Discovering your purpose

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Invisible Woman

Dear Cafe Dwellers,

Here’s a repurposed former blog that I thought would be a perfect first post and introduction of Purpose Cafe:

A few years ago I had a doctor’s appointment. “Mrs. Balkcom, we’re ready for you,” the phlebotomist said with a broad smile before leading me to the lab for bloodwork. He distracted my nervousness with small talk and carefully explained what was about to happen with each step. As if he had lost a valuable diamond in a concrete parking lot, he searched every crevice of my arm for the perfect vein. My shirt sleeve was pushed up so gently that I was caught off guard when I finally noticed him about to insert the needle. I don’t know if I’ve ever had blood drawn so painlessly, quickly or with such skill. I would even go as far as to say it was a pleasant experience.

Although this may sound a little bizarre, the fact is I marvel at anyone operating in such excellence and passion in what they do — even something as ordinary as lab work.

The phlebotomist left me with an impression. I haven’t forgotten him or the careful skill with which he took care of me. The excellence with which my Pastors operate our small ministry influences me. The lady that delivers soda to my job has an electric smile and beams with positive energy. I look forward to her coming. The Longhorn waiter who won my dinner companion over recently (no small feat) is etched in my memory because of his excellence. Every time he’d leave our table we’d look at each other and say, “He’s good, he’s really good!”

The fact is that there are many who operate with quiet excellence– some doing jobs not visible to large numbers of people or anyone. The attached video speaks to these invisible heros and sheros. My desire is to operate in my gifts in such a way that it makes a difference in someone’s day and is permanently etched in their memory.

I know now that personal passions can run the gamut and excellence can found in everyone from the CEO to the guy who delivers lunch. I have friends who are passionate about everything from gardening to jewelry making, from ministry to math. I had a colleague who blogged about his passion for knitting. I continue to be amazed with the unique gifts and interests we are each given.

The question is how do we align these passions with God-given purpose? How can a passion for something like fashion or fishing become something that is used to enhance your life and the world at large? I believe we start by availing ourselves to that gift and by looking for ways to hone the skill and practice its use, and more importantly by small and large acts of yielding.

What is your passion and how do you believe it’s a part of your purpose on earth?
How do you want your contact with others to be etched in their minds?

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