I need a new purpose. For the last few months I’ve struggled to understand what my purpose is at my church anymore. To help discover a new purpose, I’ve decided to read Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. I have read a few chapters in it but not the whole thing. It’s one of the best selling books of all time. I have great respect for Rick and Kay Warren, in particular their humanitarian work around the world, as well as the noble and vulnerable way they handled their son’s suicide.
I like how it begins. “It’s not about you.” True, it’s not about me. It’s about God and God’s purposes for my life. Warren makes a distinction between speculation about our life’s purpose and revelation of our life’s purpose. He ends with Christ, as he concludes chapter one. He quotes Ephesians 1:11 in The Message: “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.” My new purpose, whatever it is, will be grounded in Christ; and it will emerge, I trust, from a living and interactive relationship with Christ.