Knowing your purpose motivates your life.
In 2002 Rick Warren tapped into a universally felt need by writing a book that addressed the question, “What on Earth am I here for?” Forty three million copies of The Purpose Driven Life have been purchased.
One of them belongs to my sister, Nancy.
Thinking On Purpose
Sitting at her kitchen table recently I listened as she enthused about the book’s influence on making sense out of life. The picture tells the story of a well read, well marked, well loved book.
Nan had lost her way after the death of our parents. Alone. Grieving. Confused about why God allowed her to be orphaned.
Here’s what she discovered.
Clarity About Purpose
Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources. You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood at the moment.
Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose.
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God.
Begin With God
You were made by God and for God – and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.
When you fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now, and you realize that life is just preparation for eternity, you will begin to live differently. You will start living in light of eternity, and that will color how you handle every relationship, task, and circumstance.
The closer you live to God the smaller everything else appears.
Change Your Thinking
Living the rest of your life for God will require a change in your priorities, your schedule, you relationships, and everything else. It will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of any easy one.
Even Jesus struggled with this. Knowing he was about to be crucified, he cried out: “My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Thy name.”
Purpose Behind Every Problem
God has a purpose behind every problem. He uses circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he depends more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than he depends on our reading the Bible. The reason is obvious: You face circumstances twenty-four hours a day.
Every time you forget that character is one of God’s purposes for your life, you will become frustrated by your circumstances. You’ll wonder, “Why is this happening to me? Why am I having such a difficult time?” One answer is that life is supposed to be difficult! It’s what enables us to grow.
Remember, earth is not heaven!
Experience is not what happens to you.
It is what you do with what happens to you.
Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.
APPLICATION: Do you own a copy of The Purpose Driven Life? Got a favorite quote? Takeaway? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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