What Drives Your Life?

Notes from The Purpose Driven Life

Everyone’s Life is driven by something.

Most dictionaries define the verb drive as “to guide, to control, or to direct.”

Often times, we find ourselves being driven by a problem, a pressure, a deadline, painful memory, a haunting fear, or an unconscious belief. There are hundreds of circumstances, values, and emotions, that can drive your life. Here are five of the most common ones:

  • Many people are driven by guilt. They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. Guilt-driven people are manipulated by memories. They allow their past to control their future. They often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success. When Cain sinned, his guilt disconnected him from God’s presence, and God said, ” You will be a restless wanderer on the earth. That describes many of us today. – wandering through life without a purpose. We are products of our past but don’t have to be prisoners of it. God specializes in giving people a fresh start.
  • Many people are driven by resentment and anger. They hold on to hurts and never get over them. Instead of releasing their pain through forgiveness, they rehearse it over and over in their minds. Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent.  Listen: Those who have hurt you in the past cannot hurt you UNLESS you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing can change that!
  • Most people are driven by fear. Their fears may be a result of traumatic experiences, unrealistic expectations, growing up in a high-control home, or even genetic predisposition. Regardless of the cause, fear driven people often miss great opportunities because they are afraid to venture out. Instead, they play it safe, avoiding risks and trying to maintain the status quo. Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God Intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and Love.
  • Many people are driven by materialism. Their desire to acquire more becomes the whole goal of their lives. This drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make me more happy, more important, and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue. Possessions only provide temporary happiness. Because things do not change, we eventually become bored with them and then want newer, bigger, better versions.
  • Many people are drive by the need for approval. They allow the expectations of parents, spouses, children, teachers, or friends to control their lives. Other are driven by peer pressure, always worried what others might think. Unfortunately, those who follow the crowd generally get lost in it. One key to failure is trying to please everyone.

Living On Purpose is the Path to Peace.

“The Man Without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder-a waif, a nothing, a no man.” ~Thomas Carlyle




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