Living Your A-Game

In college during the late 60’s and early 70’s I had no desire to change the world. Campus protesting burned and I was happy to help drain a keg at the frat house on Friday afternoons.

I planned to go into the family business. Live the American dream. Make some money. Do fun stuff.

Yet something inside was missing. As I faced graduation I increasingly felt uneasy about where I was going. I had it made yet somehow felt empty. I really couldn’t understand it but I also couldn’t shake it.

After I went through my spiritual transformation something changed though. I was turned off to organized religion as most of my friends were. Yet, unexpectedly I’d experienced a relationship with God outside religion. And it changed my life.

From that time on I’ve had a passion to tell others who were turned off by religion about this positive experience.

Truthfully, my life has taken many unexpected turns. I’ve had four full time careers.

First, as an intern youth pastor at a large church.

Then I helped build a couple of family businesses.

Then pastored a church.

And then built a financial advising practice.

You might be wondering how all those careers fit with my passion. Truthfully sometimes it’s been murky for me too.
But I guess, I look at it all as following my passion. Sometimes full time. But more often, fitting it into the crevices of time like now.

But you know what? It’s all been an adventure I wouldn’t trade. Well, maybe a couple things.

Easy? No.

Confusing? Often.

Definitely not for everyone. In fact I couldn’t have dreamed it all up.

But it’s been fulfilling. And to me that makes all the difference.

Paul writes, “In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel.” (Ephesians 4: 1 MSG)

Each of us is chosen for an amazing adventure. We chose whether to walk it.

How have you walked in you’re A-Game?