PurposeQuest International

"The Bible is a book about purpose. It does not teach people to find jobs.
It teaches people to do what God created them to do." - Dr. John Stanko


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The Monday Memo


Welcome to the home of the Monday Memo! In 2001, I began writing the Monday Memo in response to people who had heard my message but said they needed to hear more. They wanted more content to help them think through and then identify the purpose in their life, so I began writing a weekly entry to fill that need. My goal was to write six to eight paragraphs every week that focused on the topics of purpose and faith. Eventually I expanded the repertoire to include entries on creativity, goals, and leadership. Little did I know that the Monday Memo would still be going strong more than two decades later!

At first, I managed those who subscribed through Outlook, but before I knew it, I had 18,000 subscribers, and eventually my email program crashed under the "weight" of so many names and emails. Plus, it was a headache for me to manage the list—especially if someone wanted to unsubscribe. In 2006, I converted what I was doing to a blog format and have maintained that since then.

Eventually, I began gathering Memos of like theme into documents and turned them into books when they were long enough (a few are pictured here; all are available on Amazon). To date, I have published 15 books from Memo content with more coming, including my six-part Unlocking series (unlocking the power of your purpose, creativity, productivity, you, faith, and thinking). Now I have expanded my weekly entries to incorporate other themes, but purpose and creativity are still my main foci. I have told people as long as they keep reading, I will keep on writing.

If you check out the categories, I'm sure you will find themes and topics of interest that will help you be more purposeful, creative, and productive. I would estimate about 90% of the Memos are original, with some borrowed from the archives around the holidays or when I was traveling. I welcome your comments and questions, for writing and talking about purpose never gets tired. You can also subscribe to receive the Memo every week on the top right side of this page.

I invite you to check out the rest of my website for more video content on similar topics and you can also download my free mobile app to have that content at your fingertips when you have time to watch or listen. Thanks again for visiting and remember, "You have something to do that only you can do, something for you to be that only you can be. God wants you to know what it is, so if your heart is to hear, His heart is to speak." Enjoy your purpose quest and if I can be of service as you seek, please let me know.

Memo 1130: A Teenager's Dream

Let's move on for the next few weeks to look at another young person of purpose in the Bible. His name was Joseph and we first read something about him when he was seventeen years old: This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers...

Memo 1129: A Good Sister

Let's continue with our focus on young people of purpose in the Bible. This week, we'll look at the story of baby Moses and the role his older sister played in his rescue: "When she [Moses' mother] saw what a fine baby he was, she hid him for three months. But when she could not hide him any longer, she took a basket made of reeds and covered it with tar to make it...,"

Memo 1128: Let the Children Come

Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." He placed his hands on them and then went away (Matthew 19:13-15).

Memo 1127: A Big Head

What do you do when you do something well? What's more, how do you handle it when someone compliments you for something you did well? If you're like some, you may not know what to do in those situations. Some people will tell you not to speak about what you do well and may even recommend you deny you can do it! So let's stay...

Memo 1126: Family Life

David was a hero to many in his day and is still the champion of the nation of Israel. Yet it's interesting that he was never a champion in his own family. When we first meet David, Samuel was looking for one of Jesse's sons to anoint to serve as the next king because God told him he would find him there. Yet after Samuel...

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Daily Devotional

November 30, Language of Praise

The Book of Psalms ends with the simple admonition to praise the Lord, not just for what He does, His “acts of power,” but for who He is, His “surpassing greatness.” Where is the appropriate place to praise? It is not only in church or “his sanctuary,” but also...

November 29, Mind Battle

You are probably surprised (not) that David was in trouble again, so he penned this psalm telling God of his troubles, and his desperate need for the Lord’s presence and help. David was fighting battles against his enemies, but notice that that he was also...

November 28, The God of Creation

A recurring reference in the entire Book of Psalms is the creation story from Genesis 1 and 2. Why is that? Keep in mind that many of the psalms were written when the author was in some kind of trouble. Then the psalms were edited and given their...

November 27, Weaned or Unweaned?

If you have ever been around older children who are still feeding on breast milk, you know it can be an awkward scenario when those children are hungry. When they are hungry, the child doesn’t care where he or she is or...

November 26, Faith to Replace

It is common to experience loss in life due to its fragile nature. The good news is that God is with you in those times of loss, and He is able to restore what was lost in His own way that is also meaningful to you. For example, you can lose a business but...