From the moment I held this book in my hands I knew it would be powerful, and insightful. However, I never quite managed to get to reading it straight away, and when I did, I didn’t complete it in 40 days like Rick Warren suggests. When I finally arrived at the final chapter and he mentions the completion of a 40 day journey, something in me sighed, a weight pulling my heart down saying how I wish. But hope was not lost; because what I gained was great, my journey was just beginning, my purpose yet to be uncovered and the wealth of knowledge about to be shared.
What is so special about this book is that unlike other great books that I read and keep so I can lend to a friend or save for my future daughter, I am simply going to re-read this one. It’s marked up, highlighted and folded on countless pages, I’ve journeyed with this book and learned so much, but I’m convinced I have to go back for more, and I’m sure I’ll learn something new. But for now, allow me to share with you five things I learnt on my first study of ‘The Purpose Driven Life’
1) What is your Purpose Statement?
This was quite a profound question because I could not answer it. Most institutions great and small have a mission statement. Something that identifies them; where there are and where they are going. I know what I want to do with my life in categories such as family and career, but I was yet to find my purpose statement in Christ and His body. I want to find it and know that I am truly working towards it.
2) Save one more for Jesus
Rick Warren describes his father as a man with the heart of an evangelist who on his death bed kept saying; ‘save one more for Jesus’. Its funny how we think that sharing the good news is ‘an evangelists job’. When really, we were all given the great commission to make disciples out of all men. Ezekiel 3:17-19
How are using your gifts and talents? Do you use them wisely to serve members of the body of Christ. I realised that I wanted to fully explore my potential for greatness whilst expanding the Kingdom of God.
4)Let it Go
‘We are products of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it’ Chapter 3. Its funny how the past holds on to us like an anchor; with the guise of making you feel rooted in remembering where you came from, it holds you captive to memories and hinders progress all at once. Sometimes I feel as though I can drop everything else at the cross, whilst holding on to my past. Its funny God never asks us to forgive ourselves, because that was always His job.
5)The language of Time
Time is the language of all things; ‘delay is not denial’. And God’s timing is indeed and will always be perfect. The only thing that distinguishes today from tomorrow is time, I’m learning to pause and appreciate the several moments today brings. Trusting God in my season, holding on to His Grace and learning to surrender to His will.
I was blessed greatly by this book but wanted to limit myself to only 5 things so as not to turn this into an epistle. I intend to study it again and share the new things I learn and I’m sure there’ll be many. But I encourage you to pick this book up today if you haven’t read it.
Have you read this book? What key things did it teach you?
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Until next time