Last night I was reading my book called “The Purpose Driven Life”, written by Rick Warren. I took note on one particular chapter which was chapter 3 what drives your life? In the chapter it listed 5 main points that drive peoples lives:
- People driven by guilt ( when we hang onto our past and let in manipulate our lives, “we are products of our past, not prisoners of it.” )
- People driven by anger ( when we remain hurt from what others have done to us in the past, “resentment always hurts you more than the person who hurt you.”)
- People driven by fear ( fears that have developed due to traumatic experiences-Car accident, family member’s death-unrealistic expectations, growing up in a high-control home. People who are too afraid to venture out into the world fall into this category)
- People driven by materialism ( The desire to acquire more and set up a good life here on earth rather than thinking of life in eternity with God)
- People driven by the need for approval ( Allowing family members, teachers or friends to control our lives by setting their expectations)
These are the main points focused in this chapter. It got me thinking, what drives my life? Well the honest answer is materialism. It also happens to be the most common answer. How many of us focus on setting up our lives, getting a job, making lots of money and buying lots of expensive things. We focus our lives so much on making a living on earth, that we pay no attention to when we are living in eternity. On average, humans live about 70 years. In eternity we live an eternal life with God. So why don’t we start giving the correct answer which is devoting my life to Jesus Christ and glorifying him no matter what the cost. So many people have stared Satan in the eyes and proven that God means more to them than their own life. They have been beaten and tortured all because they are open about their love for Jesus. If they can do it, so can we. We can sacrifice our lives on earth, in exchange for eternity in heaven. To me it seems like a fair trade.