Monday, March 24, 2014

One Life, One Purpose

Before my 29th birthday, I wrote down three books that I want to read before I’m 30 and The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is one of them. I’ve had copies of this around me for almost a decade but I haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. While there are a few things in the book that I disagree with, it is merely because my beliefs are different. Nevertheless, the book is so worth anyone’s time –Christian or not- because it is filled with encouraging words and empowering thoughts that can help you in many different ways. I highly recommend it, especially to those who are new to the Christian faith.

I love books that don’t only give me new things to think about, but make me look at some aspects of life in a different light and this book is high on my list. I copied some parts of it that made me go “Oh, Yeah!” to post here in my blog to share to all of you, but nothing beats reading the book by chapter and reflecting on what you’ve read for 40 days. However you understand God’s message through Pastor Rick Warren in writing this book, and whatever it is that you decide to do with what you have learned, there’s a reason for it. May you have a more meaningful life ahead of you whichever path you take- a life lived with a high sense of purpose.

v  You did not create yourself so you cannot tell yourself what you were created for.

v  You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you but God did.

v  God never makes mistakes.

v  Love is the essence of God’s character.

v  You discover your purpose if you make God your reference point.

v  We are products of the past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.

v  Self-worth and net-worth are not the same.

v  You just have enough time to do God’s will.

v  Activity is not productivity.

v  Meaningless work, not overwork, wears us out.

v  The world will not devote itself to making you happy.

v  The closer you live to God, the smaller everything appears.

v  Thinking about death is not morbid; to live in denial of death is unhealthy.

v  Your perspective will influence your destiny.

v  To live for God’s glory is the only way to live.

v  Enjoy life, not endure it.

v  The secret to a lifestyle of worship is to do everything as if you were doing it for God.

v  If you reject yourself, you reject God’s wisdom in creating you.

v  Surrendering to God brings freedom, not bondage.

v  Desiring control brings stress.

v  Instead of trying harder, trust God more.

v  Praying without ceasing is conversing with God whatever you are doing.

v  Prayer lets you speak to God; meditation lets God speak to you.

v  You are as close to God as you choose to be.

v  Audacity is authenticity.

v  Pain is the fuel of passion; it moves us to change.

v  We can worship God imperfectly, but we can’t worship Him insincerely.

v  God intentionally made us all different; everyone isn’t expected to love Him in the same way.

v  The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain.

v  Seek God, not an experience.

v  Don’t doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.

v  Familiarity breeds complacency.

v  Love cannot be learned in isolation. You have to be around imperfect people.

v  The time you give for it reveals something’s value.

v  You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving.

v  The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.

v  None of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves.

v  We are called to love real, not ideal people, like God does.

v  Self-pity dries up sympathy for others.

v  Fellowship rubs out mistakes, not rub in.

v  Forgiveness is letting go of the past. Trust is rebuilt over time.

v  Speak the truth in love.

v  The tunnel of conflict is the passageway to intimacy.

v  Frankness is better than flattery.

v  When involved in a conflict, talk to God before talking to the person.

v  Relationships will go smoother if you pray more about them.

v  When resolving conflicts, delay deepens resentment. Focus on feelings, not facts; sympathy, and not solutions.

v  If you say something offensively, it will be received defensively.

v  Disagree without being disagreeable. Seek reconciliation, then resolution. (Strive for) unity, and not uniformity.

v  Focus on what we have in common, not our differences. We must enjoy our differences and not tolerate them.

v  Conflict is a sign that the focus has been shifted to less important issues.

v  Longing for the ideal while criticizing the real is evidence of immaturity. Settling for what is real without striving for what is ideal is complacency.

v  Disillusionment is a good thing because it destroys our false expectations of perfection.

v  Choose to encourage rather than criticize.

v  Do not judge others (with different convictions) because we will be judged not by each other’s standards or our own but God’s.

v  Your character is the sum of your habits.

v  Commitments can develop or destroy you but either way, they define you.

v  Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. The way you think determines the way you feel and what you feel influences the way you act.

v  God has a purpose behind every problem and uses circumstances to develop your character; all are significant in God’s growth process for you.

v  You’ll never know that God is all you need until God is all you’ve got.

v  God brings out good out of the worst evil. Pain is temporary. Focus on God’s plan.

v  If we escape difficulties in life, we are delaying our growth. Don’t give up. Grow up!

v  There is real peace amidst chaos and confusion when we trust God.

v  Every temptation is an opportunity to do good. You can’t claim to be good until you’ve been tempted to be bad.

v  A little sin is like being a little pregnant- it will eventually show itself.

v  The Power of Suggestion- the more you think about something, the stronger it takes the hold of you.

v  It is easier to stay out of temptation than to get out of it.

v  Real maturity is never the result of a single experience, no matter how powerful or moving. Growth is gradual.

v  God is never in a hurry but he is always on time.

v  A delay is not a denial from God.

v  You may not be where you want to be but you’re not where you used to be.

v  We are blessed to be a blessing.

v  What matters is not the duration of your life but the donation of it.

v  Passion drives perfection.

v  Serve God in a way that expresses your heart. Do what you love to do, for His Glory.

v  Only you can be you. If you won’t make your contribution to the world, it won’t be made.

v  Your abilities are a strong indication of what God wants you to do in your life. He matches our calling with our capabilities.

v  People are more encouraged when we share about how God’s grace helped us in our weakness than when we brag about our strengths.

v  You will be more effective when you use your gifts and abilities in the area of your heart’s desire, in a way that expresses your personality and experiences.

v  It feels good to do what God made you to do.

v  God deserves your best.

v  Nobody is good at everything and no one is called to be everything. We have defined roles.

v  Don’t compare and conform. Do your own work well. Seek only God’s commendation.

v  We serve God by serving others. Greatness is measured through service, not status.

v  If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.

v  Imperfect service is better than the best intention.

v  Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks.

v  There is a difference between prominence and significance. The hidden parts of the body are the most indispensable.

v  Insecure people always worry about how they appear to others.

v  God is never limited by our limitations.

v  Weaknesses cause us to depend on God and prevent arrogance.

v  Other people find healing in our wounds.

v  Vulnerability is emotionally liberating.

v  Decide whether you want to impress or influence people.

v  Credibility is more important than perfection. Be honest.

v  You are the authority of your life story and it’s hard to argue with personal experience.

v  Nobody can say it all so value each other’s life message.

v  Learn to love lost (and EGR- extra grace required) people the way God loves them.

v  God wants to say something to the world through you.

v  People are more receptive to God when they are under tension or transition.

v  Balanced people outlast everyone.

v  When you know what God wants you to do, the blessing comes in actually doing it.

v  Your roles and goals may change but your purpose doesn’t.

v  Worry is an indication that God is not at the center of your life. If God is your center, you will have peace.

v  Our lives must support and validate the message we communicate.

v  Do the eternal and timeless (Lord’s purpose) in a contemporary and timely way (in your generation). God created you for your time.

v  The rest of your life can be the best of your life if you start living on purpose today.


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