your job…your money or your dreams, God’s purpose is intrinsically linked to every part of your life.




I love this organization! They do amazing things for children caught in poverty. All across the world, children suffer the effects of poverty. Hunger,  the lack of basic necessities, the want for more. This is not their only need, though. There is a spiritual need to consider as well. Compassion International serves to meet all of these needs and you can make a difference in their effort. It’s easy to sponsor a child. My family does this. It’s a great way to make a positive impact in an area that you may otherwise, never visit. You can sponsor a child right through the link on my blog. To do that just go to www.youcanlivewithpurpose.com and click the link in the sidebar.

Tool tip of the week – Tools to help you organize and live your purpose better.

The tool tip this week is actually a list of people. It’s people, podcasts, and blogs that will really help you accomplish your purpose better than you ever thought possible. I’ve been listening to some of these folks for years now. They have inspired me, helped me, and pushed me…yet the funny thing is…they don’t even know me. Well, the world we live in is an amazing place. Now days you can be mentored by some of the greatest and most knowledgable people around…and they don’t even know you. Blogs and podcasts have made it possible to receive training that you couldn’t possibly have received so readily ten years ago.


I remember being a young youth pastor checking the brand new internet for help (remember dial up?)…It was tough, really tough to find great help, training or advice. Especially when it came to things that we are going to cover like: your purpose, your vision, your mission or leadership. You just didn’t have the resources available. Now, enter 2015. There has never been an easier time in history not only to learn; but also to connect with influential people that literally propel you forward.


With all that being said…Here’s my list of folks that have literally become “purpose trainers” in my life:

  1. Micheal Hyatt – www.michealhyatt.com
  2. Ray Edwards – www.rayedwards.com
  3. Cliff Ravenscraft – www.podcastanswerman.com
  4. Carey Nieuwhof – www.careynieuwhof.com
  5. Andy Stanley – www.andystanley.com
  6. Perry Noble – www.perrynoble.com


Now obviously there are many more people that influence my life; but these are some that influence me the most. They have great ideas, do great things, and help many people. The organizations they lead are making a difference and huge impact on the world. Chances are really strong that you’ll hear me quote these guys…probably a lot. If you’re needing direction on your business, podcast, or spiritual issues they are definitely a great resource to remember.


Feature presentation:


  • It may be hard for you to believe in yourself
  • Have you ever faced that situation that forced you to believe in yourself?
  • How did you react?
  • I think your purpose goes much deeper than what you are able to accomplish on your own.
  • The fact is, God has a destiny…there is a purpose for your life…Some of you may scoff at this; but I believe there really is a grand design.


To make the most of your life, let God have everything about your life.

  • It opens up the possibilities of purpose.
  • You’ve probably daydreamed before. If you’re like me, then you like to think…I’ve been this way all my life. My mind just never shuts down.
  • I’ve always had these dreams and desires that seemed to come from somewhere deep inside me. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about.
  • You have to understand that those dream originated in your life by God’s design.
  • Purpose, passion, having a dream, reaching a goal, overcoming obstacles to do something great…themes like that have always interested me.
  • When I gave my life completely to Jesus Christ…I started to find out why I am…the way I am…
  • It’s like the creator has the instructions to COMPLETE what He started in you…Giving your life to Christ is the first REAL STEP in living with purpose.


Why does God give you a purpose?
  • Because He loves you and wants to add value to your life. God cares about you deeply. You are His ultimate creation. You are an integral part of His kingdom.
  • Because God doesn’t create meaningless things or people. God Himself is unsearchable in His greatness. Being a person created in the image of God makes it impossible to not live with purpose.
  • To fulfill His kingdom purposes. Your purpose is tied to something far greater and more vast than to have a good life. You were created to live with purpose in order to fulfill your place in the kingdom of God.



Can I live my purpose without God?

Some do for a time
There are people who will be born with talent or ability that takes them to the top of whatever endeavor they are trying to accomplish. Can you find happiness in accomplishments? Sure you can. You can find happiness in collecting massive amounts of “stuff” too. Accruing compounding interest in all your bank accounts brings a certain satisfaction to your life. You can begin to feel as though you are living the life you were made to live while everything is going well.
But purpose…deep, satisfying, purpose doesn’t come from money, talent, accomplishment or any of the other things that some lead you believe it comes from.
Raw talent and ability only take you so far.
Being successful doesn’t satisfy fully.
To live with purpose is about more than these things. It is about living the life that God created you to live, and finding your meaning in that life.
And the funny thing is…More often than not, when you live with purpose in the life God created you to live, you find success, happiness, true joy, even the accumulation of possessions and wealth at times. It’s not guaranteed. I’m not saying that when you live with purpose the way God designed you to live that it’s some get rick quick scheme. Far from it. Possessions and gain are not even the point. But you also can’t deny the stories of people in scripture that God blessed tremendously because they followed Him and chose to live with purpose.
It seems then that all the things people usually look for in life, all the things that they really desire to have, can be traced back to purpose.
Purpose is not about external happiness or accumulation. It’s about a deep internal longing to matter. When you find something that fills that need, all the others stuff becomes way less important.


Can you truly know your purpose without knowing God?

  • I don’t believe you can.
  • God reveals purpose as He reveals himself. The amazing thing about purpose is that it evolves over time to some degree. Your purpose doesn’t really change. It’s more like God reveals new aspects and focuses of it. When God reveals His heart for you, to you…It changes you. Throughout some seasons of life you have one direction, and when God begins to lead you differently your direction will change. Your ultimate purpose may stay the same; but pieces of it start to evolve. Over time you begin to have a greater understanding of where your purpose ties in to where you are in life at the moment.
  • To really understand your purpose you have to get acquainted with God. To live with purpose you have to follow Him.


How can I know God?

  • Through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • How does it begin?
  • By believing God loves you
  • By believing he sent Jesus to take the punishment for your sins on the cross
  • By believing in Jesus for yourself and confessing your belief to others


What are my next steps

  • Engage with Jesus daily(how)
  • Grow in your faith
  • Prepare to receive from God-he wants to give good things in your life
  • Get involved with a church that preaches the whole bible and begin to serve others


In Closing…

Now…we are going to cover a lot of stuff on this show…

  • Some of it you’ll probably agree with…other things…not so much.
  • Maybe you don’t see eye to eye on the God thing…THAT’S OK.
  • I also hope to give you some practical things you can apply EACH WEEK…to begin living with purpose.


Now let me ask you this question:






Get out there and do something today to begin to live with purpose


He can lead you, and help you reach your life’s ultimate purpose.


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