A New Purpose

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.

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3 Responses to A New Purpose

  1. JLS says:

    As environment changes, living things must adapt to thrive. It sounds like one’s understanding of one’s purpose is like that. Adapting a purpose does not throw out the old, but sees it in a new way. I hope that Rick Warren’s book is a help in this. As for me, I value your blog posts, especially the thoughtful sermons, and reminders of God’s presence.

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for your kind comment. There are a couple of homilies I’ve given recently that I’ll post on the blog soon. Peace to you.

  3. mike says:

    “My new purpose, whatever it is, will be grounded in Christ; AND IT WILL EMERGE, I TRUST(emphasis mine), from a living and interactive relationship with Christ.” Good stuff,Chris.

    For what it’s worth,here’s our solution:
    Step 3: Made a decision to turn our Will and our lives over to the care of God (as we understood Him).

    If I am deliberate/intentional and sincere in the act of turning over and surrendering my will to God then logically I must necessarily trust that God is now leading/guiding me, not only intuitively but also through the various channels He uses to communicate with/to me. It’s only when I can, BY FAITH, Trust the process, that I begin to experience “the Peace of God that passes all understanding” and eventually come to realize that Christ is living His life through me- AS ME

    Step 11:Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God(as we understood Him), praying only for the knowledge of His Will for us and the power to carry that out.”

    Who among us is actually trying to IMPROVE our conscious contact with God?? not many I dare say, most of us believe that we have already ‘arrived’ at the pinnacle of our experience with God, for such there is little hope of genuine progress and further spiritual development.
    When I ask God for the power to carry out His Will, I am asking for much more than I know or care to admit:
    THE PROMISES-(pg83_84 The Big Book)—”If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
    Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them”.

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