Monday, January 3, 2011


"The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man."  Thomas Carlyle

Everyone's life is driven by something.

Most dictionaries define the verb drive as "to guide, to control, or to direct."  Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment.

What is the driving force in your life?

The Benefits of Purpose-Driven Living

There are Five Great Benefits of Living a Purpose-driven life:

  • Knowing your Purpose gives Meaning to your Life: We were made to have meaning.  When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable. Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning.  Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.  The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.
  • Knowing your Purpose Simplifies your Life: It defines what you do and what you do not do.  Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which are not.  You simply ask, "Does this activity help me fulfill one of God's purposes for my life?"  Without a clear purpose, you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources.  You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood at that moment.  Purpose-driven living leads to a simpler life style and a saner schedule.
  • Knowing your Purpose Focuses your Life: It concentrates your effort and energy on what is important.  You become effective by being selective.  Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, hoping that the change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart but it does not solve your real problem - a lack of focus and purpose.  If you want your life to have impact, focus it!  Stop dabbling.
  • Knowing your Purpose Motivates your Life: Purpose always produces passion.  Nothing energizes like a clear purpose.  On the other hand, passion dissipates when you lack a purpose.  This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature.
  • Knowing your Purpose Prepares you for Eternity: Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth.  They want to be remembered when they are gone.  Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says.  What people fail to realize is that all achievements are eventually surpassed, records are broken, reputations fade, and tributes are forgotten.  Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal.  A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy.  You were not put on earth to be remembered.  You were put here to prepare for eternity.

Adapted from the book 'The Purpose Driven Life' by Rick Warren.

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