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.