Hey guys! Today’s post is going deep…I was a counselor after all and this idea of “show up and live with purpose” has been coming at me from a couple different places so I thought I would share/process/be open about it with all of you.
Last night I was listening to the Jillian Michael’s podcast and she made an interesting point that Danni (this year’s Biggest Loser) showed up every workout. She showed up physically, but also showed up mentally—giving her all in her workouts and emotionally—by being willing to do the tough inner work that contributed to her weight gain. Jillian attributed her success and anyone’s success whether in job, marriage, friendship, weight, or other project to showing up every time.
Which also made me think of a conversation I recently had with a coworker. We were talking about one of the taglines our camp uses “vacation with a purpose” and about how to convey that in different words maybe “vacation on purpose” or “family time on purpose”. We talked about purpose and vision for life—doing family on purpose, marriage on purpose, extra activities on purpose. I walked away from that conversation with an increased desire to be intentional and purposeful not to exalt myself or show how awesome I am, but because I see that intentionality and purpose in the life of Christ and I believe by being intentional and purposeful I can bring Him glory.
Seriously, do good things happen by accident? Does a marathon happen on accident? Does financial freedom happen on accident? Does a good marriage—not just a long-lasting marriage happen on accident? Does real, deep, peace and satisfaction happen on accident? Does anything worth having happen on accident?
This made me think along two veins. First, where have I been “phoning it in”? Where can I step up and really show up physically, mentally, and emotionally in my life? Where can I be more purposeful and intentional? It sounds kind of dumb, but one area I’m trying to be more purposeful about is my housekeeping. I had kind of fallen into a clean when it’s dirty philosophy which had fallen into a clean when it’s so dirty I can’t stand it. I printed myself a housekeeping schedule that breaks cleaning into daily tasks—I love how structured and purposeful it is!
Second, although I want to be purposeful and intentional that doesn’t mean I have to go completely hardcore, balls to the wall, all my eggs in one basket. Sometimes just being present is enough. Being purposeful doesn’t mean being perfect. That may mean for a workout that instead of a tough weight session I do a moderate yoga session (this happened on Monday). For my relationships that may mean that I focus on communicating and doing the little things, not the grand gestures.
So I guess this is a challenge to you and a challenge to myself to show up and live with purpose. It’s easy to fall into complacency, but life is too incredibly short to live distracted or half-hearted.