When asked what they want most out of life, almost everyone will eventually mention that what they really want is to find PURPOSE and meaning. Most want to know that their life matters, and they have contributed to this world with the gifts God put within them. Purpose is paramount in living a fulfilled life. Knowing your purpose is something worth spending some time defining. So, this month we will spend some time talking about the word purpose and explore what it is, how we find it and even provide you with some examples of how our team at MB find ways to walk out our purpose and help others do the same! One’s purpose is that for which he is created, the reason for which something exists. Purpose is timeless. It never changes.
Often when individuals are asked if they have a purpose statement they usually stammer and say “hmm, I am a Mom, or I am a builder." People give you what they do instead of sharing what they were designed and created for in a broad stroke of words. So how do you even begin to discover your purpose or perhaps even complete a purpose statement? Knowing our purpose begins with reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:
What gives you satisfaction? What makes you feel great about yourself?
What are your favorite things to do in the past? What about now?
When you are at your best, ask yourself, what am I doing? Who am I doing with? Where am I or what setting am I in?
What does it feel like? Take time to pause to and really think on this.
What are you naturally good at? (skills, abilities, gifts, etc.)
What do people typically ask you to help them with?
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
If you had unlimited time, resources, and knew you could not fail, what would you choose to do?
These are just some of the questions to ask yourself when seeking to define a purpose statement.
At MB, we know our purpose is to make a difference by building. Not just building homes but generally creating and growing homes, people and businesses we work with. We do that through many avenues such as building quality homes for people to do life and make memories. We strive to raise the standard as a business in the way we do things, grow leaders and change lives. We also fulfill our purpose through outreach activities, mission trips, etc. One purpose but different ways we fulfill that purpose. And personally, my purpose statement is, “through my love of people, growth, and passion to see others thrive, I will inspire, empower, equip, and train youth, adults, and organizations in order that they may live a fulfilled life and walk in their potential, to be all they were created to be." Through the years, I have done different things staying true to my purpose and I continue to be fulfilled. I worked as a counselor, consultant, coach/trainer, all the while continuing to walk out my purpose. Purpose never changes but the avenue in which we walk it out does. Same goes for our company. We have many things that we do, all while continuing to be true to our purpose!
This month we highlight one-way MB walked out our purpose and helped an employee to walk out his more fully. MB sponsored a local 5K run for a non-profit, called Camp Refuge. However, this was not just any non-profit, it was a non-profit that our lead architect, Kevin Stewart recently initiated as he felt called to start a family retreat center in Acadiana. Kevin for years has had a dream of building a retreat center and last year decided it was time to step into walking out his purpose in another way by launching Camp Refuge. We have made provision for him to stay on and work part time with a flexible schedule to pursue his passion and purpose. Kevin thrived for years as a leader at MB, growing and nurturing his team. He led well, and many were grown and changed because of him. Now he will step into another role and that is of nurturing and growing others, helping them along with their families and marriages in a retreat setting. Rebekah Lyons says that, “Your purpose and calling is where your burdens and your dreams collide." That is so true! Kevin is a great example that purpose is key to fulfillment and jobs are just some of the ways that we fulfill that purpose, but not just one thing can be fulfilling. Many jobs could be satisfying and rewarding as they all help us walk out our purpose. Jobs will come and go. Your purpose will not. Whether it is mothering, mentoring, teaching, nursing, building, pastoring, counseling, it is not what you do but that you do what you were made for vocationally or recreationally. You are not too old to figure out your calling, and you’re not too young to have already had multiple expressions of it. Jobs change but purpose stays the same. One purpose can be expressed in lots of ways. Explore them. Work on your own puzzle of purpose. At times we work in a profession that is only a piece of the bigger picture.
If our job does not look like we thought it would look, we can still bloom there, learn all we can and begin to pursue what we really feel called to do. Many say they are too old to go back to school, etc. But guess what, the years will pass regardless! Wouldn’t you rather have them pass and end up with a degree or extra training, experience, etc.?
If you are not sure of your purpose, sit some people down and ask for help, to tell you what your strong points are. Purpose is a winner all around! Take the time this month to REALLY find your purpose. You won't regret it!
-Written by Co-Owner, Missy Manuel
Manuel Builders is a family owned company that has been in business for over 50 years. We build residential homes on your lot and develop outstanding communities. We have built in Lafayette, Carencro, Broussard, Youngsville, Erath, Kaplan, Ville Platte, Lake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake, Moss Bluff, Iowa, Dequincy, Duson, Scott, Maurice, Anchorage, Port Allen, Brusly, Addis, Baton Rouge, Scotlandville, Merrydale, Monticello, Central, and surrounding cities in Louisiana. Manuel Builders reserves the right to make changes to speculative homes under construction. Colors, exterior finishes and square footage may vary from pictures and plans. Elevation Renderings could include optional features that are not included in the base price. Prices also subject to change without notice.