Purpose Surrendered- Saul of Tarsus and the Power of Change

Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” When God created us he made us in his image. In the same way our children share our characteristics we share the characteristics of God. In the same way a mirror reflects our likeness we are made to reflect the glory of

Mary and Martha- Discovering Purpose and Values

What does living out our purpose and design look like? Living out your purpose and design isn’t always big and flashy. Most of us dream about being the hero in a grand story. We don’t want to be the lowly supporting actor who only shows up during 5 minutes in one episode and is immediately killed off. Most of us don’t get rich and convert thousands by living out our purpose and design. We tend to base our value on our perception of the bigger picture. The things is, we don’t

What Makes a Value (Part 3)

Values are interesting things. They drive us and motivate us. But, what happens when what we value is dismissed, critiqued and shamed. Our personhood suffers! We can't separate what we value from who we are as a human being and so, we feel personally dismissed, critiqued and shamed. If the value is a subconscious one it can be even more damaging. A subconscious value is like a background program running on a computer. We have to have it in order to operate correctly and can't

What Makes a Value (Part 2)

You've wrestled. You've discussed. You've discovered your core values. You may have also discovered that living from your values is associated with pain, disappointment, heartache, fear and shame. Here's a few examples: You value being in control and bringing order out of chaos but, you've been told that you're too much, too bossy and too controlling. You value recognition & appreciation. You love to know that what you are doing is making a positive impact on the people aroun

What Makes a Value

When you think about what you value what pops into your mind? So often we don't take the time to really think about what we value and ironically what we value determines our every step. Value is defined as "a person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life." Values are what we use to determine if we are succeeding or failing and they are what keep us motivated in our relationships, our work and our recreation. We live and die by our v