Monday, December 1, 2008
LIVING WITH A PURPOSE
There are great benefits of living with a purpose life.
We were made to have meaning. This is why most people try to discover it. When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without its meaning, nothing is bearable. So, without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. And, without meaning, life has no significance or hope. Hope is as essential to your life as air and water. You need hope to cope and hope comes from having a purpose.
Simplifies your life defines what you do and what you don't do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which are not. 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. People who do not know their purpose try to do too much and that causes stress, fatigue and conflict.
Knowing your purpose focuses your life. It concentrates your effort and energy on what is impotant. You become effective by being selective. It is human nature to get distracted by minor issues. Many people are like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but never going anywhere. A lack of focus and purpose in life will keep you changing directions, jobs, relationsips, churches or other externals - hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart.
Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose. On the other hand, passion dissipates when you lack a purpose. Just getting out of bed becomes a major chore. It is usually meaningless work, not overwork, that wears us down, saps our strength and robs our joy.
Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth.
They want to 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. Because, we were not put on earth to be remembered but to prepare for eternity.
One day all of us will stand before God and he will ask two crucial questions: First, "What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?" God would not ask about your religious background or doctrinal views. The only thing that will matter is, did you accept what Jesus did for you and did you learn to love and trust him? The second, "What did you do with what I gave you?"
What did you do with your life - all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources God gave you? Did you spend them on yourself, or did you use them for the purposes God made you for?"
Verse to Remember: "A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you." Isaiah 26:3