For the next six weeks we are going to soak in wisdom from a book that impacted my life immeasurably. It’s a Christian-oriented book, a book that expresses the belief in a Creator God and that every man and woman is created in His image. Whether or not you believe this, there is a great deal of wisdom in this book for everyone living with purpose, and for everyone desiring to live a life filled with purpose and meaning.
The book I’m referring to is The Purpose Driven Life written by Rick Warren, founder and lead minister at Saddleback Church in Orange County, CA.
This is a book I try to reread every year whether I need to or not!
Part 1 – What On Earth Am I Here For?
Chapter 1. “It All Starts with God: The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose. You didn’t create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for”!
Chapter 2. “You Are Not an Accident: Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. God prescribed every detail of your body. He deliberately chose your race, the color of your skin, your hair, and every other feature. He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality. Because God made you for a reason, He also decided when you would be born and how long you would live.”
Chapter 3. “What Drives Your Life?
- Many people are driven by guilt: Guilt-driven people are manipulated by memories. They allow their past to control their future.
- Many people are driven by resentment and anger: Instead of releasing their pain through forgiveness, they rehearse it over and over in their minds.
- Many people are driven by fear: Fear driven people often miss great opportunities because they’re afraid to venture out.
- Many people are driven by materialism: This drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make me more happy, more important, and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue. Possessions only provide temporary happiness.
- Many people are driven by the need for approval: Being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purposes for your life.”
Chapter 4. “Made to Last Forever: You have an inborn instinct that longs for immortality. This is because God designed you, in His image, to live for eternity. The reason we feel we should live forever is that God wired our brains with that desire! While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: Heaven or Hell. Your relationship to God on earth will determine your relationship to Him in eternity.”
Chapter 5. “Seeing Life From God’s View: The way you see your life shapes your life. How you define life determines your destiny. Your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships.
God’s view of life: Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment. God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life. Even the smallest incident has significance for your character development.”
Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. (quote by Pastor Alistair Begg)
“Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources are all gifts from God that He has entrusted to our care and management. Everything we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that God has placed in our hands. Our culture says, ‘If you don’t own it, you won’t take care of it.’ But Christians live by a higher standard; ‘Because God owns it, I must take the best care of it that I can.’ At the end of your life on earth you will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you.”
Chapter 6. “Life is a Temporary Assignment: To make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths: First, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, earth is only a temporary residence. You won’t be here long, so don’t get too attached. In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life—longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be!”
Chapter 7. “The Reason for Everything: Everything created by God reflects His glory in some way. God’s five purposes for your life:
- We bring God glory by worshiping Him
- We bring God glory by loving other believers
- We bring God glory by becoming like Christ
- We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts
- We bring God glory by telling others about Him
Living the rest of your life for the glory of God will require a change in your priorities, your schedule, your relationships, and everything else. It will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of an easy one.”
When I read a book, I like to use colored highlighters to draw attention to passages important to me and that I want to quickly refer to when rereading. If you saw my copy of The Purpose Driven Life you’d laugh hysterically because there aren’t many sentences that aren’t highlighted. It’s that good, and a must read!
I can’t emphasize enough how this book will help you develop a “purpose-driven life”.
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Next week we’ll look at Part 2 of the 6-Part series on Rick Warren’s book because…Wisdom Matters!