Why is seeking God important?

Seeking God is the key that unlocks the life you were created for

It seems that everyone is looking for a magic key that will help them unlock all the things they need or want for their life. If you have lived for very long, you know that no such key exists.

Hard work and effort are rewarded. If you work hard and strive to put in your best effort, most of the time you will be rewarded for your effort. This isn’t always true, but it works most of the time.

The Bible says that we reap what we sow. This principle of sowing and reaping is something that we should take into account as we make our decisions. The reason is simple: What you do plants a seed that comes back to you.

However, we still long for an edge in life…a secret that will take us further faster. It is the quest for a magic key.

  • Everyone wants to ease the stress-load they carry, so they seek a magic key.
  • Everyone wants to make life easier, so they seek a magic key.
  • Everyone wants to have a better life, so they seek a magic key.

I’ve observed this in all kinds of people over the years.

What I’m about to show you is not a magic key, but it is a key secret to living the life you were created to live. What is the key secret? Seeking God.

Seeking God is the key that unlocks the life you were created for.

It seems that Christians don’t want to hear this statement anymore. We had rather pursue the latest and greatest advice from an “expert.” Life, we assume, would be better and easier if everything was simply “done for you.”

What If you never had to make a hard choice, and all the stress you feel could just disappear? What if you could simply avoid failure, and you never had to worry about the direction your life was going? Wouldn’t it be nice to live like that?

What believers once understood as the most important thing in our spiritual arsenal, has now been relegated to the spiritual storage room.

However, I will say again: Seeking God is the key that unlocks the life you were created for.

The truth is, seeking God still works…

  • If you want to live the life God designed for you to live, you need to seek God. 
  • If you want to go forward and find the peace that you long for, you need to seek God. 
  • If you want to make a difference in your life, you need to seek God.

This spiritual action of seeking God is the key to nearly everything in life. Some people have such trouble with being obedient and faithful to God. They are in the boat one minute and out of it the next. There’s a reason for that; they are living life from the standpoint of their own strength and effort.

Seeking God is the key that unlocks the life you were created for. It is the secret to a life well-lived. Why? Because, when you seek God, several powerful actions take place.

Why is seeking God important?

  1. You begin to draw near to God. James 4:8
  2. God draws near to you. James 4:8
  3. Your mind becomes aware of God’s presence. Acts 17:28
  4. You start gaining clarity because of God’s promptings. Acts 15:28
  5. A sense of direction and mission envelope you. Acts 4:20
  6. You feel peace, security, God’s love, and acceptance. Philippians 4:7 | Romans 8:37-39

Any one of these things are important, but having all six is life-changing. I hear some believers talk about how you should not seek to have the best life possible like somehow it is wrong to want your life to be good. But come on, I don’t know anyone who wants their life to be the worst life possible, do you? NO.

If seeking God not only brings me closer to him but also leads me to the life he designed me to live, then I am going to seek God for BOTH reasons! 

Now, someone may be asking the question: What does it mean to seek God?

The action of seeking God is simply this: Pursuing God’s desires instead of your own while talking to him and getting to know him better.

Learning to seek God is not hard.

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Some super-spiritual types would lead you to believe that seeking God is a painful process that requires long hours and quitting everything in life that you enjoy. However, this is NOT TRUE.

Seeking God brings joy into your life. If you end up spending hours in the presence of God, it will be because you want to, not because you have to. When you seek God, you build a relationship with him. Humans are created for relationships, so building one with God will come naturally. Any relationship with God that doesn’t feel completely natural is something that’s taking you down the wrong path.

Every relationship involves give and take. It is no different in your relationship with God. He wants you to enjoy being with him and hearing from him. I’ve seen people who run from seeking God because they are so afraid of what he might ask of them, that they run from the very thing that would set them free.

Listen: God has your best interests in mind. He wants what is good for you, and he has a desire to bring great joy into your life.

Seeking God is the key that unlocks the life you were created for.

If joy, peace, security, freedom from fear, and acceptance sounds like something you want and need, I want you to know; you can have them.

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Here’s what you need to do you to do this week:

  1. Start talking to God. Talk to him like a real person. Don’t think of it as prayer time. Instead, think of your prayers as communicating with your best friend.
  2. Read examples of prayer in the Bible. The book of Psalms is one of the best places I know to start looking for prayer examples. Once you see how other people have communicated with God, you can do the same.
  3. Share your secret desires with God. What is it that you want out of life? Tell God. What are you sad, upset, or encouraged about? Tell God. What is the one thing you hope beyond hope will work out? Tell God. As you let God in on your secret desires, he will open up your mind to see even greater possibilities.

If there is a magic key, seeking God is the closest thing to it. Seeking God is the key that unlocks the life you were created for.

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8 Ways To Reach Your Dream Starting Today


You don’t want to look back in 10 years and realize you were the reason you didn’t reach your dreams.

I’m a dreamer. On some level, I believe I’ve always been a person of dreams and vision. But just because a person can dream doesn’t mean they will automatically reach their dreams.

To reach a dream involves work. You cannot sit on the sidelines and do nothing. So many people do this very thing. They hope, and pray, and wish for something new and amazing to happen in their life. They may even have a mental picture of what they want their life to look like, but the reality is, you have to do something about your dreams.

Dreams are just pictures of what could be. They are the visions of a future you desire for yourself, and while it’s great to be a dreamer, you’ll never make it to the place you hope for fueled only by desire.

I’ve had the opportunity to counsel with those who have marriage problems like issues with trust, intimacy; even verbal abuse. They want their relationship to get better. They desire to be closer to their spouse, but they never put in the work to make it happen. They’ve told me they want to build trust or stop saying hurtful words, but without the work they never get the result.

You’ve probably known others who really wanted to create a strong relationship with their children, but they refused to take the time to do it.

The list could go on and on:
– Dreams of a more loving home
– Dreams of a more stable income
– Dreams of a better spiritual life and deeper relationship with God
– Dreams of becoming healthier and whole
– Dreams of helping others and making a bigger impact

Dreams are noble. And many times, your dream is completely attainable. However, you can’t allow yourself to be the lid that stops your hopes. Too many people become the lid that caps off their future and their potential.

For over twenty years in pastoral ministry, I’ve had the opportunity to see people do this, and on occasions, to work with them. Most never realize that they are the problem. So before you become your own stumbling block, allow me to give you a few things I’ve observed over the years that we all have the tendency to do.
These things block your dreams and sometimes kill your dream altogether.

Here are eight ways to reach your dream starting today:

1. Have the willingness to risk things.

Dreams require risk, period. You have to be willing to put yourself out there and do things that are risky. If you want to develop a deeper marriage relationship, for instance, you cannot remain distant, emotionally closed, and untouchable. To have deeper friendships you have to risk your feelings and the potential that you might get hurt.

Playing everything safe and inside the lines may keep your life where it currently is, but it will never advance you forward. Taking a risk is a necessary part of the work required to reach a dream and pursue a vision.

2. Stop being afraid.

Fear will hold your life hostage if you allow it to. This was one of my problems for years. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly haven’t reached all my dreams, but I can say with excitement that I have reached some of them.

Fear will be the stumbling block that keeps you from launching out. It’s not that you don’t have the talent or ability. In some cases that might be true, but most people who dare to dream of something more, something bigger, have already put in the work to develop their talents and abilities.

You can do it, but you let fear stop you, and it’s a shame.

The world needs your dream. We need to see you live up to your potential. We WANT to see you live up to it.

The people closest to you need you to reach your dream because 90% of the time a dream impacts them for the better too. Don’t let fear make you miss your it. Ten years from now, you don’t want to be that guy or that girl who WISHES they’d have had the guts to launch.

3. Be vocal about your dream.

Listen…you have to speak up about your dreams. No one is going to get out there and do it for you. God has gifted you, and placed something special in your heart. It is a desire that has the potential to change things in your life, but you have to believe in your dream enough to speak up about it.

Too many dreams have silently slipped into nothingness because their owner never had the courage to speak them out.

Here’s the thing: When you speak something out of your mouth, it becomes more real. The more you talk about it, the greater you convince yourself of its reality. Scripture says that, “faith comes by hearing.” This principle holds true no matter what you apply it to.

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It’s true that you shouldn’t tell your dreams to just anyone. Some people will discourage you from reaching for them. They won’t believe in you. But you have to be willing to speak to yourself.

I remember when I first began “declaring” things in my life. It felt silly like I was just talking to myself or something. In reality, when you speak out or maintain your belief in your dreams, it’s a form of prayer that not only speaks to God but also builds up your faith. Your dreams take on a reality that they would not have otherwise.

4. Put in the effort necessary to reach your dream.

Over the years, I’ve heard people talk about their dreams, but somewhere along the way, talk becomes all they do. They talk about it but never take action.

This is one of the saddest things of all, because you know they have the potential to reach what they’re talking about. Don’t you hate it when you see someone who obviously has the ability, skill, talent, and connections, just throw away their potential? I do. I’ve seen so many people do this, but what’s worse is I’ve heard them complain at the same time about not going anywhere in life.

Listen, don’t complain. If you’re not going to do anything to reach your dream then stop complaining about it. You could reach it if you just tried.

5. If you fail, get back up and try again.

This involves some of the fear that we talked about earlier. If you’ve tried before and your attempts failed, I can understand and relate. You may not want to try again, but remember, there have been so many others who stood in your place and made a successful go of it just because they made an effort to try again.
It is cliche to talk about how many times Thomas Edison failed before he developed the light bulb, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

Where would we be if everyone who failed, simply gave up?

The unwillingness to try again can come from several different sources. One time I tried something, and it failed. I didn’t have the resources to try that particular idea again, at least not in the same way. It doesn’t mean I’ve given up on the notion though.

You can raise funds, put down your pride, get the help, go a different route, make a change, or whatever, but don’t quit just because you failed one time.

6. Be the example of sacrifice.

Dreams require sacrifice. You have to give up to go up. Every dream worth reaching always involves other people too. If you won’t sacrifice, don’t think that those around you will.

The lack of sacrifice comes from one of two places: You either don’t believe in your dream enough to sacrifice for it, or you’re selfish.

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If you believed in your dream deep down in your heart, I mean really believed it was possible, you would sacrifice. A sacrifice isn’t as much a sacrifice if it has the potential of great reward. Having a belief in your dream is critical because reaching it will always take things out of you and from you, at first.

Vision and dreams don’t pay off in the short-term outlook. Their reward comes when you stick with them over the long haul.

On the other hand, if you’re too selfish to sacrifice, just quit talking about your dreams and save us all some time.

7. Lead yourself well.

The other quality that dreams will always require is discipline. Good, old fashioned, hardcore, discipline is the ability to lead yourself. If you can’t lead yourself, you’ll never reach your dream.

Here’s the reason: Reaching a dream takes motivation.

Nobody is going to be your cheerleader or motivator all the time; it’s going to be up to you. You have to get good at motivating yourself and leading yourself to change where change is necessary. It takes discipline to do this.

What qualities will it take to reach the dream that’s in your heart? Whatever they are I bet it will take the leadership of discipline to build them into your life. If you can’t lead yourself, you’ll never make it. The thing is, having discipline, motivation, and leading yourself are a choice. You can choose to have or do these things. If you really want to live in that dream of yours, be willing to lead yourself into the qualities that will make it happen.

8. Sell out to your dream.

Selling out to your dream is the deepest form of faith, sacrifice, and risk. It is saying, “I’m all in.” Selling out is holding nothing back, giving all you have, and betting the farm.

Few people are willing to sell out to reach their dreams, but those who do usually reach them.

I don’t know what selling out will mean for you. It’s something that you have to calculate on your own.

Studying scripture has made me realize that Jesus had a dream. His dream was that humanity would have a bridge to get to God. So Jesus spent every waking hour taking risks, enduring arguments, giving up his personal rights, developing those around him, and sacrificing.

In the end, Jesus sold out to his dream. He died for it. Jesus died for you. He created the bridge to God. His dream for humanity become a reality.

You probably won’t have to die for your dream, but your pride may have to. Your frivolous wants and desires may have to die for you to reach your dream. Your fear will certainly have to die.

If you really want to reach your dream, then sell out to it.

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My hope is that you reach your fullest potential and live your dream. My prayer is that this post helps make it a little more possible.

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4 keys you need to unlock confidence and confirm your calling

Part 3 of a multi-part blog series about your life's calling

We all want to know we’ve not made a mistake. When you make a big step into something unknown, like your calling, you really want some confirmation to know whether or not you have done the right thing.

The good news is, if you’ve stepped into your calling, confirmation will come. Why? Because it’s undeniable. Over the years, I’ve found confirmation coming in at least four different ways.

– Through prayer

– From people

– In the pages of scripture

– By providence

In my experience, when you take the leap to launch into your calling you will always find some confirmation in these areas.

For more about your calling in life…check out This Post.

Through Prayer

As you consider taking the step into your call, you’ve probably already been praying. I guarantee you’ll be praying after you take the step! I know I was…

But God has a way of communicating to you deep in your heart. When you’ve made the correct step and you’re pursuing the calling you are meant for, you’ll know it inside. Not only will there be a sense of joy and exhilaration; but you will also experience peace. A deep, rich satisfaction comes into your life. You just know you are on the right track. This peace comes most powerfully through prayer. I can’t explain how it happens, I just know that it does.

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From people

Was I hesitant to actually step on a platform and speak to people for the first time? Sure I was. You always wonder how you’ll be perceived, and if you’ve done a good job. Your doubts always try to dominate you; but in my experience there have been people come alongside me that confirmed my call. Some realized it, some did not; but in both cases God has used others to help reinforce my choices. Obviously you can’t listen to every voice; but if you pay attention, there are people in your life that will confirm whether you’ve made the right choice or not. These people will be honest, sometimes painfully so. Why? Because they care about you.

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I’ve had people tell me I did a good job preaching; but I knew they were just saying it, not feeling it. But there have also been those who truly spoke into my life, encouraging me, lifting my spirits, and telling me they believed there was something to this calling. The “good jobs” from some, and the deafening silence from others aren’t the things I remember most. On the contrary, what I most think of after twenty years of living out my call are the conversations from real friends who had my best interests at heart. I recall the words of advice, and the “keep on going, you got this” talks I’ve had. I remember the tough conversations when people who cared for me gave me advice they knew would be difficult to hear; but they said it anyway. You remember the people who believed in you and invested in you. God uses those people to confirm His call on your life.

  • So when your most trusted friend, the one who won’t hold back, tells you, “hey, I really believe in what you’re doing”…believe them.
  • When that coworker says, “I think you’re going to get that promotion you put in for, you’re the most qualified person they could pick”…trust them.
  • If your family says, “You can do this. We are behind you and we think this is exactly what you’re meant to do”…listen to them.
  • Don’t waste your time on the voices that declare gloom and doom but won’t give you any specifics on how to overcome the defeat they proclaim.

Listen to the people who tell you the truth…things like, “this won’t be easy; but it’s possible”.   When trusted voices give you advice that is actionable, take their advice. Over the years I’ve found this sort of advice to be true, even if I didn’t understand the rationale at first.

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From the pages of Scripture

If you are a Christian, you already know the importance of the Bible in your daily life. It really is the living, breathing, Word of God. And through scripture God will speak into the direction of your life.

The Bible Speaks Into Your Life

He has given me direction and confirmation through scripture on so many occasions I’ve lost count; and He will do the same for you. I don’t usually go into my daily scripture reading time looking for confirmation about my call. When I read the Bible I simply want to be open to God about whatever He wants to say; but I can tell you from experience that He will speak to you and confirm your call through scripture.


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By providence

One of the surest ways to confirm your call is what I call “providence”. This simply means once you’ve taken a step which leads into what you feel is your calling…if it really is your calling…doors and opportunities will begin to open providentially.

I remember one time when considering and praying about taking a different job, the doors seemed to just open. At the time, the job I wanted (and needed) was a really good paying one. Since I was just about to get married, it was time for me to step it up so to speak. There was no way my brand new family would survive unless I had more income. Deep inside I felt like the new employment I was pursuing was my calling for the season of life I was about to enter into. After I felt confident in the direction I pursued, providentially, doors opened up. The opportunity came. I got the job. For several years, that job provided for my family. I kept it until my wife and I began to sense a new call which would ultimately place me in full-time church ministry being a pastor…but that’s a different story.

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When you are pursuing your call, confirmation will always come in the form of open doors and crazy opportunities. I’m not saying every open door will be a giant one, in fact the opposite is usually true. But what I am saying is you can expect your situation to reflect your preparation. If you’ve taken the first steps into your calling, God will open doors for you to live in it. I can’t explain how it all happens, I just know that it does.

The people who are frustrated because doors won’t open and opportunities won’t come are usually the same ones who have ignored the advice of trusted friends telling them to not do what they are planning to do. They are usually the people who have bypassed the turmoil and unrest they feel inside, and continue to walk full force into something God hasn’t given them peace about.

If confirmation about your call doesn’t come, then back out of it.

If you want more about confidence, check out these awesome quotes from Dale Carnegie.

In fact, you can tweet the one below!

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The Intersection Between Culture And Family

Your Family Is A Great Piece Of Your Purpose, Don't Let Culture Destroy It.

Today’s topic is a little controversial possibly…

The intersection between culture and family.

There is an intersection…A place where culture and your family meet head to head. I believe culture’s aim is to go against the grain of your family. You may have never considered that your family is really a huge part of your purpose; but it is.

Let me define exactly what I’m talking about when I say family. I am using this word to describe a husband, wife, and children…or a single parent with their kids. Do we all have extended family? Most people do, however, that’s not what I’m dealing with in this episode.

I want to talk about your immediate family and the impact that culture has on it.

Now…I’m not usually a person who takes my content from everything in culture…I believe that we can really OVERUSE hot button topics. I believe that FOR THE MOST PART…the world already KNOWS where we STAND on certain issues. I also believe that we sometimes alienate people by ONLY speaking about those HOT ISSUES in christian circles.

I think that many pastors and churches make a POINT rather than making a DIFFERENCE…


There are times when issues need to be addressed…Today is one of those times.

With that being said, what I hope for most is that you see the culture behind the issues…

The culture is the real culprit.

The basic disregard for God, sin, the Bible, church, and all things connected to God are the driving force behind culture’s decline.

The decline in the MORAL AUTHORITY of our leaders is a direct result of the decline of our morals as believers.

  • We blame everything on the leadership.
  • We want to elect righteousness into our public offices.
  • I am as much for voting the right direction as the next person…and I DO BELIEVE that we can vote in the right person and have greater PEACE, AND MORALITY FOR A TIME.



Legislation alone NEVER makes up for the direction of CULTURE.

You simply cannot legislate righteousness.

In fact…this same MISGUIDED CULTURE that we’re experiencing is the driving force behind who becomes our elected officials.

So…the question isn’t:

How do we elect the right people? 

The question is this…

How do you counter the cultural problem?

There is a dulling, a numbing, and a desensitization that is going on among believers. We are being slowing desensitized to the cultural problem.

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Culture says things like:

  • Sex outside of marriage is okay – Eventually you’re seeing christians begin to pick up on this and believe this lie. – Sexually transmitted disease is out of control, young adults are led to believe that this is a normal part of life…that it’s the normal thing to do…even that it prepares you for marriage…these ideas are wrong. These ideas are lies.


  • Marriage doesn’t last for a lifetime – eventually you’re seeing christians begin to be one of the largest segments of people who are getting divorced.


  • Marriage isn’t just between a man and woman – We are beginning to see churches and christians that embrace this idea and even cater to it. We are seeing churches that promote the acceptance of this pivotal idea. (by the way, I’m not saying believers shouldn’t love people; but I am saying we cannot condone, or accept as normal and natural this alternate lifestyle). The acceptance of homosexuality as normal has been part of the decline of civilizations in the past…It will be a part of our decline as well. Churches and christians need to be careful to not be desensitized…or NUMBED to this cultural problem.


  • Putting your work above your family is okay – We are seeing christians who work record numbers of hours…all in the name of providing for their families. In the end they usually lose the family they were working so hard to provide for because they were never PRESENT with them. (now…I understand that some people have NO CONTROL over their work hours…but some DO…if you have no control over this area of your life, all the more reason to spend TIME TOGETHER with your family during your off hours)


  • Raising your kids outside church is okay, that it makes them more well rounded – Christians are beginning to embrace this idea in droves…and really…it’s the church’s fault…why? Because we haven’t presented the church as being relevant to the day by day life of believers. People no longer attend because they no longer feel the importance or see the need. It doesn’t feel relevant to them anymore.


  • Having a FUN LIFE is the goal – Christians are embracing this and leaving behind some of the most powerful core values that they’ve held onto for years. God is not against you enjoying your life…But having all the fun you can is not the main objective in life. As a believer our main goal is to live for Jesus Christ fully…TO BE FULLY DEVOTED TO HIM…TO HIS WAYS…TO PLEASING HIM…and in the process…THAT will MAKE your life the most ENJOYABLE LIFE POSSIBLE…God is the creator of JOY!


This INTERSECTION is specifically designed to pull your family apart.


Because family is the basic building block of society.

The more families are pulled apart, destroyed, hurt, damaged by sin and wrong choices…the easier it will be for culture to control your family and it’s decisions.


Listen…whether you agree with this next statement or not won’t change it’s validity:

We were not meant to change the culture. We are meant to counter it. 

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Christianity has always ran side by side with the culture of the day…we offer a COUNTER CULTURE…we present to the world a BETTER WAY TO LIVE…

The Culture of Christianity is the fabric of a life that is greater than the life worldly culture has to offer.

You may say that early christians changed their culture. I agree with you…they did…in fact scripture says that they turned their world upside down.

But they didn’t do it through:


 Early Christians changed their culture by living out and presenting a culture that exceeded the offerings their present day worldly culture had to offer.

They countered the culture and in this way they changed it.

Now…I’m not against trying to elect the Godly, moral person…we should DO THAT SINCE GOD HAS GIVEN US THAT OPPORTUNITY. And until that opportunity goes away, we should USE IT.


But here’s the deal:

You cannot change culture with it’s own devices. The rule of law is broken at best. It will only accomplish a degree of change at best. 

In no place is this truer than in the context of your family.

  • Your family’s culture needs to COUNTER the culture the world offers.
  • The way you raise your children needs to counter the culture the world says is right.
  • The way you serve God needs to counter the present day culture.

Now…I think there are many scriptures that we could look at that would show us some specific ideas about countering the cultural problem…

But I think Jesus had something great in mind when He preached one of His most memorable messages ever…The sermon on the mount…Everything about this sermon of Jesus lays out a philosophy that counters the culture.

We are to offer something different…NOT try to fix the thing that’s BROKEN.


Scripture says this:

 Matt. 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

 We are not to be mixed in with the culture of the world…we WON’T CHANGE IT…IT WILL CHANGE US!

Matt. 5;14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Now that’s some counter cultural stuff!

Now here’s the deal…

We are talking about the intersection between culture that is broken and our family.

If You don’t want your family to be BROKEN with the culture…you need to COUNTER OFFER with something different!!!

3 Things to offer your family different from what culture offers

 Culture offers – Do as I say, not as I do.

Counter offer is – Don’t just talk it, live it.

  • Your family IS the BYPRODUCT of WHO you ARE not who you WISH you WERE.
  • Your example in EVERY situation trickles down to your family.


Culture offers – Happiness filled with empty air. 

Counter offer is – Tons of lasting joy.

  • Happiness filled with empty air that eventually busts or deflates.
  • If you want strength in your family then give your family joy
  • THE JOY of the LORD is your family’s STRENGTH.


Culture offers – This life is your only hope.

Counter offer – There is hope beyond this life.

  •  Give your family HOPE BEYOND this life.
  • They need to hear about Jesus from YOU FIRST, not just the church.
  • If we have hope only in this life, we are miserable
  • Jesus offers hope that we can offer beyond what’s broken in this life.


You are the COUNTER CULTURE…because a new nature lives in you.




Here’s a great resource that goes with this idea of family and culture:

Andy Stanley’s book – When Work And Family Collide

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Episode 003 – Being Devoted To Your Purpose

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



I’m so glad you joined us today on the podcast…

Here’s what we’re all about:

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.

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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!