Treading water is a survival technique. If you are treading water in your life you are likely just surviving.
There is an option: Being Strategic. But what does that mean?
What it can mean is that instead of living like life is something that is “happening to you”, you become engaged in the life that has been given to you, knowing that there is a plan, and becoming an active participant.
So what are some examples of being engaged in my own life?
- Not being a victim of circumstance
- Being decisive
- Doing personal excavation and archeology to uncover my purpose and “why”.
- Discovering vision
- Know “who” you are.
- Get mentored/discipled
- Turn fear into faith
- Ask God to show you who you are and what you were created to do.
- Don’t be afraid of failure; turn failure into future success
- Develop a desire to raise other people up to discover their purpose.
- Do the next right thing
- Don’t compromise
- Know your limitations, and grow to embrace them
- Befriend your ego, let go of pride
- Treat trials as opportunities.
- Establish values and live them
All these things are elements of engagement. They will allow you to be “strategic” in your life. God created all of us with purpose, gifts, talents, and the ability to connect with Him as your source. Life is not just something to just”experience”. Life is to be lived with purpose.
Why is purpose so important? A purpose sets the entire context for our lives. Without defined purpose, we are just a haphazard combination of goals and non-goals and actions and non-actions meandering through space and time. A purpose is a plan for our life. Knowing our purpose helps us define our goals. It helps us avoid getting lost in the minutia of daily life by keeping our eyes on the target. It can make life much more enjoyable and effortless.
Purpose is not something that others choose for us; rather, it is something we must choose to believe exists for ourselves. It emerges from an exploration of what we value most. When we are defining our purpose in life, it is important to not worry about how we will go about achieving it. When we identify and commit to our intentions, the opportunities and methods for achieving our purpose will begin to show up. In fact, they are already in our lives, but we may not have noticed them because we were not paying attention.
Be strategic, involve yourself in your own life, and you won’t just tread water.
Jeremiah 29 has always been an encouragement to me that if I seek all that God has for me, I will find it, and find Him. Thirty five years ago I stopped treading water and existing, and chased God to discover all that He had for me, and I never stopped; and here I am, telling the story every day.
Jeremiah 29 “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.
I’ll turn things around for you.”