Pursuing Purpose Means Daring Decisions

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Are you ready to tackle big challenges and pursue your passion and purpose? This week I talked about a big decision I had to make in order to pursue the purpose God has given me. Now it’s your turn!


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Inspired Life

As I weigh out what is important to me and where to invest my time, I’ve also been burning the candle at both ends many days. So, I have weighed things out to figure out what to keep and what to let go of. This week, I share how I’ve processed through advice from friends, comparing it with what God has called me to. I also ask you the question: What is standing in the way of God’s purposed for you? 

Podcasting is at the heart of what I want to do because it’s an extension of the ministry that I believe God called me to. The ministry of reaching people who are hurting and broken and helping them find hope in the midst of the trashy stuff of life. However, the paying freelance work and the volunteer work had started to crowd out my passion.  

I’m honored to do work for some great clients, but bottom line, I believe God is not honored when I forsake what he has called me to do—write and podcast—to spend all my time pursuing a paycheck.  

Life, Repurposed

Can you think of examples of something in your life that you wish you could do but it feels indulgent because there isn’t even enough time to eat a proper meal or get sleep?  

I don’t want to look back 10 years from now and think I wasted 10 years trying to fill up a bank account. My drastic move was to quit some of my work. As hard as it was, I’m sensing God giving a smile and a green light.  

Here’s what makes it terrifying. Podcasting doesn’t pay any bills. In fact, it costs money. Writing doesn’t pay the bills either. But I realized that fear of the unknown, financially, has kept me from taking the leap of obedience. Are you there too? 

Looking back, I can have this realization of just how many leaps I’ve taken, and God has provided. 

  • I left a nursing career to raise our two sons and gave up 2/3 of our family income.  
  • We moved our family two a new town to live on less income with bigger expenses.  
  • I left a job at an agency to become a freelancer with no sure promise of income.  

What risk is God asking you to take for your purpose? What fear gets in the way?  

Let’s do this together and pursue purpose! 

Recommended Resource

Win at Work and Succeed at Life: 5 Principles to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork

If you believe that you can either put in long hours and get ahead in your career or set aside your ambition to enjoy a full personal life, you're facing an impossible choice. 

Why not have both career success and a rich personal life? 

In Win at Work and Succeed at Life, New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and CEO Megan Hyatt Miller debunk the myths that prop up the “Cult of Overwork” and show you how to achieve at work without sacrificing your personal life—a concept called the Double Win. 

This is the idea that you don’t have to sacrifice your career for your relationships, health, or personal interests. You also don’t have to compromise your personal life to achieve professional success. 

You can have both. And Michael and Megan detail the precise steps to help you make it happen.


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