On the eleventh of May in 2007, I was a man driven by my life purpose. That is, I was driven by the idea that I knew what was important and that I had figured life out pretty well. I knew my role was to take care of my family, create growth producing start-up companies and support my life style by raising money and working hard. That was no problem. I liked working hard and I liked getting results. I was convinced that I was fulfilling my life purpose and on that day, you couldn’t have changed my mind.
Then it happened! Everything changed. One day later, on May 12, 2007, I had a stroke, which was followed by another one. I was fine one minute and fighting for my life the next. In the process of recovering from those strokes, I discovered something I had not fully realized before. God had a plan for my life. He had a purpose for me and I was not on the path He preferred. In one day, my life changed and my purpose changed with it.
To be honest, when I discovered God wanted something more from me, I was relieved. Clearly, there was more I could do and it didn’t always revolve around the work I had carved out for myself. I was relieved to know that I could step back from the life I designed and be far more comfortable in the one He designed.
My friends were amazed when I did not show any interest in simply going back to work. They thought it was strange that I did not want to play basketball, a game I had loved playing all my life. What I did want to do was please God. What energized my spirit and resonated with my soul was to do the things God wanted, to fulfill His purposes in me.
What a difference a day makes! What joy it is to my heart that God was with me through the strokes and is with me now to guide me into being the Mark Moore He always knew I could be. What a joy it is to live more intentionally and more fully awake to the places He would have me go.
You don’t need to have a stroke to remind you that God has a purpose for your life. You simply have to sit with Him, be still with Him, and let Him speak to your heart. He’ll lead you to do the best work for Him. He’ll lead you to your real life purpose.
But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.
Exodus 9:16 NKJV