…to continue with the previous post which explores our purpose, with references from Rick Warren’s book What on Earth Am I Here For?, I would like to cover the following:
3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life.
4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life.
When we know our purpose, we can center our focus and place our concentration on goals to reach our purpose. Warren says “you become effective by being selective.” Love that little nugget there…I am all about effectiveness and efficiency, probably too much. I love it when I can get a task done in a timely manner or by using an efficient method of doing it. It’s like a little achievement…trophy worthy? No. But it makes me feel good:)
As humans, we love to try new things and if things get tough we often prefer to change directions. According to Warren, “there is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose. The men and women who have made the greatest difference in history were the most focused.”
Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.” –Ephesians 5:17 (MSG)
If you want your life to make a difference, focus it! Get a grasp on your purpose! A very important note that Warren makes is “never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point?” In the words of Paul: “Let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” -Phillipians 3:15 (MSG)
Knowing your purpose motivates your life. I am one of those people who requires motivation for many things…like working out. I don’t wake up in the morning and crave jumping around in my living room so I can get all sweaty. Eww. No, I’m one of those people who needs a coach and an accountability partner and a motivation group. But once I get that little boost of motivation, I’m ready to get crankin! I workout, and I get energized and ready to take on my day! I love my workouts, but that energy doesn’t last forever. I have to do it all over again the next day to get rejuvenated. According to Warren, “nothing energizes like a clear purpose.” Once we know our purpose, it produces PASSION. And that passion will drive us on to fulfill our purpose in Christ.
Stay tuned for the final post on Purpose.