12 results for tag: purpose


What Martin Luther King Jr. Taught Me About the Meaning of Life

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 86 today. His legacy continues to inspire millions, including myself. In my previous post, I wrote about my twenty favorite MLK quotes that have influenced my worldview in life. Today, I'd like to share my thoughts on what Martin Luther King Jr. taught me about the meaning of life. Six months before he was assassinated , Martin Luther King delivered a lesser known but exceptionally insightful address on the topic of purpose and meaning of life. In just 563 words, delivered at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, King suggests three relevant and powerful ways to seek a meaningful life. The ...

The Man Who Changed His Life After Reading His Obituary

One morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, the man who had spent his life amassing a fortune from the manufacture and sale of weapons, awoke to read his own obituary. The obituary was printed as a result of a simple journalistic error. Alfred's brother had died, and a French reporter carelessly reported the death of the wrong brother. Any man would be disturbed under the circumstances, but to Alfred the shock was overwhelming because he saw himself as the world saw him - "the dynamite King (the weapon maker)," the great industrialist who had made an immense fortune from explosives. (more…)

If You Must Live, Live Strictly on Purpose

About the Author: Ignatius Onuoha is a multifaceted and multitalented young man, a chemical engineer by profession, a writer, teacher and motivational speaker by passion and a preacher by calling. He is the initiator of the soon to launch MTOP NETWORK INTERNATIONAL, an NGO committed to raising leaders with revolutionary mindset. He has been committed to developing and empowering the youth to use their God-given potentials to fulfill purpose and destiny. You can connect with him on Facebook and his blog. Living with purpose is the only way to really live. Everything else is just existing. With the billions of people living on ...

10 Quotes that Will Radically Reshape Your Idea of Calling

Tim Keller on "Why Calling Matters" “Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will come to naught. Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavour, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.” Os Guinness on "Making an Idol of Work" “Do we enjoy our work, love our work, virtually worship our work so that our devotion to Jesus is off-center? Do we put our emphasis on service, usefulness, or being productive in ...

A Dream Factory from Hell: When Can Your Dreams Steal Your Joy?

  There’s a lot of encouragement to dream big, but more important than the size of the dream is where it’s really coming from and why. Is your dream really God’s vision for your life? Not all dreams bring life. The wrong dream rising from the wrong place will suffocate joy rather than create it. For nine years my dream was to earn a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University, replace my mentor as the Chaplain at my alma mater, and teach in the Religion Department. Nothing could dissuade or sidetrack me. I spent a ridiculous amount of money, moved my family twice, and sacrificed almost everything for this dream. Eventually, ...

Why Calling Must Matter to Christian Leaders

Back in 2005, I was sitting in a church service in Muncie, IN and I heard God tell me that I should be a pastor. After hearing this, I immediately told my wife who confirmed that call in my life. In the weeks and months after that several others confirmed it as well. I then took steps to move in that direction by enrolling in seminary and speaking with pastors to uncover what it would take to align my life with God’s calling for me. In 2011 I was hired as a full-time pastor at the church where I currently serve. It was a long road with many ups and downs and obstacles along the way, but I am exactly where I believe God has called me. Romans 12 ...

A Tribute to Paul Lee’s Legacy

We all grapple with inescapable, fundamental questions like, “How do I discover my purpose and core values? What does a well-lived life look like? What’s the meaning of life, anyway?” God is not only the Creator and Author of life, but the Grand Weaver. Life isn’t just a series of random strands of thread, but experiences which God weaves into a magnificent piece of workmanship. Our lives have meaning and purpose. At least that made sense in theory until a few weeks ago. On the morning of June 6, 2014, my girlfriend called me at work, weeping uncontrollably. When she collected herself and relayed the devastating news of a shooting ...

4 Tips On How To Take Action Toward Fulfilling Our Purpose

This is a guest post written by Dave Arnold, a writer and speaker who works with refugees and immigrants in the Detroit-area.  He is passionate about hospitality and believe deeply in helping people find purpose in the alley. In 1929, Henry Ford created the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, guided by Ford’s philosophy of “learning by doing.” (more…)

Unshakable Confidence in our Calling – Jeremiah 1:7-8

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:7-8 ESV) As I read the story of Jeremiah, I cannot help but think of the spectrum of emotions this young prophet must have grappled with. Imagine the overwhelming sense of fear and inadequacy that surrounded this young man’s response to this call coupled with an awe-struck realization that the living God has called him as his vessel for a greater purpose… At a young age, Jeremiah was called to ...

Quotes Worth Memorizing: “Purpose”

“The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buchener (more…)