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What's the Point?

What's the Point?

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Why do you do what you do? What’s your end goal? Have you ever thought about this? A lot of us get up everyday and go to work. Then we come home, do a few things, then go to sleep. We then get up in the morning and start the routine over and days go by. Weeks. Months. Years.

Maybe your work looks different.

For you it looks like getting up in the morning and getting breakfast for the kids, changing diapers, helping with homework, and cleaning up around the house.

The average person spends about 99,117 hours at work in their lifetime. That’s A LOT of time. It’s even more saturated for a stay-at-home mom or an entrepreneur. Something has to be driving that desire daily.

What is it for you? Is it money? Is it a sense of accomplishment? Is it being the best mom ever? Is it necessity? At the end of the day, the only question that I believe will really matter is, “What’s the point?”

Here’s how I look at it, If I am going to spend close to 99,117 hours or close to 51 years (some of us have significantly less time left in this scenario) at work, I better know why. If I don’t know what’s driving me, two things may happen:

I will keep working towards an unidentified goal and never reach it or I will become cynical and resentful of my circumstances.

I’ve seen this happen to creative entrepreneurs who get stuck in the “development” part of their business; to parents who overwork and under appreciate their kids; and to employees who stay stuck in a job they hate.

Look at what the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote as he reflected on his work:

“I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 ESV)

Life moves so fast that sometimes we can lose sight of why we do what we do.

Jesus left us with the Lord’s Supper as a reminder of the price He paid for our sins and the assurance of the new life we have in Him. For Christians, we are renewed daily by God’s grace at work in our lives through Jesus. We also need to have a practical reminder of why we do what we do.

I want to leave you with this challenge. Write it down.

Write down why you do what you do and place it somewhere where you can easily access it.

When times get rough in your work, your kids get out of control, or you have one of those days you ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Your answer will be right there to keep you pressing forward.

Punch Fear in the Face

Punch Fear in the Face

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What are you afraid of? Take a moment. I really want you to think about it. Everyone is afraid of something, it's just part of living in this messed up world. So what is it for you?

  • Do you fear failing? That's a common one.
  • Do you fear losing?
  • Do you fear getting sick or not getting better?
  • Do you fear dying?

How about this, do you fear stepping out of your comfort zone? Hmmm. I think I just heard the majority of those reading this sigh and concede fear on this one!

Most people think as a pastor I have to be this brave, extroverted soul and I just laugh when I hear this. The truth is, I and every other leader I know in ministry and otherwise have one thing in common, we all fear something!

Recently I had to make a scary decision. I decided to resign my contract with a firm I have been working with for the past year. This decision was a difficult one.

Why? You guessed it... FEAR! Fear to believe that income would be replaced!

Here is how I came to the point to move forward with my decision to punch fear in the face and how you can do the same.

  • Begin with prayer: James 1:5 says "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." Before all else fails, pray.
  • Seek out Godly counsel: Run your fear by someone whom you know will give you balanced, Godly, and biblical feedback. God has designed His church to be a place where you have access to faithful believers, from your pastor(s), to the elders or other leaders, to the friends you are in community with there. Who are you talking your fears through with?
  • Consider the consequences: For me it was risking my personal health (I was stretched thin), risking my relationship with my family, and risking the health of Freedom, by giving them a pastor who had split commitments. What are you risking by letting fear hold you back?
  • Consider the benefits: For me, optimal personal health (mental/physical), more time for family, a vibrant, growing church, and a personal business that provides great passive income! What would be your benefits?
  • Consider the fallback plan: For me, I could always go back to full time employment. Not ideal, but if things don't work out "you gotta do what you gotta do!” What's your “Plan B?”
  • Consider the Word: 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” If you've prayed for wisdom and received it through Godly counsel and the Word, considered the consequences and benefits, and know what you are doing is not contrary to God's Word, realize that the fear you are feeling is not from God.

We all face fear. But don't let fear beat you up. Fight back and punch fear in the face through prayer, Godly counsel, considering the risk and rewards, and affirming God's promises in His Word!

Have you punched fear in the face and won? Share your experience by sharing your story on our Facebook wall!

Wanna learn more about punching fear in the face? Read John Acuff’s new book, Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters