As I write this at 9 am, I have already made a trip into New York City to drop my wife off at our daughter's apartment. Then I came back to New Jersey where I will do a seminar at Crossroads Community Church in Maywood pastored by Bill von Husen. The seminar today is entitled The Purpose Craze: Why Knowing Your Purpose Is More Important Than Ever.
When I first began teaching on purpose in 1991, I thought it was a nice message that would go alongside other nice messages. Fifteen years later, I see purpose in a whole new light. It is a revolutionary message that has changed lives, businesses and the even the way church is conducted.
When you find your purpose, you don't need anyone or anything to give you further permission to be who God created you to be. You have your orders from headquarters, so to speak, and you are ready to go. Once you've heard, then it is the responsibility of the church, business or organization to assist you and others in fulfilling your purpose. That may mean training or even structuring opportunities for you to do what you were created to do.
This is so foreign to our way of thinking that many have tried and are trying to accommodate the purpose message to fit their previous way of doing business. I think they are finding that it doesn't really work. Purpose is the will of God. It cannot be accommodated; it has to be given prime, front-and-center attention.
Once again, I woke up this morning grateful that I get a chance to do what I love to do today. I pray that there will be results, that those who hear me will be more focused and productive in the will of God. If you would like to see what I taught today, you can access my Powerpoint and outline below.
Powerpoint slides: Download the_purpose_craze_revised.ppt