"My pursose is
to inspire others to reach higher, go farther, and do more than they ever thought
What are You doing
My name is Gary Madden. The most
"life-altering thing that ever happened to me was when someone challenged me to deeply thing about my
purpose on the planet. What was I here to
Up until that time ... I had lived a story book life. All of
my life I had felt called and dreamed of being a Preacher of the Gospel; and, I had done that. In
thirty plus years of a beautiful marriage to a person with the same dream, we had pioneered two churches,
pastored four others and traveled all over the U.S., into Mexico and Canada as an
Then the unexpected happened. I was struck with a
mysterious disease that for 8 years teams of doctors could not diagnose and I found myself losing my ability
to walk and function ... I had to resign the church I was pastoring and move my wife and daughter into my
sister's house (living in what was their study).
To shorten the story; I was finally diagnosed by Dr. Erica
Simpson-Green in 2007 with a form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
After receiving treatment, I experienced remarkable recovery in
regaining ability to function (still unable to walk without assistance) and began working as a High School
Science teacher and returned to secular college online as a full-time
Life was better, but I was no longer a Pastor ... in fact, I was
not preaching in a pulpit anywhere and I wondered if I ever would
That's when I was asked if I knew what my "Purpose"
You see, when you know what your
purpose is; and can distill it into one simple sentence, you learn that you can fulfill it no matter what
occupation or life circumstance you may find yourself in. As a preacher for over thirty years, I was
fulfilling my Purpose (as stated above) and didn't even know it. When I found what my purpose was, I found I
could continue to accomplish that even though I was in a powerchair and teaching High School. We bought a
beautiful new home (left) in August 2010.
So, I challenge you as you peruse this and other of my
pages ... "Why are You here?"
It is imperative to your success in life as well as any endeavor
to understand completely the answer to that question and be able to write it into one simple sentence you can
write and repeat over and over to yourself.
Here's what's good ... I am also preaching again in pulpits most
every weekend and I have found what I am really supposed to do on this planet
... and I am doing it
daily in or out of the pulpit.
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