Last year I was the guest on a local Christian radio show. I was supposed to be on for 20 minutes and the host had gone over a list of quesitons that he wanted to cover on the air. He had my website up in front of him and we were going to talk about some basic issues pertinent to purpose.
As we went on the air, the host greeted his guests, introduced me, and then posed a question that wasn't on our original list. "Dr. Stanko," he asked, "how would you define success?" Talk about being put on the spot. I scrambled for a second or two to collect my thoughts and then responded, "I would define success as doing what you love, what you really enjoy in life." After that, his phone banks lit up with callers wanting to ask questions and make comments, and my 20-minute spot turned into an hour-long session.
Doing what you enjoy--that sounds like such a simple statement. Yet that concept causes more discussion and disagreement than almost anything else I teach. People respond, "You can't just do what you enjoy. That's no way to build a business or develop a career." Yet I maintain that it is and we don't see it happen only because we don't believe it's possible.
I have been meditating on a verse the last few days found in Hebrews 1:9: "You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." Jesus was anointed with the oil of joy. What does that mean? Can I experience the same anointing?
I have taught many that the only way to get anointed results is to find what people are anointed to do and allow and release them to do it. Does this verse pertain to that truth? I think it does. Jesus came to seek and save the lost and it gave Him great joy. Today He sits in heaven, still fulfilling His purpose, still anointed with joy.
Do you believe you can do what you love, what gives you joy? Do you believe you can make your living from whatever that is? I do. I want this joyful anointing and I want others to benefit from it. I am doing what I love today and do it every day. I write, teach and consult so you and others can experience this same phenomenon. And I don't know why anyone would want to live any other way.