What is it that makes you cry? What is it that makes you emotional? What is it that stirs up emotions in you that make you want to do something about the situation? The answers to these questions are your first clues to discovering a life that matters – a life of intentional living!
What makes ME emotional is people not living up to their God-given potential. I see this all around me in the various roles I take on in my life.
- As a martial arts instructor, I see people who could be great martial artists if they would only apply themselves to practicing and working hard. It is my role to encourage, challenge, and teach in a way that brings out the best in each of the students. However, there are some who have the natural ability, but lack the passion.
- As a pastor, I see people who never quite give their lives fully to God. They struggle and wonder why God doesn’t bless them when the reality is that they are holding back from God. It’s only when we give ourselves fully to God that we truly experience all of His blessing in life.
- As a coach and mentor to churches and pastors, I see people who want a different result, but aren’t willing to change what and how they do things, so that they can achieve a greater result. I also see men and women who are called of God to serve in full-time ministry, working in other careers because they aren’t willing to allow God to lead them wherever He wants them to go.
- As a business customer, I see organizations that could increase sales and provide better customer service if they would only make a few simple changes in their organization. As the consumer, it is so obvious what needs to happen to make a company great. However, it, too, requires changes that either the leaders of the organization fail to see, or they just don’t care.
In all these examples, people fail to live up to their full potential and I wonder what this world could be like if they did.
What makes me cry, then, is the story of someone who does live up to their full potential in Christ. Someone who understands and does what is necessary to become the man or woman that God has created them to be in this life. THAT is what moves me emotionally. THAT is what I want to give the rest of my life to help people discover – how to live up to their full potential. That, for me is intentional living.
ACTION STEP: Sit down right now and make a list of things that move you emotionally, or make you cry. You might just learn a bit about who you were created to be and what your purpose is in this life.