There were some things in my chapter reading in “The Purpose Driven Life” today, I really felt compelled to share.
“Everyone’s life is driven by something….
…….Right now you may be driven by a probelm, a pressure, or a deadline. You may be driven by a painful memory, a haunting fear, or an unconscious belief. There are hundreds of circumstances, values, and emotions that can drive your life. Here are five of the most common ones:
…Driven by guilt. They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. Guilt-driven people are manipulated by memories. They allow their past to control their future….We are products of our pasts but we don’t have to be prisoners of it…God’s purpose is not limited to your past….
Driven by resentment and anger. They hold on to hurts and never let go of them. Instead of releasing their painthrough forgiveness, they rehearse it over and over in their minds. Resentment often hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen: Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue you to hurt you now UNLESS you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For you own sake, learn from it and then let it go…..
Driven by fear…..Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move againist it with weapons of faith and love….
Driven by materialism. Their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their lives. This drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make me more happy, more importnat, and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue….
Driven by the need for approval. They allow the expectations of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives….Unfortunately, those who follow the crowd, usually get lost in it. I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try and please everyone. Being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purpose in your life…..
Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty and pointless……
Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, or other externals – hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart.”