Once a month, we take a break from our regular Sunday Life Group gatherings to make space to actually practice what we are learning, like a workshop where we are equipped for Kingdom living in the way of Jesus. Sure, doing a Bible study on praying for the sick or listening to the voice of God is great. But imagine actually practicing this together. This is where real learning and growth happens. This is how a student becomes a practitioner. This is what The Practice is all about.
As we do every Sunday, we begin our time together with a family-style potluck dinner. Sharing a meal together is at the heart of our desire to be a community where everyone is known and loved. Jesus is bringing complete strangers together around this table and making us into a family.
What’s the topic for The Practice this session?
Living with Passion and Purpose
Thomas Merton said, "If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the things I want to live for."
Each of us are created in the image of God for a purpose far greater than us. We were created for more than just our own personal fulfillment or happiness. If we want to know why we were placed on this planet, we must begin with God. We were born by his purpose and for his purpose. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, and our purpose.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
So, what do you want to be when you grow up? That question may appear a little trite, but think about it for a moment. Are you - right now - who you want to be, what you dreamed you'd be doing, what you always wanted to do? Be honest. Sometimes people find themselves achieving victories that are empty - successes that have come at the expense of things that were far more valuable to them.
Living on purpose means that we live with the end in mind - the ability to envision what you cannot at present see with your eyes. If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. Living on purpose means to begin each day with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.