The Benefits of Knowing

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The benefits of purpose-driven living is:

  1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
  2. It simplifies your life with do’s and don’ts.
  3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life to concentrate your efforts and energy on what is important.
  4. It motivates your life. Purpose produces passion.
  5. It prepares you for eternity. (Warren,2004)

Although we want to live in eternity with Jesus Christ and God our father we must not lose sight of our purpose here on earth. I have read so many books where it seems the focus is on eternity so much that we forget to live the blessings of this life for God and his purpose for us. The parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-30) shares of three servants who chose different ways to handling their master’s money. Two of the servants invested and doubled their money not worrying about tomorrow. The one servant who worried about the what-if dug a whole and put the money in it. He believed this would please his master to not have used the gift he was given but to hoard it away. The two servants whom invested the money receive the reward while the one who was afraid received nothing.

God’s purpose for you and your life is here and now discover it and grow your relationship with him and eternity is yours.

Reference

Warren, Rick (2004).  A purpose driven life.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

New Beginning of a Fresh Start

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When you are ready for a fresh start in life you clean house and that means your internal life (body, mind, and soul) and external life (your environment and people you spend time with).

To make changes in the right direction it is important to do 3 things:

  1. Write a Life Purpose Statement and read it daily.
    1. This summarizes God’s purpose for your life.
    2. It points the direction of your life.
    3. It’s a statement that defines success for you.
    4. It clarifies your roles in life.
    5. It expresses your SHAPE; the way God made you. (Warren, 2004, pp.286-288)
      1. (http://sbpcshape.org/)
  2. Be willing to change.
  3. Try new things.
After establishing your statement and embarking on change and new things remember not to do too much at one time. If you are trying to keep yourself busy to keep your mind off of being alone or loneliness I encourage you to find peace through daily prayer and understanding the solitude will help find inner peace. Don’t become a recluse but don’t overwhelm yourself of too many tasks that you can not focus on the healing and finding inner peace with Jesus Christ as your center.
Reference
Warren, R., (2004). Daily inspiration for the purpose driven life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Toilet VS BathTub

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A great tactic that has been suggested to married couples in counseling is to bare all and get vulnerable by taking off all your clothes in the bathroom and the wife sits on the toilet and the husband gets in the bathtub. (Kollar, C.A, 2011, p.155) I couldn’t help but laugh after reading this suggestion but the couple that did this could hardly raise their voice as they giggled at each other and their vulnerability.  So your next fight take it to the bathroom and see if it doesn’t help you scream less and talk and giggle more.

References:

Kollar, Charles A, (2011). Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

“Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Read more at http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2973/14-Bible-verses-to-guide-you-every-day-of-your-marriage.html#rIktC3LO2fOFWbAz.99

Do You See Me

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We all have something to offer others but we do not always know right away what our purpose is in life.  Without purpose in our life we are lost.  We cling to what others tell us we should do or should be.  God gave you a special gift and it is something you are passionate about.  The goal is to use the gift of life and talent God has given you to glorify him by loving him and others.

What are you passionate about? Do you know your purpose? A great book to read is “A Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.

Referenced Wisdom

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James 1:5-8

As I write a research paper I am blessed with great wisdom of others that walk with Christ.  

     One of the philosophies that Author James C. Petersen uses in life is from his mother.  She said, “James, I want you to be the kind of person who treats women well.  When you take her home to her parents, be sure she’s in as good or better shape as when you picked her up.” (Petersen, J.C., 2007, p.209)

C.S. Lewis- “Don’t wait until you love people to act on their behalf. Act on their behalf, and you will come to love them.” 

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Life is precious and short.  How can we live each day to the fullest to maximize our impact on the world and glorify God? We start on our knees in prayer and from there God will walk you step-by-step through your day.  With each step you take you have a choice to listen to Gods direction or take your own directional step.  He gave us free will to follow him or to follow nothing.  If you choose your way that is exactly what you will have; nothing.  Even the richest of men and women have nothing without the Lord because they feel empty inside.

Proverbs 28:6 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse.

What will you do with your day today?  Will you live for God or live for you? Write down the things you want to do today with honesty and then pray about them all. God will show you what you need to do.

To Be A Discipler of Jesus Christ

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John 17:6-8

I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.  Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.  For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.

  1. Manifest God’s name.

  2. Produce keepers of God’s word.

  3. Disciples teach from personal experience.

  4. Disciples pray for disciples.

  5. Protect you disciples by speaking the truth in love.

  6. Disciple’s give joy to disciples.

  7. Spend meaningful time with God on a daily basis

  8. Properly equip disciples.

  9. Disciples must pursue holiness.

  10. Pursue unity in the results of unity.