In the middle of a week of meetings and falling behind on everything on my ‘to-do’ list, the question seemed to slap me in the face for the hundreth time….”why am I doing all of this”. Perhaps you’ve never been at that place, but I’d like to think all of us have hit the ‘purpose’ wall at least once in our career. Maybe it was in a sea of endless meetings; or in the 8th hour of an 11 hour drive to a gig where you would perform for 20 minutes; Or maybe it was in the 72nd unload of a trailer full of gear; Or perhaps it was after you had been greeting fans for 15 hours (thank you Taylor Swift for setting that bar so high!)
Regardless, each of us must be able to answer the important question that gets us out of bed in the morning – What is my mission?
I was encouraged recently by a missional life when I was talking with a swimming coach. My 4 year old son, Parker, took swim lessons last summer from a lady who not only taught my son to swim, but taught me about living a missional life. For 6 weeks Parker went to meet Miss Kennette and she instructed him for 10 minutes each day. 10 minutes! After 6 week of this regimen, he was ready for his final test – to be tossed into the pool fully clothed including his shoes.
I had been prepared by other friends whose kids had been taught by Kennette, but I had to see this experience for myself. Parker, dressed in his University of Texas sweatshirt , jeans and sneakers , was thrown in the pool and I watched him float – then turn and swim to the side of the pool.
Amazed I asked Kennette how in the world had she developed this program to teach young children to swim. Her reply challenged me that day and does to this day. She shared, ”when I lost my 3 year old son in a drowning acident I decided to make it my life’s mission to prevent the same tragedgy in anyone elses family – I guess my mission found me”.
Wow! Who knows how many families have been blessed by her mission. I know my family has! She was definitely able to answer the question – What is my mission?
One of our artists,Jason Gray, recently posted a great blog about another missional life – Mr. Rogers (yes….that Mr. Rogers) – you must read it! It is inspiring!! Click here to read The Rabbit Room
And so as I sit in my meetings, and answer endless emails I think to the mission to which I’m called. In the conference room of our company are these words – To enable our artists to create life changing experiences for the world. Our mission. Our reminder when we hit the ‘purpose’ wall. That the work I do in this meeting – might support the artists I serve – to assist them to create music and experiences – that point to the One who changes lives.
And that is worth getting out of bed!!