Today we will be reviewing Chapter 4 of The Purpose Driven Life, Made to Last Forever. If you haven’t read Day 3, What Drives Your Life, check it out here. You can also watch a Facebook live video from Friday, where I share some highlights and read from Chapter 3. The content is so good you don’t want to miss out!!
I feel like this chapter is fitting for this Monday afternoon. It’s the day after my 30th birthday, and although some may dread that number, I am truly embracing it! It got me thinking though…Because on our friends or family’s birthdays we celebrate their life and how much they mean to us. But, when it comes to funerals we mourn people and are sad they have left us. I know I switched that happy topic pretty quickly. But stay with me here…There is a popular slogan that encourages people to live each day as “the first day of the rest of your life.” Don’t you think it is a much wiser saying to live each day as if it were the last day of your life (pg. 40)? I mean, how much do we really know on the first day of our life? But our priorities become so much clearer when you know you only have one day to live. Chapter 4 of The Purpose Driven Life highlights this exact topic.
Made to Last Forever
“Surely God would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”–Abraham Lincoln
Even though we know everyone eventually dies, death always seems unnatural and unfair. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God wired our brains with that desire!
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.
The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.
When you live in light of eternity, your values change.
Every act of our lives strikes some chord that will vibrate in eternity
The most dangerous act of contemporary living is short term thinking.
God has a purpose for your life on earth, but it doesn’t end here.
Only a fool would go through life unprepared for what we all know will eventually happen. You need to think more about eternity, not less.
Kristen’s answers to the Question to Consider:One thing I should stop doing: Taking the time I have in my life for granted. I want to live intentionally and not overwhelmed by my schedule or stuff. One thing I should start doing: Waking up before the boys (ideally 6am) to get quiet time and devotion time in before the chaos of the day begins and I don’t have “time” for it. This is a tough one for me. Will you pray I can be consistent with this?!
What about you? Comment below what you need to stop doing and start doing in order to live in light of eternity?? Start with something simple.
Share below so I know how I can pray for you 🙂
Written by: Kristen Oliver based on The Purpose Driven Life