Live Beyond Yourself
September 12 - October 10, 2021
A Potential Beyond Yourself
October 10, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer
Think back to the most significant influences in your early life, the people who changed the trajectory of your life. Maybe it was your parents, grandparents, or foster parents who loved you into loving yourself. Perhaps it was an elementary school teacher who showed you the beauty of math, or the power of art, and launched you into your career. Maybe it was a coach who taught you discipline and teamwork, or the scout leader who taught you to believe in yourself. None of us would be who we are without those voices in our lives. So, whose life is being shaped by your voice? How do you live the kind of life that will outlive you? How will you realize a potential beyond yourself?
A Purpose Beyond Yourself
October 3, 2021 • Michael Krause
In 2009, Simon Sinek delivered the third most watched TED talk of all time. Its premise was simple: the most effective people, movements, and organizations all start by asking the same question: "Why do we do what we do?" It is an interesting question to ask of ourselves: Why did you get up this morning? Why are these your priorities? Why are you pursuing those goals? Why do you spend your time the way you do? The question "why?" explains what we genuinely value; it exposes our sense of purpose. So, what is your "why?”—the underlying motivation for everything you do? And how do you make sure it’s a “why” worth living for? How are you living your life for a purpose beyond yourself?
A People Beyond Yourself
September 26, 2021 • Jeff Martens
We’ve spent much of the last year and a half self-isolated, quarantined, working from home, navigating massive challenges and changes mostly on our own. In addition, COVID has broken our community into "sides" and contributed to our sense of being alienated from and by those whose experience has been different than ours. At the end of the day, aside from the loss of loved ones, perhaps the greatest casualty of COVID has been our experience of community, the feeling of togetherness. We've been left to experience the one thing in all creation that God said isn’t good – being alone. So, what does it look like to re-experience this togetherness? To discover a people beyond yourself?
A Power Beyond Yourself
September 19, 2021 • Mandy Kasper
This has been a challenging season for most of us. COVID has been significantly disruptive in our financial and work lives, friendships and family relationships, mental and emotional health, physical well-being, and faith (among other things). Many of us now face a hard questions about how to rebuild our lives, and all of our loved ones, and the rest of the world, are in the same boat. It can quickly become overwhelming, to say the least. But perhaps that feeling of being overwhelmed is actually a good thing. What if that helplessness doesn't have to lead to hopelessness? What if you didn't have to figure all this out yourself? What if you could tap into a power beyond yourself?
The Point: Beyond Yourself
September 12, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer
Our culture values and promotes a healthy sense of "self." We are told to know ourselves and love ourselves, to have a healthy self-esteem, full of self-confidence and self-worth. We are told that we are to take care of ourselves, treat ourselves, and even to pamper ourselves because we owe it to ourselves. We are encouraged to be self-starters and self-motivated, with the hope of being self-employed. We honour people like that, calling them self-made and self-reliant. But what if a life with God isn't a life focused on the self? What if, instead, to live a life genuinely focused on God requires us to live a life genuinely focused beyond ourselves?