This is my favorite chapter so far!! If you have it in you, stick it out with me I promise you won’t regret it!! If you would prefer you can also watch a Facebook live video from Friday, where I share some highlights and read from Chapter 3. It was so good you don’t want to miss out!!
(page 27 & 28 highlights)
What is the driving force in your life?
Many people are driven by guilt
They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame.
Guilt driven people are manipulated by memories
They allow their past to control their future
We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.
God’s purpose is not limited by your past.
“What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven!… What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.” Psalms 32:1-2 (TLB)
Many people are driven by resentment and anger
Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent.
Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold onto the pain through resentment.
“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” -Job 5:2 (GNT)
Many people are driven by fear
Regardless of the cause, fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they are afraid to venture out.
Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be.
“Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life-fear of death, fear of judgement-one is not yet fully formed in love.” -1 John 4:17 (MSG)
(page 29 & 30 highlights)
Many people are driven by materialism
The most common myth about money is that having more will make me more secure.
Real security can only be found in that which can never be taken from you-your relationship with God.
Many people are driven by the need for approval
Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
One key to failure is to try and please everyone.
Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty and pointless.
Five Benefits of Purpose Driven Living
Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable.
Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.
The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.
Knowing your purpose simplifies your life.
It defines what you do and what you don’t do.
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 that moment. People who don’t know their purpose try to do too much-and that causes stress, fatigue, and conflict.
It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God’s will.
“You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.” -Isaiah 26:3 (GNT)
3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life
You become effective by being selective
If you want your life to have impact, focus it!
Do less. Do what matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity.
“I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” -Philippians 3:13 (NLT)
4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life.
Passion dissipates when you lack a purpose
5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.
You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.
We will all be asked 2 questions when we stand before God:
What did you do with my son, Jesus Christ?
God won’t ask about your religious background or doctrinal views.
All that will matter is, did you accept what Jesus did for you and did you learn to love and trust him?
What did you do with what I gave you?
What did you do with your life-all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources God gave you?
The first question will determine where you spend eternity.
The second question will determine what you do in eternity.
COMMENT BELOW ONE WORD: What is the force that drives you? Maybe its one of the 5 listed?
Written by: Kristen Oliver based on The Purpose Driven Life