The Power or Purpose In my book I define a Dumpster Moment as self-imposed limitations, sustained over a long period of time, that prevent us from moving into the next level of our lives. Dumpster Moments box you in; they limit you. They keep you from setting higher goals and reaching your potential; they prevent you from moving into a higher level of growth and achievement.
Have you ever felt like the world is crashing in on you, like you can’t see a way out of that problem, or like you are “suffocating”? Have you ever gone through an extended period of confusion and frustration: defeated, scared, doubtful, or feeling unworthy of something better? These are all indications you are in some type of dumpster.
What I’ve come to realize is that we all face Dumpster Moments, and at every stage of our lives. I don’t care who you are. You could be CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a regular employee at that same company. You could be extremely wealthy or extremely poor, an immigrant or native born. Your level of education, social status, religion, color, or race doesn’t exempt you from experiencing Dumpster Moments.
To put it plainly, Dumpster Moments stink! Walking by a dumpster in the middle of summer is an unpleasant experience to say the least. Now imagine being inside one.
But how do Dumpster Moments happen in our lives, and how can we overcome them? Dumpster Moments happen when we lose just one thing in our lives: purpose. A lack of purpose in our lives can lead us into making bad decisions that can place us right inside a filthy dumpster. Over time, a lack of purpose kills people emotionally, relationally, and physically; it causes people to walk aimlessly, victims of life and their own bad decisions. What we need is to have a clear sense of purpose in our lives.
Purpose brings vision. Vision brings focus. Focus brings direction. Direction brings hope. Hope brings joy! Purpose reminds you that you are on this planet for a reason, a great and purposeful reason! King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” That doesn’t have to be the case for you and me. We were created for a specific purpose. Every holy book and holy person has taught this. The Bible teaches that before we were even in our mothers’ wombs, God knew us and created us for a specific purpose and reason.
Living out that purpose brings peace, joy, fulfillment, and contentment. Not living out that reason or purpose can lead to sad and desperate Dumpster Moments.
Find your purpose!