day 3K348: Front and Center
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
There was quite a brouhaha when Apple said they were going to move the “end” button on their iphone 15 from front and center (or at least by itself at the bottom of the screen). I wondered why. I mean, it was still going to be prominently colored red so it would be really hard to miss. But, what I was reminded of is that consumers love front, center and obvious so that we don’t have to search, guess, or sometimes even think. Move what you have that is front and center to some other place or somewhere not as obvious and expect that you will lose something and worse, lose consumers and customers.
What can we do differently today to keep our focus on God where it is supposed to be; front and center. If we keep Him in the forefront and in focus in our lives we can expect to see the more fulfilled and abundant life that God has promised us. Front and center. It is where He should be in our lives today.
Reference: Hebrews 12:22 (New Living Translation)
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day 3K347: Big Days
We all love those “Big Days”. These are the days when something big is accomplished. It can be all kinds of things like closing a big sales deal, getting a big raise or promotion, landing a big hire, winning a big prize, finishing a big challenge, solving a big problem, and the list could go on and on. There is nothing wrong with working hard and seeking these big days. The key is to not let the big days define us or on the flipside not allow the not so big days drag us down. The high of a big day is great, but remember, it never lasts long, so be ready.
Today is actually a big day for my Pastor, Terry Brisbane and myself. After nearly a decade of working together along with a number of people, most significantly Rick Killian, Morehouse Publishing has released our book, “The Faith Code”. Yes, today the book can be found in brick and mortar stores and anywhere online you like to buy books. As you will read in the acknowledgments, the book would not be what it is without all of the readers of Purposed worKING. Thank you.
So, today is a big day, but I am writing to myself to be reminded that whatever we do, it should always be only for bringing glory to God. I pray that “The Faith Code” is just that!
Amazon Bookstore Link here
If you choose to purchase the book (Terry and I would be honored) we’d also love to hear what you think of the book. You can do that by reaching to me and also leaving a review on Amazon!
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day 3K346: Efficacy versus Effectiveness
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
In the world of life sciences, biotech and Pharma the terms efficacy and effectiveness are thrown around all the time. To the lay person they mean the same, but they are very different. Efficacy means how well something works when under a controlled set of conditions and all of the participants perform or adhere to the situation consistently and perfectly. Think of the lab rats that are given something to eat everything being the same each and every time. Effectiveness though is all together different. Effectiveness is how well something works under natural conditions when participants are able to make their own choice about how compliant they want to be with all the freedoms that come from different factors of lifestyle. Too many times we think we will get a high level of effectiveness because we assume and operate as if we have efficacy and when things go wrong we have to backtrack to find out that we totally missed how humans and real life can mess things up. I was boarding an airplane this week and thinking about this. The airlines must have some formula for how long it takes to board an airplane effectively. But, maybe they don’t, as most of the boarding windows are the same even though passenger load, number of people needing wheelchairs or assistance, number of bags, who walks slowly, who is talking on their phones, who can’t lift their bags into the overhead compartments without help, how many times does the person in the aisle have to get up and move aside to let someone else get into their seats, etc. are all unknown variables and unpredictable. Could it be that they plan for efficacy but end up with an unknown level of effectiveness? What desires outcomes and plans do we have that we might have mixed up efficacy with effectiveness?
God built the world far from efficacy. He knew we would mess it up and make the lives we live as about as random as they can be. But, at the same time He installed perfection through Jesus into the equation and challenged us to be like Him! Heaven will have 100% efficacy but in the meantime we should be wanting to work and live with Jesus as the control that we reference and come back to daily so that we can be as close to His efficacy as possible.
Reference: Romans 3:23 (New Living Translation)
PS: This being September 11th, a solemn day, let us remember and lift up in prayer the families of those lost on that day and also take a moment to be grateful for the freedoms we have and pray for those in leadership that we may have a peaceful existence in our country.
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day 3K345: When?
“God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.”
How long ago was it that ChatGPT-4 (the one that caught all of our attention) launched? Was it 18 months ago, a year, 6 months ago? It must have been awhile ago for it to have become such a prominent part of our discussion and now investment craze (want to capture a venture capitalist’s attention without having some form of A.I. as your product…good luck with that). Well, it’s only been five months since GPT-4 was launched and what a difference five months have made and to think that we are only at the starting line for what will likely be technology that will be embedded into everything we do. I remember when IoT (internet of things) was the next big thing and everything around us would be connected to the internet. I still think that will happen, but for now, A.I. and Large Language Models will capture our attention for many cycles to come.
As humans we love the next new, shiny, big things to be. And we don’t ask “if” it will happen, we wonder more about “when” and then if we can figure out how to be a part of this next “thing”. God and our faith is counter to this human impulse. God is always anew in our lives but He remains the same, consistently, and without fail. So, as we watch for the when of the next “thing” let’s remember to not get distracted from He who never changes.
Reference: 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (New Living Translation)
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day 3K344: Finding Our Place
“So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.”
This is the season, after Labor Day, when we start thinking about our results and progress for the current year and more importantly, we also start to think about next year’s goals. We can start to get tough on ourselves and even more so start to look left and right and wonder why we haven’t accomplished enough or more. Especially in the workplace there is the push to beat last year’s performance with more, better, faster, and bigger. It is always good to have goals to strive to achieve and good to have goals that cause us to grow and stretch to new levels. Just by doing the assessment and writing our goals down, we become one of the 5% who actually do so. It’s a small percentage of people who use goal setting and goal tracking to set their course. So, it is all good when we set those goals and start to measure. Where it becomes tricky is in the comparison of others and their performance, results and rewards and trying to find our place in the order of things. We must remember that the race we run is with ourselves. It is easy to start to look left and right and begin to search for how we stack up and then either let that drag us down or sometimes worse, cause us to overcompensate and overreach to try and best someone else. I find that those who start from a place of being content in their own skin and place, knowing their limitations but still striving to expand and grow into those boundaries are not only the happiest people but also the people who just seem to have it more together than the people who are out there trying to prove to others how they are better. A good rule of thumb is to establish a level of contentment to work from and then push off from that place.
Contentment is not always bad if put in the context of still moving and growing. I am not content with my Marathon running times, but I am content with knowing that I am in better shape than most even though I will never win a race or even place anywhere near recognition or reward. Paul told Timothy to establish his launching off position to be at the most simple level, “So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” From that place and perspective, Timothy grew and became more but he didn’t forget that there was a set of basics to be content. As we set our goals for 2024 let us “find our place” of humility and contentment and then strive to grow from that place.
Reference: 1 Timothy 6:8 (New Living Translation)
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