I believe we were all created for a specific reason. There is a reason why we are all different, why we each have different talents, gifts, and personalities. After a night having a few beers by myself at a local pub about a year ago I came home and picked up the worlds greatest motivational book, the Bible. I was not in a good place in my life. I had achieved “success” for a 23 year old. With no college degree I had managed to get a pretty good paying job with a promising future. Previously I had gone through a six month period of time sleeping on a couch having just enough money to eat two meals a day, mostly consisting of peanut butter and jelly, lost most of my friends, to now having what I thought was success. What that success was, was what the world wanted. Like many of you, I was looking for purpose, I wanted to find the reason for my life.
When I got home that night I opened the Bible to the book of Ephesians and read a verse that from that moment forward changed my life. It says “For we are gods handiwork created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which god planned in advance for us to do.” From that moment forward I determined that there is a specific reason for my life and I decided to stop everything and search. It wasn’t easy. But neither has anything been in my life. Ive had to work for everything in my life. Everything I have achieved or accomplished in my life has only come from hard work and persistence through a lot of failure.
Coaching soccer has been the most challenging thing I have ever done. There are good days and there are bad days. Its hard. Many days I wonder am I doing enough. Many days I wonder am I saying the right things to my players. Some days I want to quit. But there is nothing more that I love than looking one of my players in the eyes and telling them that I believe in them and that they can do it. Ive learned through daily failure that leadership is tough and it takes daily improvement. I am no where near the leader I can or will become but there is no doubt that I am created to lead and its my responsibility. Ive learned that finding your purpose isn’t all butterflies and rainbows, but in fact its the most challenging thing you will probably ever do especially if you want to give it everything you’ve got. However I have learned that even though its hard, its worth it.
Recently I have received random phone calls and have heard through multiple people how much of an impact I have made on their kids. That their kids look up to me, that I am motivating, that they feel like they believe in themselves more because of me. When I hear those things, especially after a hard day, I become extremely thankful that I read that verse in the Bible and decided to seek the purpose for my life. I am extremely thankful that I quit that “great” job I had one day randomly with absolutely no idea what I was going to do. We all have a value that is unique to us that we are supposed to bring to the world. We all have a gift or talent that is unique to us that we need to let loose. Its not going to be easy, its not going to be all butterflies and rainbows but I can promise you that it will be worth it.
(Sorry for any grammatical errors, my goal isn’t to impress you, it’s to inspire you)
The Professional Encourager and Uplifter