So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. — 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 NLT
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.” – Greek poet Archilochus
If you spent time with anyone who’s considered an expert in their field, you’d recognize a trend; they’ve all mastered the fundamentals in their area of expertise. Everyone wants to be great and have a great impact on the world, but it requires doing things that aren’t considered great. It requires small steps in the same direction on a consistent basis.
Purpose isn’t discovered in a day; it’s uncovered and developed every day!
Luke 2:52 says Jesus grew in stature and wisdom. Jesus was the son of God, but while he was on earth, he had to grow consistently to become the man and ultimately the savior he was destined to be. At 12 years old, Jesus’ parents found him teaching in the temple. When asked why he was there, he said, “Didn’t you know I must be about my father’s business.” I don’t know a lot of 12 years-old who know why they are here and the habits they are called to cultivate. Jesus had a lifestyle comprised of habits; early morning prayer, fasting, reading scripture, performing miracles, being with his community of disciples. Jesus didn’t grow by accident; he intentionally grew every day with a laser focus on his purpose.
Habits are small steps taken consistently to lead us toward God’s vision for our lives. Some habits are obvious and easy, while others aren’t. Habits can be daily, weekly, monthly, or annual, depending on their purpose. The goal is to make sure your habits align with your purpose. This builds a foundation to grow from. The stronger our habits and the more consistent they are with our purpose, the more we will experience God’s purpose in our lives.
Game Changers master the fundamentals because it’s essential to God’s future for their lives.
What are your current habits? Are they consistent with the purpose God has for your life?