The Purpose Driven Life (3)

This continues on from Part 2 previously, and is the last of this brief 3-part series.

What drives your life?

Ask yourself these questions..

  • What motivates you to get out of bed and get to work first thing in the morning?
  • Do you currently have a goal?
  • Is there something you know you have to achieve in life?

The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.

There are 5 major things that drive people to do what they do everyday.

  1. Materialism. Their desire to acquire more wealth and assets in life is their whole goal in life. I may be wrong, but I believe that for many people, this drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make them happy, more important, more secure etc.. But this is NOT TRUE! Possessions only provide temporary happiness. There is never enough. It like like a bottomless pit that wealth will never be able to fill. NET-WORTH DOES NOT EQUATE TO SELF-WORTH!!
  2. The need for approval from others. They allow the expectations of parents/friends/others control their lives. If there is something I have learnt, it is that one sure way to failure and misery is trying to please everyone. It is absolutely impossible.
  3. Fear. Fear makes people do things. The fear of failure may even make people to do things they would otherwise never have done. On the other hand, past experiences may have an impact on us, making us afraid to venture out into the world. It may even cause us to miss great opportunities. Instead, they try to play it safe and maintain the status quo by avoiding any form of risks. In any case, either way is not good.
  4. Resentment and Anger. Much too often, when something hurts us real bad and breaks us down, we keep that memory and that feeling safely locked up in our head. Our brain just goes into overdrive and constantly rewinds and rehearse that scenario and how we felt during that moment over and over and over again. Many of us aren’t living in the present. We allow the past to affect our present. The present becomes the past. And it becomes a vicious cycle. Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with lfe, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past.
  5. Regret and Guilt. Much like the previous point, we often replay the scene and how we felt then over and over. We keep asking ourselves, “What if…”. Unfortunately, life is not like a video game in that there is no restart/rewind/extra lives to rely on. Shit happens, what we have to learn is how to let go of the past. We have to learn how to accept mistakes, accept things for how they were and move on. That, I believe, is one of the most important skills we have to learn in life. We all fail, but what matters is how we pick ourselves up, dust em off, and move on with life.

Are we making the most out of our lives? Are we putting to full use the unique talents that God has given each and everyone of us?

One day, we will all stand in front of God and he will ask us 2 simple questions.

  1. Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  -John 14:6
  2. What did you do with what I gave you?

Your life, talents, gifts, opportunities, energy, relationships and resources.. Did you makes full use of them all or squander them away?

The first question will determine WHERE we spend eternity.

The second question will determine WHAT WE DO in eternity.

Ask yourself : How would you answer if someone came up to you and asked what your driving force is for your life? Is what you do everyday, helping bring you closer to what you want it to be?

I hope you’ve found these articles helpful, and have enjoyed reading as much as I do enjoy writing them.

If you would like to know what drives me in life, maybe you would like to read this post that I wrote about myself, explaining my dreams, passions and the reasons why I do what I do everyday.

Or if you’ve missed out, you can read Parts 1 and 2.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Paul Chong

Disclaimer: I have used and quoted certain portions from the book “The Purpose Driven Life” in this blog post. I have claim no rights to any of the material found in it.

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