March 20, 2013

Day 3. What Drives Your Life?

You, LORD, give perfect peace 
to those who keep their purpose firm 
and put their trust in You.
- Isaiah 26:3 -

Here are 5 most common things that drives someone life:

1. Driven by guilt
They spent 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. They often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success.

2. Driven by resentment and anger
They hold on to hurts and never get over them. Instead of releasing their pain through forgiveness, they rehearse it over and over in their minds. Some resentment-driven people 'clam up' and internalise their anger, while others 'blow up' and explode it onto others. Both responses are unhealthy and unhelpful. Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent.

3. Driven by fear
Their fears may be a result of a traumatic experience, unrealistic expectations, growing up in a high-control home, or even genetic predisposition. Fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they're afraid to venture out. Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love.

4. 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. Possessions only provide temporary happiness.

5. Driven by the need for approval
They allow the expectations of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives. Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried by what others might think. Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. 

The benefit of knowing your life's purpose:

1. Gives meaning to your life
We were made to have meaning. Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.

2. Simplifies your life
It 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 aren't. Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources.

3. Focuses your life
It concentrates your effort and energy on what's important. You become effective by being selective. It's human nature to get distracted by minor issues. Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing everything, hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart.

4. Motivates your life  
Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energies like a clear purpose.

5. Prepares you for eternity

Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they're gone. The ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says.

2 questions that you have to answer when you stand before God:

1. What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?

God won't 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?

2. What did you do with what I gave you?

What did you do with your life - all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationship, and resources God gave you? Did you spend them on yourself, or did you use them for the purposes God made you for?

The first question will determine 
where you spend eternity.

The second question will determine 
what you do in eternity.

Be ready to answer those both questions.

God bless,


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