The Purpose Driven Life – Day Three, Part One

What Drives Your Life?

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder – a waif, a nothing, a no man. Thomas Carlyle

Here we go again; the first line.  Everyone’s life is driven by something. I began to ponder….what drives me?  For many years I was driven by “the need to be needed.”  I bet some of you are driven by the very same thing.  You find your greatest purpose when others need to have you a round; a spouse, a job, a city, a club, a congregation.  Yep, even a congregation.  Ministers are in a unique position to have the “need to be needed,” met. 

Some of you are driven by guilt.  All of us have a past we want and need to forget.  Your memories drive your present and future because you are constantly trying to make up for past mistakes. 

Does resentment and anger drive you?  Unfair treatment by those whom we trust can produce a tremendous amount of anger and resentment.   Pastor Rick says “resentment always hurts you more that it does the person you resent.  How true that is!  Friend, its time to get rid of the guilt, resentment and anger.  Those who have hurt you can only continue to hurt you if you give them permission by hanging on to the anger and resentment.  Let it go!!

Are you driven by materialism and the need for approval?  This one hits home for many of us.  The need for approval is a very powerful motivator and will rule your life is you let it.  Here’s the problem, no matter how good, how talented, how pretty or handsome, how sweet and kind you may be, you cannot please everybody!  Trying to please everyone is a surefire way to failure!  My brothers and sisters in the ministry, especially those in the worship ministry should take this one to heart.  Materialism is also a cruel taskmaster.  The myth is that having more will make you more important and secure.  I have an acquaintance that makes a lot of money.  He told me he was happier when he and his wife had very little money or possessions.  Now, he says, he has to spend way too much time thinking about how to keep his money. When you die, you are going to leave every dollar and every possession here.  There is no way around it.  Your eternal security can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Tomorrow we’ll look at the benefits of living the purpose driven life.  In the meantime friend, spend some time thinking about what drives you.  If  you are driven  by anything other than your true purpose, it’s times to set those things aside and start living the purpose driven life.

Be encouraged today friends!  Randy

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Kathy on August 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    There is alot to think about in your post. Alot that hits home. I’ll be thinking…and asking God to show me what drives me. I have read most of the book (several years ago)…but I so quickly forget and need to keep these things before me. In the words of a song I wrote myself “why ‘s it so hard to stay focused on You, I know in my heart that’s what I’ve got to do, every day, every hour.” Thanks Randy for keeping His word before us.


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