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I’m sorry there is a dog in the freezer! (That’s not what a freezer is for)

By October 21, 2017 Leadership, Personal Development, Uncategorized

Have you ever had one of those “WHAT IN THE WORLD” kind of days? I sure have! In fact, I just had one! I couldn’t believe it! It started with helping a friend of mine move a freezer. That’s not a bad deal… I like this guy and enjoy hanging out with him. He has helped me and it was a joy to help him… plus he makes me laugh!

Dog in the Freezer:

So we went to his neighbor’s house to help move a freezer. The neighbor was polite but not overly nice.  (I’m going to fast forward a little). As I approached the open freezer the neighbor said, “um, well, I have a dog in the freezer.” So… I quickly decided to respond in a way that might be equally as shocking. I said, “M’am, I don’t care what you eat! I won’t judge you!” Apparently, it did the trick. Seeing her face turn white was well worth the comment. She immediately shared that she had not found time to bury her dog and assured me that is why it was in the freezer. She became much nicer after my comment and even joked around with us a bit. But here is what immediately stood out to me… that freezer was not intended to hold an animal for burial.

What were we made for: 

A person can use a freezer to hold an animal for burial but that is not why the freezer was created! It was made for us to keep our food until we are ready to thaw it out and eat it! It is intended to give us life, not to preserve death. That also got me thinking… We were intended to give life and not preserve (or wait around for) death!

We can live sub-par lives and wonder into all types of useless endeavors but we weren’t made for that!!! Even at a cursory reading of the creation account found in Genesis 1 & 2 (and John 1) there are some things that stand out:

We are created for community:

God exists in three persons –  We notice that immediately He is in community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We were not intended to be alone. In fact, we are told that “it is not good” for us to be alone! We are meant for community… how are you doing with that? We could live (for a short time) without it… but we weren’t made for that!

We are created for creativity:

The first thing we know about God is from Genesis and we learn that He is creative! “In the beginning, God created…” From nothing, something! He’s awesome! Not to ruin the punch line BUT because we were created in His image then a big part of who we are is being creative (click here for how we see ourselves)! We can choose to be boring… but we weren’t made for that!

We are created for good… very good:

We were created on purpose and for purpose (click here to learn about being created on purpose and for purpose) Genesis 1:27 states, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Then we read that “…God blessed them…” At the end of the day God looks over His creation and says that it is good, “very good”! That’s how the Creator of the universe sees us, His creation – VERY GOOD! We could do evil… but we weren’t made for that! 

We are created in His image:

The highest of all compliments has already been alluded to… WE HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD! Wow! No other creature gets that honor! This is not said of anything, not even the angels! This unique and high honor is reserved for humans! God must have something special in mind for humans that He created them in His image! That’s so cool! We can choose to act like we are not special, we could wonder aimlessly around and pretend that our lives don’t matter… but we weren’t made for that!

Conclusion:

Getting back to living in such a way that we reflect the purpose of why we were created makes us reconsider our lives (click here to learn about your next steps). I wonder if angels look at human beings in shock when we live less than we could! I wonder if they gasp when when the unique creation called, humans, wonder around functioning in a way that we were not created for. Don’t be like the freezer that I moved, used to preserve death! LIVE LIFE… we were made for that!

AS ALWAYS… BECOME GREATER BY POINTING UP AND MOVING FORWARD!

– Kenny White

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Leadership and Purpose: 5 Reflections on being created with Purpose

By July 13, 2017 Leadership, Personal Development

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.

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