The benefits of purpose-driven living is:
- Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
- It simplifies your life with do’s and don’ts.
- Knowing your purpose focuses your life to concentrate your efforts and energy on what is important.
- It motivates your life. Purpose produces passion.
- 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.
Warren, Rick (2004). A purpose driven life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Remember when you were on cloud nine and you had the feeling that the sky’s the limit but then all of a sudden in a blink of an eye your heart gets ripped out and handed to you by life through the loss of someone you love.
One thing I do know first hand is that “The only way to live without someone you love is through Jesus Christ.” Without Jesus and our heavenly fathers love life ceases to exist with any meaning and we become reckless and lost. In some ways I am thankful for such a great loss. Without the loss my eyes may have never been opened. As in John 9:25, “I was blind but now I see.”
Please open your heart and eyes and surrender to the Lord. God gives you one gift of life on this earth; don’t waste it. “God blesses those who realize they need him.” Matthew 5:3
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
Closer to the One movie!
A Christian Film by Stacey A. Robinson
Inspired by her personal story “Closer to The One” on Amazon.com.
We are currently raising money for our next film project working title “Closer to The One”. A romantic comedy for those hopeless romantic believers in Christ.
A Single mom gets a fresh start in a fixer-upper home and with the help of God’s handy man finds herself closer to the one.
A single mom name Stacey and her daughter Sela move in to a fixer-upper with a grumpy neighbor who happens to be an old boyfriend of Stacey’s. When Jack realizes that Stacey lives next door he finds any excuse to go see her and complain. Stacey hires a handy man, Oliver, to help fix the issues that seem to be causing Jack to bring more grief to Stacey’s door and in the process Oliver with the help Sela thaw the hearts of two stubborn people.
Casting call- email Headshot/resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead roles and Supporting roles will be paid.
Jack- (age range late 30’s; ethnic-caucasian;tall, fit, handsome) Neighbor/mechanic
Oliver (age range 60’s; ethnic- open; God fearing man, humble) Handy Man
Extra’s will be listed as needed – follow the facebook page coming soon
Christian Singer/Songer writer needed to write/sing/perform song to go along with the movie.
What we do, what we say, and how we treat others matters. There are days when I feel unseen and unheard and that what I have to say doesn’t matter to others. As quickly as that comes in to my head; I dismiss it. We all matter to God and when you live for him what you do to glorify him will matter to those he wants it to matter to.
When we make choices in life; we must be willing to handle what comes from those choices. Even the greatest of intentions can cause harm. With God he will take the bad and use it for the greater good.
By Jim Petersen
In my Pastoral course at Liberty University I came across this game by Jim Petersen called Family Listening Game. Growing up in a huge family of 9 kids you have to really talk loud and fast or interrupt a lot to get your story in at meal time. This game allows each family member to speak and share what is on your mind and heart as the others sit and listen. This game is not only for families; I recommend this game for team building as well. It can be fun and very helpful with bringing those low key quiet people out of their shells. I hope you will try this at home and work and share this game with others.
Years ago I had a dream I was standing in church behind a lot of women hoping to be chosen as the one to be a mans wife and of course I wasn’t the one the man wanted and I watched him carry off another and then I turned and walked out through the open doors. The dream speaks to me about life and reminds me that we shouldn’t wait on someone to choose for us what will happen next; only God knows his plan for us. God’s plan for me is so much better than I could ever dream of.
In relationships, jobs, and daily living God has a plan for us all and as long as you pray and surrender to him daily you will know his plans as needed. Walk with the Lord and choose to seek his truth daily and your choices will be more Christ like and you will prosper in Gods plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
When relationships go wrong it’s usually due to the inner desires of what we want versus what other person wants. We do not always understand or communicate these desires to each therefore we end up in a battle of words or silence. Here are seven biblical steps to restoring fellowship: (Warren, R, 2013, pp.127-132)
- Talk to God before talking to the person.
- What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. (James 4:1-2)
- Always take the initiative.
- Jesus said, “If you enter your place of worship and about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
- Sympathize with their feelings.
- As it is said in Philippians 2:4 “Look out for another’s interests, not just for your own.”
- Confess your part of the conflict.
- Jesus said, “First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5)
- Attack the problem, not the person.
- A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.
- Cooperate as much as possible.
- Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. (Romans 12:18)
- Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution.
- Work hard at living at peace with others. (1 Peter 3:11)
- Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Warren, R. (2013). Daily Inspiration for The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
The Holy Bible, New International Version (2008). Parallel Study Bible.