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A Man’s Voyage – Part Two

by Garret Barbush | President & CEO

Men have responsibilities. We are husbands, boyfriends, fathers, sons, brothers, business owners, employees, leaders, volunteers, etc. Most of us know what we do each day. We wake up, go to work, come home, care for our families, try to be there for those we love, go to church once a week, volunteer, make good financial decisions, etc. For most of us, this cycle repeats week after week, month after month, and eventually, year after year. Similar to Sinek’s hypothesis with leaders and organizations, I think the majority of us understand what we do and how to do it. The problem is that we don’t understand our “Why.” Without a clear destination, the voyage before us grows foggy. We begin to drift in circles, eventually growing exhausted by the rhythms of an ineffective life. 

Have you found yourself in this cycle, searching for the very reason of your existence? Have you desired a more meaningful life? Some of us have spent our entire lives searching for answers to our “Why.” We’ve spent time, money, and energy to better understand. Unfortunately, we gave up too quickly, looking in all the wrong places, striking out on the voyage God has laid before us. 

At Men of Iron, we believe many Christians have made the process of finding purpose more difficult than it needs to be. Countless sermons, podcasts, and books have focused on this subject. While these resources certainly contain wisdom, we don’t need to “find” purpose. Our purpose is a voyage, and Christ clearly reveals it to us in Matthew 22:34-38 and Matthew 28:16-20. 

Matthew 22:34-38 – The Greatest Commandment 

 “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”  

Matthew 28:16-20 – The Great Commission 

 “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.’” 

Your Challenge – Take 10 minutes to journal and communicate to God. What are your thoughts on your life’s purpose? Do you agree your purpose is rooted in Matthew 22:34-38 and Matthew 28:16-20? If not, be honest about what you’re currently living for.