What are you here for? What am I here for? Do we have a purpose? Of course, we do!! I know that as a teenager, that purpose can be vague at times, and even unimaginable. We often feel insignificant in this world full of people with so many beliefs, ideas, and opinions.
I’ve been reading What On Earth Am I Here For? (the revised version of The Purpose Driven Life) by Rick Warren. It’s such a great read if you can snag a copy…yes, get it in print so you can make notes and underline all the good nuggets within those pages:) Rick discusses 5 great benefits to living a purpose-driven life.
1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
2. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life.
3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life.
4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life.
5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.
I won’t discuss them all in this post, but I do want to cover the first 2. We all live our lives for something, for some it’s more apparent than others. According to Mark, “we were made to have meaning…when life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable.” Have you ever set a goal? And working toward that goal gave you a drive, right? You have your eyes set on the prize and you just won’t stop til you’ve crossed the finish line.
“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.” -Rick Warren
Hope is crucial for us all…without hope, there is no moving on, looking up, or pressing forward. It is essential. I’m sure we have all felt hopeless at some time or another. In Christ, there is no hopelessness. Trust in him and know that he put you here for a purpose much greater than anything on this earth. Warren states “wonderful changes are going to happen in your life as you begin to live it on purpose.”
One of my favorite passages of scripture comes from Jeremiah 29:11. “”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 a hope and a future.”” What a great thought…
Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. When you know what your purpose is, it affects all other aspects/decisions/choices in your life. You aren’t going to participate in things that are meaningless to you or pointless toward your purpose. Would an Olympic swimmer spend a few hours each day training on the tennis court? Doubtful. Would a wedding planner choose to order roses despite the fact that their client requested daisies? Of course not! We will live our lives toward our purpose…our focus should be on that and not on the numerous distractions in this world.
Warren said something that I absolutely loved, so simple yet so overlooked sometimes. “It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God’s will. If you can’t get it all done, it means that you’re trying to do more than God intended for you to do (or possibly, that you’re watching too much television).” When you live for your purpose (God’s purpose for you), the rest falls into place. So simple. Simpler lifestyle…simpler schedule…simpler everything. Room to breathe. Sigh. I’m feeling better already!
I don’t know about you, but my schedule is pretty intense sometimes. I get burnt out, stressed, etc. I have to remind myself to “stop and smell the roses.”
My challenge for us is to sit down and think about what the driving force of your life is right now. Now ask yourself, what do I want it to be?
Some of you may be familiar with this song, but listen and watch anyways. Read the lyrics as he sings…such a great lyric.
Be sure to check back for the next Purpose post…