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Pressure

Trying to be everything . . . for everybody.

In his classic book on living well, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey recommends organizing one’s life around the key roles one has.

Very quickly you discover that you have a bunch of them. For instance, I can think of thirteen roles I have before I even consider work roles. And that is counting ‘father’ as one role, not four – one for each kid.

And most of us want to be the best we can in most of our roles. I have never met a married man who said his goal was to be a bad husband.

And you do not even have to be a perfectionist before you get overwhelmed or just stop trying.

This Sunday at the Gathering Church we continue a New Year’s series Reset by considering how we might reset our purpose in life. Philippians 1:12-21 gives us a model of A Compelling Hope.

What if one purpose could define every possible role we might have?

What if that one purpose could make us relax about every role?

Is it possible to reduce the pressure of our lives and at the same time elevate our life’s meaning?

Can ordinary people like us possibly say, ‘For me to live is Christ?’

How does such a purpose relieve pressure rather than add it?

Let’s find out this Sunday.

Mark