How Many Days Do You Have Left?

by | Jul 22, 2014

You travel at the speed of light most days. Your pace is relentless. So here’s my question for you: are you living life on purpose? Or just living life?

I have a 15-year-old son going into the 10th grade. His transition to high school and driving has gotten my attention. Recently, I felt compelled to calculate how many days Theresa and I have left with him before he departs for college. 1,145 days. That gave me a new perspective! Am I living each of these remaining days with him on purpose? Is my influence on purpose? Or is it just accidental as I live my life?

The same question can be asked of your work. Do you have a higher purpose with your work beyond survival, money, success?

If not, here are three strategic questions to consider:

  1. Why are you really working?
  2. Who are you working with and for how long?
  3. How can your influence make a difference?
  • It starts with why. Our culture teaches us so clearly all the reasons we work. But, if you are a Christian, your why answer needs to be different. We work because God was a worker and we were made in His image (Genesis 2:2 and 1:27). We work to put a smile on His face (Colossians 3:23). And we work to have Kingdom influence (Matthew 28:19).
  • Have you considered who you work alongside and how long you may interact with them? How many days do you have left with them in your current job? Are you being intentional with your influence every single day?
  • As you consider the why and the who questions, how you can have influence with your coworkers becomes the major question. Here are two nuggets to investigate. First, study the Seven Pillars of Faith and Work. These pillars will give you a powerful framework to start. There are numerous podcast messages here that dive deeply into the Pillars. Second, Regi Campbell’s book, About My Father’s Business, prescribes an IMAP (Intentionality Map) approach to better understand how to build relationships and have influence in the workplace.

So, how many days do you have left? You will have days where you totally miss it. But if you try, if you treat each day as if it’s numbered, think of the influence you can have with your life!

Work does matter,

David

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David Roth

David Roth has been the president and CEO of Workmatters since October, 2003. Workmatters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Northwest Arkansas in 2003 with a mission is to help people pursue God’s purpose for their work. Since then, Workmatters has been used to impact thousands of leaders in Northwest Arkansas and across the U.S. Prior to leading Workmatters, Mr. Roth was vice president, sales and marketing for J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Before joining J.B. Hunt in 1999, David was the senior vice president of marketing for Manugistics, a supply chain management software provider in Maryland and vice president of marketing for American Software in Atlanta, Ga. He also has nine years of supply chain management experience with McKesson Corporation in San Francisco, Calif. and Harrison, Ark. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas. He resides in Fayetteville, Ark. with his wife, Theresa and has two sons, Dylan and Tyler.

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