5 Minutes to Listen


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” 

Proverbs 3:5-6

It takes about 5 minutes to read through a normal Our Purposeful Life blog post.  Today, instead of spending 5 minutes listening to us, I would like you to spend 5 minutes listening to God.  Really listening.  Not making a speech at God.  Not making a list of requests.  Listening.

If you need to, set a 5 minute timer to make sure you get in the full time.

Don’t make it harder or more ‘religious’ or ‘spiritual’ than it has to be.  There are just 2 steps:

1)      Start your day today by acknowledging Him.  He is here, and He is interested in you.  Acknowledge that fact.

2)      Ask Him to guide you.  Really – whatever you have going on today, ask Him for advice.  Tough conversations, decisions about the weekend or next year, even the mundane details of life.

This is something that will take practice, just like every other meaningful and enjoyable activity in your life.  Just like every other relationship you have.  Start out with some broad questions and some specific yes/no questions.  And take time to really listen.  Ok, start…….now!


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Fuel Your Effectiveness: Everything You Need to Know About Nutrition

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Green apple.

I was thinking about energy and health and nutrition and thought I would put together an incredibly simple list of nutrition principles.  At first glance it doesn’t exactly fit with our blog’s usual theme, but everything is related when considering how to be a well-balanced leader.  I had a couple posts (here and here) about the inter-relationship of Time, Money, Energy, Focus, and Relationships, and health certainly affects all of those.

For example, a healthy lifestyle boosts your immune system, which keeps you from getting sick as often.  (I am not very productive when I am sick.  Just ask my wife.)  It is impossible to be at your peak energy level without good health, and my ability to focus is also closely tied to healthy eating habits.

When discussing our diet, weight loss/weight preservation usually seems to be the focus.  And that is important, no doubt. However, there is a lot more to nutrition than that.  With that in mind, here are a few basic principles to get you started.  Continue Reading…

Light and Momentary

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Are you going through some pain right now?  Do you feel like you are a long way from anything remotely glorious?  You are not alone.  I hope that this verse will encourage you; it is a passage that has always made me shake my head in amazement.  In this verse, Paul talks about his suffering, and he describes it as minor, and temporary.  Here it is in context:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Light and momentary?!?  I don’t know if you have read Acts or Paul’s letters recently, but Paul’s suffering would not be categorized as ‘light’ in most people’s books.  He was arrested, beaten, hounded and hassled throughout his apostolic career, as he explained later in the letter.  And yet, he could write this with honesty and truth:  “It’s manageable, really!”  I think the key to his attitude was his understanding of eternity.  As he looked at his problems with Heaven and eternity in mind, then it truly was just a temporary inconvenience on the long, unending path of joy.  Paul was so fixated on the invisible and eternal reality that he was hardly even distracted by the circumstances around him. Continue Reading…

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