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3 Ps

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Purpose. Plan. People.

I really want to focus on these three Ps.


I think purpose is a driving force in our life. To me, living with purpose is to have a reason WHY we do everything that we do. Without it, I feel aimless.

Looking harder at the idea of “purpose” or “mission” I realize that God operates with immense purpose, too. He doesn’t make mistakes. He is working.

I think it’s a good idea to jump on board with what God is up to, so I want to be aligned with God’s purpose in all my ways.


If I have a destination to get to, I probably want some kind of method to guide me–directions, a map, compass, GPS, or what have you.


So, if I have a sense of purpose to drive me, then it would be smart to have a plan to get there.

Plans are helpful for me in all areas–a plan to spend my time wisely, a plan to cultivate good thought patterns, a plan to nourish myself spiritually, a plan to grow in relationships, a plan to fuel my body on a bike ride…

Some of my plans are more well-developed and practiced than others, and some get re-routed or deleted entirely, but I’m learning that what gets planned gets addressed. What doesn’t get planned typically gets neglected.

I believe that God uses plans, too; and that He chooses to include people in His plans to accomplish His purpose. We get to participate with what He’s up to in the world and in us.


I want my life to reflect that people matter. To God. To me.

People matter because God made them and He loves each one incomprehensibly. Therefore, I think that people should matter to me, too.

How do I live like people really do matter?

I think that this comes down to individual relationships. I cannot possibly know and care about each human being in all eternity, but I can seek to understand and care deeply for the human sitting/walking/driving/speaking right in front of me in this moment. I can listen to; I can bake for; I can help do; I can be with…

What’s your purpose? Do you have a plan?

It seems really simple written down in two sentences, but a lot of times I find myself stumbling around with no plan.

Maybe I’m assuming I’ll stumble upon my destination, my purpose, by some Irish luck (I’m somewhat Irish).

Maybe I’ve taken my eyes off my purpose entirely, distracted by the noise and cares of modern life, and need some reminding that there’s work to be done.

I’m still here on this earth at this time, so I still have purpose here and now.

In connecting these three P concepts, I found this excerpt from Bob Goff’s “Love Does” to be quite fitting:

We’re God’s plan, and we always have been. We aren’t just supposed to be observers, listeners, or have a bunch of opinions. We’re not here to let everyone know what we agree and don’t agree with, because, frankly, who cares? Tell me about the God you love; tell me about what He has inspired uniquely in you; tell me about what you’re going to do about it, and a plan for your life will be pretty easy to figure out from there. I guess what I’m saying is that most of us don’t get an audible plan for our lives. It’s way better than that. We get to be God’s plan for the whole world by pointing people toward Him.


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One of my goals is to live a simple life.  Some things that I aspire to live out:

  1. quitting is okay (sometimes). it can make newer, simpler, better opportunities open up.
  2. get a good great organizer/planner. online vs. paper is super cool. I like this one.
  3. declutter your life (mental/physical/emotional). only keep what you really want and need.
  4. declutter your closet. start with getting rid of one item every week.
  5. when you think about doing something, do it…before it adds another thing to your “to-do” pile.
  6. take a break. even if only for 20 seconds. breathe.
  7. journal. write out all of your thoughts. make a list. write a poem, free verse, or song. talk it out. pray. be honest. get it out.
  8. be you. be genuinely you and only you.
  9. just say no. you cannot please everyone. remember that saying yes to something is simultaneously saying no to other things.
  10. know what you really want.  make sure you really want it. go after it. do not settle for less.
  11. stop worrying. there is no room for that (see below). be like a child.

Matthew 6:25-34New International Version (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.