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4 Ways to Live Your Purpose as a Leader

Resful | Faithful | Thankful | Hopeful

By Bruce Witt

A friend of mine recently asked me, “I get the idea of having a purpose and living with power in my mind, but what do I do? How do I make this practical?”

Living out your purpose is a daily activity which sometimes is filled with joy and adventure, and at other times, it is a daily perseverance and grind.

Let us consider four personal actions we can put into practice today.

  1. Restful - We simply need to rest from trying to control outcomes and achieve the results in our strength. God is in charge and fully capable of getting things done. This is probably one of the hardest things to do. It does not mean let go, sit back, or be passive. God has a part to play, and we have a part as well. We are active in the part God calls us to engage in which is being a steward with emphasis on being faithful. We rest from trying to play God’s role. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12
  1. Faithful – We are called to be faithful stewards of the process. The process we play is to do our part – being faithful in the little things, for example, having right motives, valuing people, doing all things with excellence, and being dependable. People can count on us.  We are present and not following our own personal agenda. Luke 16:10, 1 Corinthians 4:2
  1. Thankful – We are called to be thankful in everything. Having an attitude of gratefulness is both an act of faith and prayer. We do not need to be thankful specifically for the pain, the loss, or the hurt; however, we can be thankful that God is in control. He is not asleep at the wheel. He has our best interests at heart.   He is with us.   We are not alone. We can be thankful that God will use even the negative circumstances for good in some way in our life. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Philippians 4:6-7, Romans 8:28-29
  1. Hopeful – We are called to fix our hope on the Lord and not the things of this earth. When our hope is clear, it will be centered on the eternal, and the fact that Christ lives in and through you. Our hope is in the Word, the character of God, and in eternity. Hope then animates or gives expression to our faith. Our calling or purpose provides us with hope which is the motivator for are actions. Ephesians 1:18-19, Colossians 1:27, Romans 15:4, 13.

Romans 15:13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

A Last Word About Self-Discipline

In addition to these four actions, there are a number of other personal qualities you will need in order to live out your purpose. One of them is self-discipline. Its most simple definition is the exercise of self-control in working to achieve your cause. Here are a few thoughts for you to improve how you use your time:  

  • Tracking Daily Activities explains how to track your activities so you can form an accurate picture of what you actually do which is the first step to effective time management.
  • Remember, the focus of time management is actually changing your behaviors not changing time.
  • Set your specific goals and track them over time to see whether or not you are accomplishing them.
  • Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Do not start your day until you complete your time plan.
  • Start each day with a time management session prioritizing the tasks for that day and setting your performance benchmark.
  • Remember 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations, and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
  • Determining Your Personal Return On Investment.
  • Take the time to organize a file management system.
  • Do not waste time waiting!

As you find and fulfill your purpose, I want to encourage you that God has created purpose from the very beginning! He wants you succeed, and He will help you achieve it with grace and wisdom.  


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