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.
Your heart represents the source of all your motivations-what you love to do and what you care about most. Another word for heart is passion. Don’t ignore your interests. Consider how they might be used for God’s glory. There is a reason that you love to do these things. (Warren, R. 2013, p.215)
Often when we suffer a great loss we feel lost. It happen to me last year. I suffered a great loss and I couldn’t understand what God was doing. I was tired of feeling like I didn’t belong here or with anyone. Wondering what God’s plans were for me. I felt lost. A friend suggested I read “A Purpose Driven Life” and so I did. For this very reason, our program with Acting Out For Love Corp. has been built. Without purpose we feel useless and lost and therefore we usually become destructive to ourselves and the people we love. Find your purpose and live for God. You will enjoy life so much more once your eyes are opened to the blessings that he has given to you.
Through our pain it is hard to see what we already have from God; take off the blinders. Surrender yourself right now and experience something more powerful than you can ever imagine.
As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person. Proverbs 27:19
Serve the Lord with all your heart. 1 Samuel 12:20
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Warren, R. (2013), Daily inspiration for the purpose driven life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Betrayal is a sorrowful word in every sense because it means turning against someone whom trusted you and we are all guilty of it. What causes Betrayal? A betrayer is motivated by selfishness. (Moore, 2013) As we go through life and build friendships we either do things our way or their way but we don’t always do things Gods way. Betrayal shows up in those ways that are not Christ-like and true to Gods word.
I am reading “Breaking Free” by Beth Moore with my church group and it is a good book that furthers the teaching of wisdom through God’s truth. Although I deal with the aftermath of what childhood disappointments and hurts can bring this book gives it a new perspective and reaffirms my book “Closer to The One” which talks about one of the biggest impacts on my life as a young girl.
I was in 5th grade and at the end of the school year; I found myself in the middle of possible harm and when I cried out to friends for help they turned and walked away. I believe it is something that God wants me to carry as a reminder to always give justice and mercy and to be compassionate for others whom have been hurt.
We cannot stop betrayal but we can hold ourselves and others accountable by dealing with it and forgiving each other. Surrender your pain to the Lord and ask that he gives you peace and the grace to forgive. Life is better with love not hate.
Moore, B. (2013). Breaking free. Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press.