Last Wednesday I had the privilege of attending the 17th Annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast in Palo Alto. The theme was “Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life”. There were two incredibly powerful speakers. I walked out humbled and inspired. I walked out determined to find my meaning and purpose in life.
First was Tim Borland – in 2007 he ran 63 Marathons in 63 days. Why you ask? Tim’s life mission is to advocate for children in need by using his gift in endurance running. Click on the link below and watch this video – this is Tim’s meaning. This is his purpose:
Tim’s four keys to finding meaning and purpose in life:
- Focus on the needs of others before ourselves.
- Develop an accurate view and understanding of fear. He said fear of failure is a dream crusher.
- Be willing to risk it all.
- Pray for a God inspired vision.
Second was Joe Ehrmann. He played football for the Colts for 13 year and was named Colts’ Man of the Year. In the same year Ehrmann played in the Pro Bowl he watched his brother Billy loose his fight with cancer. This experience caused Ehrmann to rethink and reorder his priorities in life. Ehrmann spearheaded the construction of a Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore in memory of Billy. In the off-season, Ehrmann attended classes at Dallas Theological Seminary and, following his football career, he graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, specializing in urban ministry. He was ordained in 1985. Parade Magazine name Joe the “Most Important Coach in America” due to his tireless efforts to change the culture of sports. Joe and his wife Paula co-founded Building Men and Women for Others to help every man, woman and child reach his or her potential. He was also the recipient of the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year Award.
This is his meaning. This is his purpose:
As a Pastor for more than 25 years of his life he has been with many people as their life on earth ends. He said – all people care about at the end of their life is who did I love and who loved me, and did I make a difference. Nothing else matters – not money, not fame, not power – nothing else.
Two ordinary men doing extraordinary things. So, what is your meaning and purpose in life? If you don’t know – find it!