Yesterday, we said that the first clue to gaining insight about a life that matters is to discover what moves you emotionally and makes you cry. In other words, what makes your heart break over things that are wrong in the world. You can see that post here.
The second clue to discovering a life that matters is to identify what makes you happy in life. It is no surprise that, as leaders, what makes us cry and what makes us happy are closely intertwined.
In my last post I stated that what makes me emotional (i.e. cry) is people not living up to their God-given potential. As I reflected on today’s teachings, I quickly answered John’s question about what makes me happy (i.e. sing). It is simple. What makes me sing is helping someone to live up to their God-given potential – whether it is someone stepping across the line of faith and giving their lives to Christ, or someone who learns a new principle or teaching that opens up the door of potential in their lives. Adding value to others and helping them achieve success in their lives is a very fulfilling experience.
What I discovered in this lesson is that both are intertwined. What makes me sing/happy in this life is helping to change the outcome of something that makes me emotional/cry. Using the examples from my previous post…
- Martial arts – helping that under-performing student discover and live up to their full potential.
- Pastor – helping someone discover how God created them for a relationship with Him and for a purpose in this world. As they discover that purpose in this world, they begin to live up to their full potential.
- Coach – helping a church and its leaders discover how they can change a few simple things about their organizational systems and get great results in living up to their full potential in God’s Kingdom.
- Business – helping a business owner or manager discover a few simple changes that make all the difference in how they relate to their customers and employees. Then, the business begins to find it full potential in the community.
I’ve learned two steps to discovering a life that matters: (1) what concerns me is people/organizations not living up to their full potential; and (2) what excites me is helping people/organizations live up to that full potential.
So, today, what makes YOU sing? You might just discover that the answer is closely related to the answer to the question of what makes you cry. Then, you, too, will have the second major piece of the puzzle to experiencing a life of intentional living. So, take a moment and discover a clue to living an intentional life.
ACTION STEP: Take a few minutes right now to make a list of the things that make you sing (happy) in life. As you read over your list, you’ll begin to discover your path to a life that matters.