Doomed. I'm so toooo-rr--nn. I want to read this book entitled 'That Kind Of Guy' written by ate Mina Esguerra but I'm currently reading and so intoooo this hunhan/baekyeol fanfic which is Golden Cherry Blossoms. Augh. Adding to that, the fact that I need to study for my law subject tomorrow. ;-;
Books or Fanfics?
One thing's for sure doe study is outta my choices. Lolol. Just kidding! :p
July 20 is the last day of my journey in this purpose driven life book. Honestly, I can't believe the 40 days have gone by so fast. I could still remember that day wherein I happen to stumble upon the notion of reading this such inspiring and well-profound book about Papa God, how to worship him, that fellowship is very crucial; it's not just a mere friendliness towards other but there's always this thing called love; love your neighbors as you love yourself, growth in maturity is essential; to be able to act like Christ or becoming like Christ is indeed essential in our daily lives; how to serve with other and most especially to God; we are saved to serve and lastly the realization about my purpose in life. I have a mission, we all have a mission and it's to spread the Word of God. Sadly, I'm not even on my halfway or purpose I'm just starting but I'll do my best to serve God and be able to accomplish my purpose in due time. Reading about this book and blogging it helped me to come up with the enlightenment and becoming close to God. I'm not a perfect person, I have flaws in fact so many flaws but as this book said becoming a weakling is not bad actually it's the other way around. We're not perfect and God understand this because through this He will be the one that will serve as our only hope and the pillar of strength. I'm not afraid to start a new life because I have my God with me. Living my life for God’s purpose has a total new meaning. I am still honing on my talents and gifts but I am not sitting by the sidelines waiting. Soon I will be moving and I am looking forward to becoming active on my church and getting involve in a new community. For the first time, I am thinking about going on a mission trip maybe in the near future who knows? And hopefully soon sharing my life story to encourage others. I'd love to share! :) This has truly been an amazing journey! Thank You God! Words cannot express how I'm feeling. It feels surreal. It feels like this is the new chapter of my life. I promise to reflect with this book so that I can be able to make my own Life Purpose Statement, soon. Thank you for the enlightenment and learning. It's worth it, after all. :)
Point to Ponder: Living on purpose is the only way to really live. Everything else is just existing.
Insight: Acts 13:36 says, “David served God’s purpose in his generation.” Now we can understand why God called King David “a man after my own heart.” There is no greater epitaph than that statement! That we serve God’s purpose in our generation.
Most people struggle with 3 basic issues in life. The answers to all 3 questions are found in God’s five purposes for us.
The first is identity: “Who am I?”
The second is importance: “Do I matter?”
The third is impact: “What is my place in life?”
Once we know what God wants us to do, the blessing comes in actually doing it. As we come to the end of this 40 day journey together, and now that we know God’s purposes for our life, we will be blessed if we do them!
This probably means we will have to stop doing some other things. There are probably many “good” things we can do with our life, but God’s purposes are the 5 essentials we must do. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get distracted and forget what is most important. It’s easy to drift away from what matters most and slowly get off course. To prevent this, we should develop a purpose statement for our life and then review regularly.
What Is A Life Purpose Statement?
It’s a statement that summarizes God’s purposes for our life – In our words we affirm our commitment to God’s five purposes for our life. It’s not a list of goals. Goals are temporary, purposes are eternal.
It’s a statement that points the direction of our life – Writing down our purpose on paper will force us to think specifically about the path of our life. A life purpose statement not only spells out what we intend to do with our time, life and money, but also implies what we aren’t going to do.
It’s a statement that defines “success” for us – It states what we believe is important, not what the world says is important. It clarifies values.
It’s a statement that clarifies our roles – We will have different roles at different stages in life, but our purposes will never change. They are greater than any role we will have.
It’s a statement that expresses our shape – It reflects the unique ways God made us to serve Him.
Rick Warren recommends we take time writing out our life purpose statement. He explains we shouldn’t try to complete it in a single sitting, and not to aim for perfection in the first draft; just write down our thoughts as fast as they come to us. It is always easier to edit than create. Here are 5 questions we should consider as we prepare our statement:
Life’s 5 Greatest Questions
What will be the center of our life? This is the question of worship. Who are we going to live for? What are we going to build our life around? We can center our life around our career, our family, a sport or hobby, money having fun, or many other activities. These are all good things, but they don’t belong at the center of our life. None is strong enough to hold us together when life starts breaking apart. We need an unshakeable center.
Whatever is at the center of our life is our god. When we committed our life to Christ, He moved into the center, but we must keep Him there through worship.
How do we know when God is at the center of our life? When God’s at the center, we worship. When He’s not, we worry. Worry is the warning light that God has been shoved to the sideline. The moment we put Him back at the center, we will have peace.
What will be the character of my life? This is the question of discipleship. What kind of person will we be? God is far more interested in what we are than what we do. Remember, we will take our character into eternity, but not our career. Make a list of the character qualities we want to work on and develop in our life. Don’t get discouraged and give up when we stumble. It takes a lifetime to build a Christlike character.
What will be the contribution of our life? This is the question of service. What will be our ministry in the Body of Christ? Knowing our combination of spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences (SHAPE), what would be our best role in the family of God? How can we make a difference? Is there a specific group in the Body that I am shaped to serve?
What will be the communication of our life? This is the question of our mission to unbelievers. Our mission statement is a part of our life purpose statement. It should include our commitment to share our testimony and the Good News with others. We should also list the life lessons and godly passions we feel God has given us to share with the world.
If we are parents, part of our mission is to raise our children to know Christ, to help them understand His purposes. One day God will review our answers to these life questions. Did we put Jesus at the center of our life? Did we develop His character? Did we devote our life to serving others? Did we communicate His message and fulfill His mission? Did we love and participate in His family?
God Wants to Use Us - Acts 13:36 says, “David served God’s purpose in his generation.” Now we can understand why God called King David “a man after my own heart.” Rick Warren says, There is no greater epitaph than that statement! That we serve God’s purpose in our generation.
The purpose-driven life is that we do the eternal and timeless (God’s purpose) in a contemporary and timely way (in our generation). Neither past nor future generations can serve God’s purpose in this generation. Only we can. Like Esther, God created us “for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14
God is still looking for people to use. The Bible says, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
The ideal Christian life is one in which the believer keeps in balance God’s five purposes for his life, which are summarized in the two Great Commandments (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18, 19) of Jesus, as follows:
Love God with all your heart—the believer was planned for God’s pleasure, so his purpose is to love God through worship.
Love your neighbor as yourself—the believer was shaped for serving, so his purpose is to show love for others through ministry.
Go and make disciples—the believer was made for a mission, so his purpose is to chare God’s message through witnessing.
Baptize them into . . .—the believer was formed for God’s family, so his purpose is to identify with local believers (church) through fellowship.
Teach them to do all things . . .—the believer was created to become like Christ, so his purpose is to grow to maturity through discipleship.
The believer can best keep his spiritual life (five purposes) balanced by doing the following:
Joining a small group for accountability.
Believers can best internalize the principles of their five purposes in life by discussing and sharing them with other believers. In so doing this they reinforce them in their lives and establish a sense of accountability, not only to God, but to those around them with whom they fellowship.
A small group allows for feedback and encouragement from others who share the same values and purposes in life. Likewise, spiritual victories and blessings, both small and great, can routinely be shared with those in a small group.
Regularly evaluating his spiritual health.
Believers should regularly evaluate their spiritual health (their fulfillment of the five purposes in life) through Bible study (the map to correct thoughts and actions), prayer (genuinely asking God to reveal to them their spiritual condition and any sin for confession) and personal introspection (of motives for their service to God).
Recording his progress in a personal journal.
Believers can profit by recording the various life and spiritual lessons in a personal journal, to which he may review from time-to-time for both blessing and reinforcement. Also, by placing his thoughts down in writing the believer helps to make them concrete in his life. Since a Christian’s problems and pains force him to focus on God, these are of particular value and should be included in the journal.
Passing on what he learns to others.
Believers always learn more by instructing others in spiritual matters. To help another is to help both the giver and receiver.
Every believer has the choice of being either a worldly Christian, one who looks to God primarily for personal fulfillment; or a world-class Christian, one who looks to God to be used in God’s service. The Great Commission is charged to every believer. But in order for a believer to experience ownership in the Great Commission and thereby be a world-class Christian, he must restructure his thinking in the following manner:
Shift from self-centered thinking to other-centered thinking.
The believer, through moment-by-moment dependence on God, should strive to shift from a spiritually immature self-centered way of thinking to a spiritually mature other-centered way of thinking. This manner of thinking should be automatic when a believer comes into contact with anyone in life by the believer asking God for understanding of the other person’s spiritual needs.
Shift from local thinking to global thinking.
The believer should expand his witness-horizon by adding to the local community around him all the communities of the world. This process can be cultivated through his prayer ministry (praying for other countries, for missionaries, for more opportunities to witness), through becoming more informed of world events, and through participating in short-term mission projects in other countries.
Shift from “here and now” thinking to eternal thinking.
The believer should maintain an eternal perspective instead of majoring on minor issues that have no eternal value. In all matters and with all possessions in life, the believer should conduct his affairs for eternal results.
Shift from thinking of excuses not to witness to thinking of creative ways witness.
The believer should realize that there are myriad ways in which his witness can be effective throughout the world. He needs only to trust God to reveal those that have been designed for him. He needs no “special call” from God, because God has given His call to spread the gospel message to every believer.
Every believer has a choice of either existing as a worldly Christian (thinking only of self) or as a world-class Christian (thinking of others). It all depends on his thought processes. If he will shift from self-centered to other-centered, from local to global, from temporal to eternal, and from excuse-laden to creative thinking about his place and mission on earth; he will mature into a world-class Christian. This is every believer’s personal call from God.
At the moment of a person’s salvation until the day he enters eternity’s door he has been appointed as and given the responsibility of being God’s messenger. Every believer has a life message to share with the world, and it is within his God-given purpose to share the unique life experiences that make up his life message with others, both saved and lost.
Every believer has the privilege, the opportunity and the responsibility of sharing his personal life message with others on earth, which is composed of his testimony (salvation experience), his life lessons (personal insights from experiences with God), his godly passions (personal God-given concerns in life), and the sharing of the gospel message with unbelievers. Although all four components are important, nothing supercedes the believer’s efforts to bring the lost to Jesus Christ by means of sharing the salvation message, which is faith alone in Christ alone.