Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Purpose Driven Life

About 2 years ago, thousands of churches across the country experienced The Purpose Driven Life in unison. This book became a best seller overnight and was the focus of small group bible studies, sermons and large group conferences. Bellefield also participated in this journey, and I, by extension, did as well.

Now 2 years later, I'm giving it another run through. Not because I didn't get anything out of it the first time, but because the content is so rich and so convicting many times that it's a great book to keep on hand when life starts to feel overcrowded and stressful.

One of the early chapters in the book talks about the principle of being a steward with your time. That every minute of every day lived on earth should be spent preparing you for your life in eternity. WOW! That's a HUGE undertaking! It goes on to mention that how we use our time, our talents, our relationships and our finances should help us to discover and fulfill our God-given purpose. We can choose our spouse, our career, our friendships and our hobbies, but we don't get to choose our purpose. God created each person with a unique purpose in mind, and our first responsibility on earth should be discovering what that purpose is so we can work to achieve it.

"Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships, and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management. We are stewards of whatever God gives us." -- Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life