The marketplace is a powerful force. It impacts our lives in ways we may not even recognize. In fact, it shapes who we are and what we value as a society. That’s why it’s so important to have God's people influence the marketplace for His glory!

I want to share with you the most significant reasons believers should influence the marketplace:

The world's economy is managed and funded by the marketplace.

It's important that leaders in the marketplace know God and His purpose for their life to make the right decisions in their business that will ultimately impact the overall economy.

The marketplace provides opportunity to exemplify and demonstrate God's love.

This can be through done business practices, products/services, and interaction with employees and customers.

Supernatural power is released and activated.

When believers engage the marketplace, they are opening up themselves to God's supernatural power to affect transformational change in creative, unique and sustainable ways.

Culture is transformed.

The marketplace is the arena where culture is shaped. When believers engage the marketplace, they are influencing how people think, what they value and how they engage with one another on daily basis.

We all have the responsibility to influence the marketplace for Christ's glory! Whether you are an entrepreneur, work in a business or consume goods and services, we are all equipped with God-given gifts and skills that enable effective engagement in the marketplace.

May we be bold in stepping into this arena, knowing that God Himself is with us as we seek to bring Him glory! Please feel free to share other important reasons believers should influence the marketplace in the comments section below.

What are your gifts and how do they help you materially succeed in life?

We all have different talents, which most often come with their own set of values and attitudes. To answer this question, you may want to first ask yourself some questions about what you believe in. Do you value kindness more than most things? Then you may be a kind person. Do you believe that achievement is the most important thing in life? Then it's possible that you're an achiever.

Regardless of who you are, identifying your values and beliefs will help you to figure out what your natural talents are. These "natural" talents are usually easy for us to do--if they weren't we wouldn't do them. For example, if you're an achiever and achievement is important to you, then getting things done quickly and efficiently may come naturally to you--so your natural talent might be productivity.

When it comes to your talents, there are two types: productive and unproductive. Productive talents can make a positive difference in your life, and unproductive talents can't. Productive talents usually have a positive impact on those around you as well. For example, if you're an achiever, then your talents are productive because you help to get things done. You're also more likely to be successful with your business because of your abilities.

Unproductive gifts can become productive by leveraging and applying them with your values in a unique and differentiated way. Some call this the "it" factor but I call it God's unique "impact strategy" for your life. For example, if you like art and drawing, but don't want to become a professional artist, then that's fine--just identify what makes it special. If you value education and development, God may reveal and manifest your unique gift application by taking that same talent and turn it into a business of teaching kids how to draw or paint--and having fun doing it!

Productive talents allow you to solve problems, improve yourself, build something new and positively impact your sphere of influence. It's our job to nurture our gifts and talents by finding creative ways to use them regularly and consistently, and learning as much as you can about them, so you can use them to their fullest potential.

It's critical to recognize your abilities and gifts. These innate skills distinguish us from others and aid us in our endeavors. Understanding our values and convictions may help us better understand what our talents are and how to employ them productively. We can achieve our full potential and make a meaningful contribution to others by nurturing these talents.

So what are you waiting for? Identify your gifts and talents and get to work! Use them productively to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

"What's your purpose?" is a question that many people ask themselves when they are trying to make better and informed life decisions. The problem is, not everyone knows how to articulate it in the right way. If you do not know what your purpose is, then how can you expect to achieve anything? In this blog post, I will discuss how you can define and articulate your purpose to support future goal setting and decision making.

The Pre-Work

Before you start to draft your purpose, ensure that you are in a stable mental and emotional posture. Do whatever you have to do to clear your mind, remove stress and dedicate time and space to create a productive environment. It's at this point that you commit to opening your heart and mind to influence your thoughts and writings (this is a great time to pray or meditate).

Drafting Purpose

The next step is to define your purpose. To do this, it's important that you understand there isn't one right answer for everyone! Your purpose needs to be authentic which means it should reflect your true identity (not who you think people want or expect you to be). The most important thing to remember is that the only one that knows your true identity is your creator. Only your creator can reveal the true and optimal intent for your life. Go to God about your purpose.

This is the point when most people start to get lost or maybe overwhelmed.

Fear not, the best way to think about purpose can be thought of by drafting three "Purpose Statements" that address: established vision, applied gifts and aligned values. These components create the foundation for your purpose.

Purpose Statements

Established Vision: This is what you see for yourself. What are your dreams?

Applied Gifts: These are the talents and abilities that you've been blessed with to help achieve your vision.

Aligned Values: These reflect the moral compass that will guide you as you journey towards achieving your established vision.

Once you have these three purpose statements drafted, the next step is to put it in writing. It is best practice and highly recommended to leverage tools like the Owner's Manual Workbook to walk through this intimate process. It's important to use a resource that inspires and enables you to connect with your creator to clearly hear and understand the right words that articulate your unique purpose.

Next Steps

Once you have your Purpose Statements drafted, there are only four things that should happen with this information:

  1. Read and meditate on your three purpose statements

  2. Make it as visible as possible (mirror, work desk, screen background, etc.)

  3. Share it with someone you trust to hold you accountable

  4. Review and revise it regularly - as you continue to meditate on your purpose, it will become more clear over time.

Finally, you now have what you need to goal-set and make life's decisions with unwavering confidence!