‘The Purpose Driven Life’ Walk-Thru #Week1 #BookClub

September 24, 2014 6:05 am

 “It’s not about you” are the first words of the book.

And it really doesn’t get any easier to “hear” after that.  To really wrap my head around what it means to “live my life for God” is quite the culture shock.  I’ve been all up in the world.
all about jesus

So really… it’s been tough.

My soul has gone to crazy-town ever since I started making an earnest effort to “seek His will”.  C.S. Lewis would call it a spiritual battle and that’s just about what it feels like.

Now, what was white is now black, what’s up is down, what’s right is wrong… so confusing!

How can it not be about me?  After all, I am… well… me.

Nope.  Wrong attitude.

We learn in Chapter 2 that we are not accidents.  We were created just as we are for His purpose.  For. His. Purpose.  That’s pretty heavy.

So that means… when (or if) we get to heaven, God’s gonna ask us what we did with what He gave us. Eek.  I’ve done a whole lot of helping myself, being ungrateful and quick to be offend or angered.

Always trying to find something that will satisfy my soul.  Not finding it.

“God made me so He could love me”, the book says.  Can that really be true?  So why don’t I feel it?  What am I doing wrong?  Am I trying too hard?  Am I not surrendering enough?

Then, Chapter 3 asks what drives me/you/us.  I’ll tell you what… being reminded of what “drives us” in black and white is borderline depressing.  We can be so short-sighted.

Guilt, resentment, anger, fear, materialism, the need for approval… Yep.  These are all things that drive me to some extent.  Why?

Maybe we’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places.

Though I can know in my mind that life doesn’t make sense without God, it’s really hard to rely on someone I can’t hear or see in the way I accustomed to.  I want a hug, Lord.

I am used to the world.

But I was put here to build an eternal legacy.

Wow.  Yep.  Gotta remember that.

Wanna join in the conversation?  Join us Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7CT here.  We will be sharing experiences and supporting each other as we take the 40-day challenge as laid out in The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren.

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