Made to Create

by William Norvell

So today’s blog is a bit personal for me.  About 4 weeks ago, I welcomed my first child into the world.  I can’t explain it, but I’ve always wanted to name my first boy after me, so William Key Norvell III was born.  We are calling him “Liam” so he can have his own identity.  My wife (the one in the background :) and I are pretty much overjoyed right now as we get to know the little guy more each and every day. And as a new father, I can’t be more thankful for today’s blog topic.  


Today I get to introduce a video about Nate Saint, the CEO of Iron Mountains.  Nate’s company creates baby products, and most of them are under the Graco brand.  If you have ever had your child soothed in a Pack ‘n Play, then you should shoot Nate a thank you note (over 39 million sold since 1987!).

Nate started out as a janitor for Graco when his dad was a designer there, now he runs the company.  I was inspired by Nate's thoughtfulness around his goal for the office - peace - what a simple concept but how complex it is to execute.  His motivation for this goal is James 3:17 -18:

17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

I also love Nate's practical advice for how to share his faith in the workplace, mostly focusing on finding unique ways to pray with his employees during difficult times. 

I'm confident every business owner will enjoy hearing Nate's story of how he believes God invented creativity and is therefore the one true guide on his entrepreneurial journey.

This video was made by the LeTourneau Center for Faith and Work.