Purposeful Living Is The Path To Peace — Chapt. 3 — Purpose Driven Life
Posted by infinitygoods on February 9, 2008
Previous chapters can be found on the Purpose Driven Life page.
“You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
What has been the driving force in your life? Rick Warren introduces 5 main categories which often drive our lives. Which do you fall into?
Are you ready for a purpose driven life?
Warren speaks of hope. I remember my father telling me that “as long as there is life, there is hope.” Life is given to us by God and with it, He gives us hope. With hope, he gives us life.
Warren reminds us once again to simplify our lives, to focus on God’s purposes for us. Do you try to do it all? Not too long ago was the Christmas season. It is often a time of stress because we try to do too much. We attempt to go to all the parties, pack too many activities, shop for too many people, eat too many traditional foods, and we lose our focus. We lose “the reason for the season” as some like to say. We forget to focus on God. Do we do the same with the rest of our life?
Not having a purpose is like trying to pack a suitcase without knowing where you’re going. Do you pack the high heels or do you pack the hiking boots? Do you pack your winter coat or your swimsuit?
Similarly, we try to do it all, but knowing our purpose will help us find time for what is truly important. We won’t waste time with peripheral activities when we can go straight for the goal. We will do fewer things, but our life will be full and we will find peace of mind because we will be doing what matters for this life and the next.
Now think about the last two questions Warren asks in this chapter. He says the purpose of his book is to help us answer them. So keep them in mind as you keep reading.
Tomorrow we will discuss Chapt. 4 on eternity. Peace be with you.