Finding a purpose, and making a difference, in the stress of daily life may just be easier than we think.
BY MICHELLE MOORE
PHOTOGRAPH BY MIGUEL SAAVEDRA
With the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, it is so easy to keep our heads down and plow through the day with our noses to the grindstone, never taking any time for ourselves. A recent article on CNNMoney.com shared that 74 percent of women are currently active in America’s workforce. When that figure is coupled with the staggering divorce rates our country is experiencing—it’s no wonder many of us feel overwhelmed and stressed, wondering how to get it all done. It makes you think: Is this what I was created for?
Maybe. Or maybe not.
It all comes down to what Christians commonly refer to as purpose. Having purpose is what gives life meaning. In my leadership classes, I teach that we all are created with our own individual purposes. However, as Christians, we share a common purpose in life—our responsibility to lead people to the Kingdom. We do this by exhibiting great leadership qualities, giving grace, showing mercy, and most of all—by loving one another.
These are simple acts we all can do every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others’ needs.
So, the next time you get wrapped up in the busyness of your life, remember to take a deep breath, look up, and look around you to see who is in need. It could be something as simple as lending a caring ear or someone, holding the door open, or sharing a word of encouragement. Making a difference can be a small gesture, but a gesture that takes only a moment of your day can lead to a large impact—and could fulfill your purpose for that moment in time.
Michelle Moore is a regular contributor to Southern Guide to Life. She is an award winning author, speaker, leadership coach, and sales trainer. She is the author of ‘Selling Simplified’, and ‘Abandonment to Forgiveness’. To find out more, visit her online at BeYourTop.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BeYourTop. Visit her on Facebook.com/LeadershipPower, Linkedin.com, Google+, Goodreads.com, Pinterest.com, and Youtube.com