Living on Purpose is the path to peace.
"You, LORD. give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you." Isaiah 26:3
What am I driven by: guilt, resentment & anger, fear, materialism, the need for approval? This is a really good chapter, it gave me lots to think about. I'm driven by guilt. there are many things in my past that I wish i could erase. "We are the products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it. God's purpose is not limited to your (my) past". I'm driven by anger. If someone wrongs me, i can stew and stew over it. in some cases, I've carried it for years. "Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now, unless you hold on to the pain through resentment." I know it, but it's hard to let go. I'm driven by fear. I grew up in a poor family and although I make a very good living, I always worry where the next deal is going to come from. lastly I'm driven by the need for approval. As a child, I was always good, because I didn't want my Father to be disappointed in me. Even as an adult, the worst thing for me is to have someone disappointed in me. Well....it looks like I'm a mess. i think if I am focused on God's purpose for me, than these other things won't matter and I will be more at peace.
"Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life." I like the idea of working for God's purpose, rather than mine.
"Knowing your purpose simplifies your life."
"Knowing your purpose focuses your life." I know what I need to do and what I don't need to do
"Knowing your purpose motivates your life."
"Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity."
Question: What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life. I think most of my friends (because they were once Clients) would say that it's my job. I think my close friends would add that I serve others. I think Carol would add learning about God. I would like it to be that I serve others.