I woke up this morning with the intense need to read and listen to worship music. I scoured my nightstand where I keep all my books and found one I have never opened, and quite honestly don’t remember how I got it. It is one of the bestselling Christian books of all time, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Many of you have probably heard of this book and maybe even read it, but what I didn’t know until I opened it this morning, is that it is a 40-day devotional to help you discover God’s purpose for your life. Since I get excited about reading and writing (you know I had to write about this!) I have decided to share a recap from each day with you as I read through it. Now I have to warn you…I do not schedule regular writing times because I usually never uphold that schedule, I have this weird feeling of being limited to certain content or when I should write and typically do the opposite of what I am told…(This is exhausting by the way). BUT I think that this is short and sweet and very important to share so hopefully I can stay consistent for the next 40 days, and if I miss a day, just extend me some grace and I will do the same for you. So here we go….
“Unless you assume a God, the questionof life’s purpose is meaningless.” -Bertrand Russell, atheist
Day 1 highlights:
It’s not about you.
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness.
You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
Focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose.
(Page 18 &19)
You didn’t create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for!
You were made for God, not vice versa, and life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not your using him for your own purposes.
You could reach all your personal goals, becoming a raving success by the world’s standards, and still miss the purposes for which God created you.
“Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.”
It is about becoming what God created you to be.
(Page 20 & 21)
God is not just the starting point of your life; he is the source of it.
To discover your purpose in life you must turn to God’s Word, not the world’s wisdom.
The Bible gives us three insights into our purpose:
You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about him. His purpose for your life predates conception. He planned it before you existed, without your input! You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other parts of your life, but you won’t get to choose your purpose.
The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity.
“Without God, life make no sense.”
-Andrei Bitov, Russian novelist grew up in atheist communist regime
At the end of each chapter they have a section called, Thinking About My Purpose. I would encourage you to consider these 3 points each day and meditate on the truth and question how it relates to your life.