Day 3: What Drives Your Life?

‘Everyone’s life is driven by something’.

True. What’s yours driven by? Guilt? Resentment and anger? Fear? Materialism? A need for approval?

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GUILT: ‘Guilt driven people are manipulated by memories… they often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success.’

RESENTMENT AND ANGER: People motivated by resentment and anger ‘hold on to hurts and never get over them… some clam up and internalize their anger, while others blow up and explode it onto others… Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment…’

FEAR: ‘Regardless of the cause (of fear), fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they’re afraid to venture out. Instead they play it safe, avoiding risks and trying to maintain the status quo.’

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… real security can only be found in that which can never be taken from you – your relationship with God.’

A NEED FOR APPROVAL: ‘I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone. Being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purposes for your life.’ No one can serve two masters. Matthew 6:24

I’ll admit I’m driven by a few of them.. guilt, materialism, a need for approval.. I’m noticing these needs slink back further into the background though as God refocuses my vision and demonstrates his power and willingness to bless and guide my life. As TPDL says, ‘when life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable.’

There are huge benefits of knowing your purpose in life. It gives you meaning, allows you to simplify your routine and helps you to focus yourself. Most of all, it prepares you for eternity. Focus is important. At the moment I seem to be doing a bit of everything.. and it adds up to being A LOT. Too much in fact. I loved this: ‘Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point?’ Excellent! ‘It’s usually meaningless work, not overwork, that wears us down, saps our strength, and robs our joy.’

‘This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognised by yourself as a might one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.’ George Bernard Shaw

This all boils down to one, very liberating thought: ‘Living on purpose is the path to peace.’

So the question is this: What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want it to be?

Perhaps go and ask them..

PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only.

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