The Purpose Driven Life – Day Three, Part 2

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

The Benefits of a Purpose Driven Life.  Pastor Rick tells us there are 5 benefits of living a purpose-driven life.

Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.  How many times have you heard or said, “My life has no meaning.”   We are made to have meaning!  I can personalize this by telling a quick story.  Last week I got an email from a friend of mine who reminded me of a time that I did something for her that I thought was very simple, but for her had tremendous meaning and impact.   You’ll never guess what I did for her…..I bought her a cup of coffee!  Simple, huh?   But for her, at that point in her life, it had great meaning and purpose.  She needed to know that someone cared enough about her to simply buy her a cup of coffee.  Didn’t the Savior say something about a cup of cold water given in His name?   This event happened probably 4 years ago and she took the time to remind me of that day and told me what it meant to her.  This showed me that many of the things we do for people that seem so simple and insignificant to us, can have great and lasting meaning to those to whom we direct our actions.  This simple truth proves that we all have meaning and purpose.  This side of eternity, we’ll never know the impact we’ve had on those with whom we come in contact, but when all is revealed, we’ll realize that everything done in the name of Jesus impacted someone in a huge way.

 Knowing your purpose simplifies your life.  One of the things on which I need to work is my obsessive need to do something about everything that comes across my radar.  I see the need to rescue a family from a hurricane in New Orleans, I’m there; re-build homes in New Orleans, I’m there!  How about clean up a lakefront at a nearby Christian camp after a flood, I’m there.  See what I mean?  My life got so complicated because I wanted to help everyone, all the time!  I was living outside my purpose.  Had I simply used the things I learned in my first reading of The Purpose Driven Life, I could have simplified my life to a great extent.  So my friend, are you yearning for a simpler lifestyle and a saner schedule?  Then live with your purpose in mind.  “A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.”  Proverbs 13:7 (Msg). 

Knowing your purpose focuses your life.  When you understand your purpose, you then can begin the process of focusing your time, talents and energies in order to realize your true purpose.  The people who seem to get the most out of life, are those who are truly focused.  Do you want your life to have meaning and impact, focus it!  Pastor Rick tells us to prune away all those activities that are not associated with a purpose-driven life.  He tells us that even the good activities, when not associated with your purpose, should be dropped.  The saying, “keep your eyes on the prize,” is applicable here.

Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.  What is your legacy?  Is it houses and land?  Is your legacy a large bank account?  Maybe your legacy is a large family.  I wrote about this in my blog at https://beencouragedtoday.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/people-who-make-a-difference/ .  What really matters is a legacy of faith!  You leave a lasting legacy by living with your purpose in mind.

A point to ponder: Living on purpose is the path to peace.

A verse to remember: “You, Lord, give perfect peace to those how keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (TEV)

A question to consider:  What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life?  What do I want it to be?  Tough questions for sure, but a great victory is on the way if you can honestly ask the questions then as you answer, make those necessary life adjustments to put yourself on the purpose driven path.

Be encouraged today friends!  Randy

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by eddy mcnamara on August 18, 2010 at 3:17 am

    What drives my life? To be the best person I can be and to help otherson a daily basis. I try to be the best servant, wife,mother and worker I can be daily. It is my personal goal to make one persons life better each day. I try to enrich life through simple, works that will have a positive effect, and for the world to know that I serve and awesome God.

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