August 29 2013

Invest Your Heart Well!

If you believe people need your heart more than your stuff this blog may be for you.

What story is your life telling?   We only get one chance!

Is your life having the impact you intend?

Mine wasn’t, and I was oblivious to it.

Taking on Goliath is my story of gaining perspective and realignment as corporate and personal values collided.  The book (click here for a free preview) recounts an intensely painful and difficult journey that I look back on and am truly thankful for.

Growing up as a pastor’s kid my family was focused on mission not money.  Early on I decided I wanted both and was determined to make a lot of money, provide nice things for my family, and give generously to my church and non-profits serving those less fortunate. Somewhere / somehow I lost perspective and my life reflected an obsession with my career as I got wrapped up in the rush and adventure it offered.  I justified my actions by the lifestyle I was providing my family and the money I was giving to good causes.

Memories peeling my 5-year-old son Bennett off of my leg as I headed to the airport for yet another week away are still vivid in my mind.  Certainly, one day he would understand and appreciate all that I provided.

Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish Philosopher who lived in the 1800’s wrote,  Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.”

Not until I faced Goliath did I realize that my life was not having the impact I intended.  My pastor asked a question that changed everything, “Jim, is this between you and Pfizer or between you and God?”

Don’t wait for Goliath – start today!  What story is your life telling?  If you believe your story is as much for those you are leading as it is for yourself then draw it, share it, and invite perspective on it.

Take some long white banner paper (3 ft wide / 6 ft long) tape it to the wall in your garage and draw your story.  Use pictures more than words as you capture your heritage, heroes, highlights and hindrances.

  • What themes are revealed?
  • What have you learned from the hindrances?
  • What is the trajectory of your life?
  • What is the impact are you having on your family and causes you care deeply about?

After you draw your story, invite perspective from those who know you well and love you most.  Let them hear your heart and invite them to challenge your thinking regarding your impact.

You only get one chance… and you get zero credit for intent.

If you find it hard to invest your heart well then this blog may be for you.  I invite you engage in this blog community as we challenge and encourage one another to love and good deeds, (Hebrews 10:24).

Invest your heart well!


Categories: Family,Non-Profit

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    8 months ago

    Great post. Your pastor’s comment is relevant in all areas of life. Nothing is ever just about me and the situation I’m facing. Ultilmately, it’s always between me and God.

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