To most people, the idea of intentionally living with purpose sounds incredibly BORING. This became clear to me a little over a week ago when I invited Brittany to attend a Revelation Fitness exercise class with me. I was going to interview Naomi Troyer as my first featured woman living with purpose. Brittany was fine with the idea of an exercise class, but spending 20 minutes talking about intentionally living … she’d rather choke on a chicken nugget! Naomi is the epitome of a person living with purpose and it turns out that her word for 2017 really is intentionality, but she is definitely not boring.
The first time I saw Naomi was at a women’s event at a local church. She and I were both speakers. Although I don’t remember even talking with her personally that day, there was something about her that made me want to get to know her. She had something that I wanted, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. She is in tremendous physical shape, she owns her own business and she is without question disciplined. These are all things that I am also working on so I naturally assumed that it was some combination of these things that made her so magnetic. I went to my interview last week expecting to hear that her secret is routine, discipline, resilience or something like that. I was wrong.
My conversation with Naomi was intentionally brief (click here to watch the 20 minute interview) but what I learned is that living with purpose brings joy! As I spoke with her and heard her story – which isn’t all butterflies and roses by the way, it became clear that God is using her struggles, pain, and commitment to Him to change her part of the world. And, without exaggeration, joy literally bubbles out of her eyes as she speaks!
To be clear, Naomi explained that it wasn’t always that way. She has struggled intensely in the past and she knows that it has only been by the grace of God that she is in a place of purpose, fulfillment and joy today. But, here’s the point: she let God work through her pain and personal issues and let Him dictate where she was supposed to go. She now has a clear purpose and He shines through every aspect of her being.
That’s what I want!
Each of us has our own journey and God’s timing is different for all of us. To be completely transparent and honest, I’m still on the path to find God’s clear purpose for me at this stage of life and most days I feel more frustration than joy. I know all the details about goal setting, I am learning what it means to truly trust God – but when I’m not seeing the fruit of my labor it can become incredibly hard to know if I am on the right path. But after talking with Naomi I have hope. I feel encouraged that if I keep seeking God’s will and following His direction, even if it is just one step at a time, He will mold me into the person He needs me to be. It is only at that point that He can really use me for His absolute purpose – but when that happens there will be intense joy.
I have read that happiness is based on external circumstances, but true joy comes from the inside out. When we get to the point that we are living out God’s purpose for our lives, we will experience joy. It will be a natural outgrowth of the Holy Spirit and not something that we have to manufacture or work at. And I am looking forward to that. Just to be clear, having joy does not mean that bad things never happen or we never frown or feel upset. That’s just unrealistic. True joy involves looking beyond circumstances and feeling peace and satisfaction Click To TweetWe can feel this peace because we know we are living our purpose and God is in control.
Please go to the “Women With Purpose” page and watch the interview with Naomi; I promise you will also be inspired. And here’s a fun little incentive: watch the video and then complete the form telling me the blooper that is in the middle. You will be entered to win a gift card from Starbucks. It will run for one week so be sure to enter by February 2 for your chance to win! Have a great week and may you be inspired to be live intentionally with purpose.