- Everyone’s life is driven by something
- Although there may be many things driving your life now to include a problem, pressure, painful memory, determination, a passion, belief etc., there are 5 very important ones we all need to focus on.
- Many people are driven by guilt. Guilt driven people are manipulated my memories. They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. They allow their past to control their future. They are unconsciously punishing themselves and sabotaging their success. “We are products of our pasts but we do not have to be prisoners of it.”
- Many people are driven by resentment and anger. They hold grudges instead of releasing their pain through forgiveness. Some even “calm up” and internalize their anger while others “blow up” and express it. Both are unhelpful and unhealthy. Resentment always hurts you more than the person you resent who has forgotten all about what you are angry about.
- Many people are driven by fear. Fear-driven people often miss out on great opportunities because they are afraid to venture out. Fear is a self-imposed prison that can keep you from becoming what God plans for you to become. Move against fear with weapons of Faith and Love.
- Most people are driven by materialism. their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their lives. They feel that having more things with make them happy, secure, important, etc. It is all a lie. although it may give you temporary happiness ,those things do not change, they become boring over time. This causes you to go out in search for more, newer things, bigger, better, versions etc. God says the most valuable things in life are not things. Real security can only be found in that which can never be taken from you. Your relationship with God.
- Many people are driven by the need for approval. They allow the expectations of family, friends, peers, parents, teachers, and so on to control their lives. top worrying about what others might think. I might not know all the keys to success but one key to failure is to try to please everyone. If you are being controlled by the opinions of others, you will miss God’s purpose for your life.
- Nothing matters more than knowing God’s purpose for your life and nothing can compensate for not knowing them – not success, wealth fame or pleasure.
5 BENEFITS OF PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIVING.
- Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. Without meaning, your life has no significance or hope. If life has no meaning, we wouldn’t have scientists, physicists and philosophers trying to figure out the meaning of things that occur in life.
- Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. this defines what you do and what you do not do. You evaluate which activities are essential and which ones are not essential to fulfilling your purpose. Simplicity helps you have a foundation on which you build decisions, allocate your time and use your resources.
- Knowing your purpose focuses your life. It concentrates your energy on what is important. You become effective and selective. The people who have made the greatest differences in history were the most focused. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy with no purpose.
- Knowing your purpose motivates your life. Purpose always produces passion. You get our of bed each morning feeling motivated and willing to contribute to attaining your success, conquering goals and working on your purpose.
- Lastly, knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity. Why spend your life trying to create a lasting legacy on earth when what really matters is what God says at the end and not people. All achievements are eventually surpassed, all records are broken, reputations and tributes forgotten. Living to create and earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal but a wiser use of time would be to build and eternal legacy. You were put on earth to prepare for eternity and not be remembered just on earth.
- To prepare for eternity, get ready for these two questions that God will ask you when you are sitting at the throne for judgement. “What did you do with my son Jesus Christ?” and “What did you do with what I gave you? (Your life, gifts, relationships, talents, energy, opportunities, and resources)” By the end of this 40 day journey, you should be able to answer those questions.
QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do i want it to be?