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What drives your life?

来源:丰台堂 作者: 时间:2010-08-31 点击:

1. Everyone’s life is driven by something.

2. Most dictionaries define the verb drive as “ to guide, to control, to direct.” Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing at that moment. What’s the driving force in your life?

3. Right now you may be driven by a problem, a pressure, or a deadline. You may be driven by a painful memory, a terrible fear, or an unconscious belief. There are hundreds of circumstances, values, and emotions that can drive your life. Here are 5 of the most common ones.

1)Many people are driven by guilt.

They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. Guilt-driven people are manipulated by memories. They also unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success. When Cain sinned, his guilt disconnected him from God’s presence. And God said: “you will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” This describes most people today---wandering through life without a purpose.

We are products of our past, but we don’t have to prisoners of it. God’s purpose is not limited by your past. He turned a murderer named Moses into a leader and a coward named Gideon into a courageous hero. And he can do amazing things with the rest of your life too. God specializes in giving people a fresh start.

2)Many people are 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 internalize 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. While your offender has  probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life. You continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past.

Listen: Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourselves with your bitterness. For your own sake, learn from it, and then let it go.     

3)Many people are driven by fear

Their fear may be a traumatic experience, unrealistic expectations, growing up in a high-control home, even genetic predispositions. Regardless of the cause, 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.

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)Many people are driven by materialism

Their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their lives. 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 they are all totally wrong. Possessions only provide temporary happiness. Because things do not change, we eventually become tired of them and then want newer, bigger, better versions.

The most common myth about money is that having more will make me more secure. Wealth can be lost instantly through a variety of uncontrollable factors. Real security can only be found in what can never be taken from you- your relationship with God.

5) Many people are driven by the need for approval.

They allow the experiences of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives. Many adults are still trying to earn the approval of unpleasable parents. Others are driven by big pressure, always worried by what others might think.

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 purpose for your life. Jesus said, “no one can serve two masters.”

There are other forces that can drive your life but lead to the same dead end: unused potential, unnecessary stress, and an unfulfilled life.

So we must have a God’s purpose-driven life.

Not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure can compensate for not knowing God’s purpose for you. Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, pretty, and pointless.

The benefits of God’s purpose- driven life

1 Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.

We were made to have meaning. This is why people try dubious methods, like astrology or psychics, to discover it. When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything: without it, nothing is bearable.

Without God, life has now purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope. Isaiah complained, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.”

There greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose. If you have felt hopeless, hole on! Wonderful changes are going to

happen in your life as you begin to live on purpose. God says,“ I know what I am planning for you…I have good plans for you. Not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. ”

2Knowing your purpose simplifies your life

It defines what you do and what you don’t. You just ask yourself; “Does it help me to fulfill one of God’s purpose for my life?”

It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God’s will. If you can’t get it all done. It means you’re trying to do more than God intended for you to do(or possibly, that you’re watching too much TV).

3.Knowing your purpose 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 issue. Without a purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, or other externals—hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. You say to yourself, “maybe this time it will be different …” but it doesn’t solve your real problem.

Paul said, “Let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.”

4.Knowing your purpose motivates your llife.

Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose. On the other hand, passion dissipates when you lack a purpose.

5.Knowing your purpose 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. But what you must care ultimately is not what others say about you but what God says about you. What people fail to realize is that all achievements are eventually surpassed, records are broken, reputations fade, and tributes are forgotten. A wiser use of today’s life is to build an eternal legacy. Your were not put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.

One day you will stand before God to give him your account. This is a final exam, before you enter eternity. The Bible says,“Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God…yes, each of us will have to give  personal account to God…”

Fortunately, God wants us to pass this test, so he has given us the questions in advance.

First, “What did you do with my son, Jesus?” God will 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? Jesus said : “I’m the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Second, “What did you do with what I gave you?”

What did you do with your life—all 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 ?

Preparing you for these two questions is determine where spend your eternity. The second question will determine what you do in eternity.

Point to Ponder: Living on purpose is the path to peace.

Question to Consider:

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

 

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