10,000 Hours

Vocatio = The 10,000 Hour Rule

Vocatio = Your “calling” in Latin



In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell argued that it takes 10,000 hours spent doing one thing to achieve greatness. For instance, Gladwell gave The Beatles and Bill Gates as examples. Maybe you would think of Tiger Woods playing golf for 10,000 hours in his youth. Whether or not you believe in “10,000-hour rule” or not, someone that spends this kind of time doing one thing is committed, at the very least.

We are to work like it depends on us, but pray like it depends on God. Sometimes He wants us to do the heavy lifting; sometimes He does the heavy lifting for us. Paul said, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). It takes unwavering faith in our Lord and extraordinary effort along with His wonder working power all working together.

When we planted our church ten years ago, I am just going to tell you, we really did not know what we were doing. We showed up at a park the first Sunday with a motley crew of faithful believers, and a trailer full of tables and chairs. We did not know what to expect, but we had faith that we were doing what God called us to do. And years later, we still need the Lord’s help every day. There are so many unbelievable situations we are put in where the only thing you know to do is say, “Jesus, help me.” And He has over and over again. I know He will help me today. And I know He will help me tomorrow. And if you ask me one key to our ministry, I would say, that is it; asking “Jesus, help me” and “Jesus, help us” very often.

Under Over Fellowship never would have happened without a vision, and then faith in that vision, even when we could not see the whole picture. After a decade, we still can’t. But I cannot wait to see more!

What is your one thing? What do you want to spend the next decade pouring into? If you could spend 10,000 hours over the next ten years doing one thing, what would it be?

So far you have thought about what God is telling you to do. Hopefully you have come up with a Mission Statement. Today, we will take it a step forward with a Purpose Statement. Your Mission Statement should be broader in focus; your Purpose Statement narrow in focus.

How can you take what God is telling you to do, along with the Mission Statement you came up with, to narrow it down on a life purpose for you? The one thing you should be doing for the next decade or longer, or until God calls you to something else.

Just for today, write down a Purpose Statement. What is your one thing?

Tune in tomorrow for Part Four….

ELROD, HAL. MIRACLE EQUATION: the Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to… Inevitable. HARMONY CROWN, 2020.

Falwell, Jerry. Building Dynamic Faith. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

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