Can you narrow your life’s purpose to one simple phrase?
We all have a calling. That thing we can’t help not doing. It draws us. Compels us. It gets us up early in the morning and keeps us awake at night. If we could abandon everything else, we would quit our jobs and dive into it with every ounce of energy we possess.
God’s will for our lives.
It doesn’t matter what you call it. We are all talking about the same critical concept that affects our future. What is that ONE THING you need to give, share, or create for the world? (By the way, my spell checker wants to me to change the phrase to “in the world.” But we know the difference, don’t we? We are creating something for the world!)
I’ve had a pretty good idea of my calling for several years now. I want to write. I want to speak. I want to create resources that help people grow deeper in their faith, love their families better, and discover their purpose. That took me months and years to uncover and form in my own life. But honestly, it is still a little vague. But three weeks ago, I had a break through!
My oldest daughter, Ellie, lives in a different state with her mother and step-dad. (I was married and divorced by the age of 25. We will talk more about that story another time. Or you can learn a little more about it in my free ebook. You can get it here.) Ellie visited with us over spring break, and I was taking her back to meet her mom. It’s a 2.5 hour drive each way, so it gives me plenty of time to myself on the drive back home. I usually listen to music, podcasts, think, and connect with friends. This time, I called my friend, Jason, to share with him some of my thoughts and dreams for Phosphorus. During the conversation, he asked one key question. I instantly knew it was critical.
What is the ONE thing you want to share with the world? What is your mantra, your story, your specific platform?
For years, I had been working towards this goal without realizing it. People would ask me, “What is Phosphorus?” and I wouldn’t have a good answer. I narrowed down my passions to helping people grow in their faith, I love being a family man, and helping people discover their true purpose. I can give my life to these three areas. But that is still pretty wide open. Faith alone is a huge avenue filled with a million different angles and opinions.
Could I narrow it down more? If I were standing in front of an audience for one night and could only share one thing, what would it be? What would I want to leave them with? I couldn’t possibly talk about every aspect of Faith, Family, or how to discover their Purpose. So, given 15 minutes to speak, what would my topic be?
Over the next few days, I thought about that question practically non-stop. I prayed about it over and over again. And, suddenly, it hit me. Actually, “suddenly” isn’t totally accurate. Yes, the answer came suddenly. But it was built on years of discovery and prayer. The preparation I had invested allowed God to share with me the next step of my journey in discovering my purpose. So, what did God uncover?
Faith is life.
It doesn’t get shorter than that. Faith. Is. Life. I haven’t been able to shake that phrase. Of course, I didn’t come up with the phrase. There is even a nice Instagram account called FaithisLife that seems to have more to do with nice pictures of pies. But for me, it was the ONE thing I had been searching for!
Faith is Life
Why this phrase? Over the past four years, I have not been able to get one verse out of my mind:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. -John 10:10
Earlier, I wrote about “What is the point of Christianity?” and said it came down to ONE word. It was based off this verse. Jesus came to bring us life. Not to make us better people. Not to give us a ton of rules to follow, but Life.
Of course, this little phrase is packed full of meaning. The idea of “Faith is Life” contains as many facets as a perfectly cut diamond. Over the coming weeks, months, and even years, I will by unpacking this idea. For now, let’s quickly look at two key areas.
Faith involves every area of life
Faith is life because there isn’t one area of life that faith does not intersect. Maybe you don’t realize that. Maybe you have reduced faith to a once-a-week, Sunday morning activity. That’s religion. That’s not faith. (P.S. I’m not a big fan of religion.) (P.P.S. Neither was Jesus.) Faith is deeply ingrained within us. It is written on our souls. Our hearts long for deep meaning and authentic faith. Faith doesn’t simply show up on the weekend. If you are living a different life during the week and then just going to church on the weekends, I hate to break it to you, but you are not a person of Faith. You are a person with some beliefs. Jesus would even call you “lukewarm.” True Faith extends through every activity, every thought, and every breath we take on some level. That doesn’t mean we have to always be talking about. It doesn’t mean that we weigh down others with it. It simply means that Faith is an expression of our true selves. Faith is [every aspect of] Life.
Faith brings life
If faith is an extension of our deepest humanity, then the lack of faith must mean the absence, on some level, of true life. If you have no faith, or have lost your faith, then you are missing a piece of the life you were intended to live. Of course, if that is you, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. You can sense the anger, bitterness, and rage inside you that is taking away from your quality of life. Or perhaps it is guilt and regret that has weakened your faith. Maybe you lost your faith when you lost a loved one. You understand that Faith is Life more than anyone. You know something died deep inside you the day you let your Faith go. But you just can’t seem to go back. The road seems too long, too hard. Faith seems so far away.
But it’s not!
God is waiting, patiently, for your return. Read the story in The Lost Son. Read it from the father’s perspective. He is so relieved when his son finally comes home!
True Faith brings true Life. It is the only way. Faith is [the answer to] Life.
So, here I go. I am embarking on a mission-a journey to share this message with the world. Faith is Life. Jesus is Life. That is why He came. Will you join me?
[reminder]Is Faith your life? Do you disagree? Are you a person of faith? Have you lost some of your faith? Why? What does Faith is Life mean to you?[/reminder]