What Drives Your Life?
Continuing our study of Rick Warren's 'The Purpose-Driven Life', this chapter is the longest one so far, and probably the most important it has definitely affected me and my life
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man.
- Thomas Carlyle
</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Everyone's life is driven by something. There are hundreds of circumstances, values, and emotions that can drive your life. Here are the 5 most common: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 allow their past to control their future, often punishing themselves by sabotaging their own success.
We are products of our past, but we don't have to be 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.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 internalize and 'clam-up' and others externalize and 'blow-up'.
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 onto the pain through resentment. Your past is your past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness - for your own sake, learn from it, and let it go.Many people are driven by fear.
Their fears may be the result of a traumatic experience, unrealistic expectations, growing up in a high-control home, or even genetic predisposition. Regardless of the cause, fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they're afraid to step out. Instead they play it safe, avoiding risks.
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.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 misconception that having more will make me more happy, more important, and more secure, but all 3 ideas are untrue. Posessions only provide temporary
happiness, we eventually become bored and want newer, bigger, and better versions.
Having more doesn't make us more important or more secure. Your value is not determined by your valuables, God says the most valuable things in life are not things! Wealth can be lost instantly through a variety of uncontrollable factors.Many people are driven by the need for approval.
They allow the expectations of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives, for some, well into their adulthood. Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried about what others might think - those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
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.
There are other forces that can drive your life but all lead to the same dead end: unused potential, unnecessary stress, and an unfulfilled life.
I'll stop here for now, the best part is yet to come... but ponder for a moment:
What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want it to be?