Leadership and Purpose: 5 Reflections on being created with Purpose

Leadership and Purpose – 5 Reflections on being created with Purpose

Sometimes we get things out of order!  I understand why! We like to get to the end! There is a thing in creative writing / brainstorming called “Z-Thinking”. It requires you to start with the end in mind! It is a great practice! However, if you do not begin with the beginning then when times are tough and you feel lonely (and those days will come) then you are up the proverbial creek without a paddle!

You and I start with purpose! Let’s not begin by limiting “purpose” to a thing or a direction. That’s just silly. Often that type of thinking assumes that our profession is why we exist or that this “one thing” is why we do what we do. We are parents, workers, children, neighbors, believers, consumers, thinkers, doers, etc. So it is terribly important that we begin with the fact that we are created on purpose, with purpose, and for purpose.

Here are some reflections on being created on purpose, with purpose and for purpose.

1)   You are no accident –

Because there is an infinite God, who is the Creator and He makes everything for a reason (see Genesis 1) and He calls it good and He governs creation then it is a fact you are here on purpose!  No matter what your parents say, nor your text books (we are a cosmic accident, who randomly exist and it won’t matter after we die) we are created with purpose and for such a time as this!

2)  You are a part of a design –

There is a grand picture. History pointed to the coming of the Messiah and now points at the Messiah. We are a part of a cosmic orchestration that will point all creation to the beauty and wonder of a perfect God who redeems! We get to join in on the fun!

3)  There are things bigger than your self –

In a time when it seems like the world is all about us it is important to know that there is something (more like Some One) greater than ourselves. There is a God who loves us deeply and draws us to Himself. He designed us with passions and gifts to point others to Himself as He draws us to Himself! What an amazing God!

4)  You make an impact –

Because God creates with purpose then it is important to note that we make an impact. If word pictures are your thing then consider the strands of a tapestry. Each one is needed and crisscrosses very purposefully with other strands. From the back of this tapestry it looks random BUT from the front it is obvious! You are a part of a tapestry and you make an impact!

5)  Other people are also created on purpose –  

Let’s not forget the obvious. If we were created with purpose and on purpose then others were also. Some may think that means that we all lose value (if everyone wins then no one wins). However, that is not a valid argument. Each person has a place and has a role.

Starting with the end in mind is helpful when we are working on a project but it is not where we live life. If you are a leader or a potential leader then remember that you are created on purpose, with purpose and for purpose.

8 Replies to “Leadership and Purpose: 5 Reflections on being created with Purpose”

  1. You are quite correct to say we are each created by God for His purpose; chief among which is to glorify Him.

    We do this best by seeking first to understand others impacted by us, then to be understood by them.

    This requires active listening to people, which is best done when we are actively listening to and submitting to the Spirit of the Son of God living in us (See Galatians 4:6).

    The best leaders are the best listeners because they are the best learners.

  2. “Starting with the end in mind is helpful when we are working on a project but it is not where we live life. If you are a leader or a potential leader then remember that you are created on purpose, with purpose and for purpose.” – Kenny White

    This right here! Such a great reminder as i walk with God in my daily life and learn to lead in business with Him at the center of it.

  3. “If you are a leader or a potential leader then remember that you are created on purpose, with purpose and for purpose”. This statement confuses me a little, so please enlighten me. Keep in mind that I am an overthinker by nature. You don’t have to be a leader to be created on purpose with purpose and for a purpose. There are so many that are more comfortable serving rather than leading. But the same is true for all mankind; we are all created for His purpose.
    1 problem I have personally is I start with the end In mind, but get bogged down in the details and can easily get derailed. My focus is on God first and that will normally help keep me on track. But I admit it can be hard staying on track when distractions happen.

    1. Mary, Thank you for your comments, insight and clarity. I agree with all you had to say. The specific blog was written to leaders (or future leaders). The intent was to clarify they are made with purpose and that as a leader who has been created “on purpose, with purpose and for purpose” they are enabled to perpetuate that truth to those they lead. Thank you again for commenting. I look forward to hearing from you in the future!

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