Everyone is driven by something.
Have you ever asked your family or close friends what they think drives your life? I bet their answers would be very interesting and you would learn a lot about yourself in the process.
There are so many things that can drive us. Memories. Fears. Belief.
Guilt. We run from regrets and hide in shame. This is when we allow our past to control our future. This is the ultimate “I’ not good enough” response that drives everything we do.
Rick Warren says, “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” God does not limit you by your past. He redeems you from it. I mean, Moses was a murderer and God used him to deliver His people from slavery. Redemption is the fresh start that God specializes in. “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.” (Psalm 32:1, MSG)
Fear. This is a self-imposed prison that keeps you from being all that God created you to be. How do we defeat fear? With faith and love. 1 John 4:17-18 (MSG), “God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”
Approval. Expectations of others controls our lives. We try to earn the approval of others our whole lives, but there is only One we need to seek approval from. “Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.” (Unknown Author)
You can be sure that you will fail if you try to please everyone all the time. It’s impossible. “No one can serve two masters.” (Matthew 6:24, NLT) Nothing can compensate for knowing God’s purpose for your life.
Why are we not driven and guided by the purpose of our lives?
Purpose gives us meaning and we were made to have meaning. When we have meaning, we can bear almost anything. Hopelessness is a tool that Satan uses to make us feel as if there is no meaning to our lives. BUT GOD is hope and gives us hope. Hope gives us meaning in our future and purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT) This should give us all the hope we need in our purpose because God already has is planned out.
Think about this: What are some habits, hurts, or fears that keep you from beginning to live out and ENJOY God’s purpose for you?
Until next time,