God created each of us as a unique person. This means more than having a unique set of fingerprints. He created each of us with a complex synthesis of interests, expertise, personalities, talents, gifts, values, callings, passions and priorities. He did this with divine intentionality. He did this for the fulfillment of His perfect grand plan, not by mere happenstance or rolling genetic dice. Our Creator is heavily invested in His plan for each of us, and He does not leave us alone to figure it out. He yearns that we discover what wildly successful looks like so we fit in His grand plan—an incredible mosaic of unique designs.
When I fully rest in Christ’s provision, fully surrender to His ownership, and fully commit to differentiating between truth and lies, I am positioning myself for intimacy with the Lover of my soul. This most intimate of relationships works as long as I am candid with the One who knows everything anyway. By His very nature, God is personal and He communicates personally. “Mind and Spirit” explores how to engage in two-way communication with the Master of the Universe.
As we pursue a strategically aligned life with our Creator, we embrace His grace and submit to His lordship—nevertheless, we get tripped up because we live in a war zone. Our lives are the prized battleground between epic combatants—God, the Author of Truth, and Satan, the father of lies. Consequently, our ability to discern both truth and lies is an essential Prerequisite Principle of our Truventure.
In my pursuit of a strategically aligned life with my Creator, I want to see lordship as He sees it before I spend any time on strategy. I want to be crystal clear on my position relative to God, because that affects everything I strategize and how it is implemented. As a strategist, I find one jugular point about lordship particularly helpful to adjust my paradigm to God’s perspective: this is not my life. He is the Potter; I am the clay.
We invite you to step into a Truventure journey as we share short excerpts from our new book, “Truventure: Strategy for Wildly Successful Living.” It is our hope that you might be inspired to prayerfully embark on your own personal quest.
From Chapter 1: Grace: Resting as a Lifestyle
My Truventure pursuit is highly intentional, but my intentionality must be grace-based in order to accurately align with God. My intentionality must ride entirely on what He has done, and on what He will continue to accomplish. I enter into resting as a lifestyle when I move from summoning my wisdom and power, to allowing Jesus’s wisdom and power to live through me.
Physical Chemistry was my most difficult undergraduate course, but I made it nearly impossible by skipping one of the prerequisite courses, third-year calculus. As a result, the meaning of prerequisite left an indelible impression on me. Prerequisite Principles are the lens we need to accurately understand and apply Truventure—to accurately understand how to think about each topic and how to tractively apply each lifestyle.
At a subterranean level, Truventure is a memoir. The main thing is what worked for me when I applied strategy to my life—my story is simply an imbedded stream that runs beneath it.
Some elements of applied strategy are original; others are picked up from the corporate trash heap of “we did that last year.” I simply implemented the tractive ones for life.
After several months in the Norwegian wilderness, I returned to corporate life with a healthy distaste for going through the motions. I exchanged aimless meandering in the wilderness of mind-numbing corporate requirements with strategic intentionality through strategy on one page, my Strategic Pyramid.
The effectiveness of the Strategic Pyramid quickly moved me up the corporate ladder, but success in the marketplace created a personal crisis. A daunting question plagued me: If the marketplace is worthy of strategic effort, isn’t my life?
A remote cabin in Norway was the trailhead of my Truventure. The Norwegian wilderness afforded solitude with my Confidant to discuss questions like, How do I make my life count? With only the wilderness to distract me, I indulged extravagant time to ask What are my priorities? Delving into such questions and living out the answers with my True Quest became my true adventure.
Truventure—short for true adventure—ventures with Truth to align with Him. It is for those in wholehearted pursuit of closer intimacy and deepening alignment with God authentic. Truventure captures what worked for me when I applied strategy to life, business, and ministry. It is for those wanting a straightforward way to apply strategy to what they care about most—their life and their life’s work. During the past decade a wide spectrum of people implemented the content of Truventure, proving the effectiveness of its God-centered, personalized, simple approach for a diverse range of individuals and organizations.