Lent 2012 ~ The Purpose Driven Life, Day Seven

Day Seven, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

The Reason for Everything

In Chapter seven, Warren makes it clear that we owe everything to God.  He is the reason that we exist and that the world exists and in the creations of God we see his glory.

God’s glory is the expression of his goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities.

For us to give glory to God we must SHOW him glory.

In this Chapter, Warren expresses the importance of showing God glory, that this is our primary mission in life, to give glory to the God who created everything.  He also states that we cannot add to God’s glory, but through our actions we can fail to give the glory that our Lord deserves.

We learn that we are commanded to recognize his glory, honor his glory, declare his glory, reflect his glory and live for his glory.  In this chapter we learn that living for God’s glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.

The Purpose Driven Life explores how we can Bring Glory to God…. we learn there are five basic ways to bring that Glory and read that the remainder of this book will explore those ways.

  • We bring God glory by worshiping him
  • We bring God glory by loving other believers
  • We bring God glory by becoming like Christ
  • We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts
  • We bring God glory by telling others about him

My favorite passage of this chapter reads….  Right now, God is inviting you to live for his glory by fulfilling the purposes he made for you.  It’s really the only way to live.  Everything else is just existing.

Day Seven

Thinking About My Purpose

Point to Ponder: It’s all for him.

Verse to Remember:  “For everything come from God alone.  Everything lives by his power, and for everything is for his glory.”  Romans 11:36 (LB)

Question to Consider:  Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God’s glory?

RIP ~ Davy Jones, The Monkees

RIP

Davy Jones

The Monkees

1945 – 2012 

PB Post Article on Sober Houses

 

I encourage you to purchase today’s Palm Beach Post.  On the front page there is an article entitled “Uproar Over Sober Houses.”  (This is a newspaper exclusive and not available on-line.)

Mrs. Margaret Holland of Kalmia Drive is quoted extensively in the article regarding the problems she is having with these homes.

Let me be clear… we are not opposed to Sober Houses, they serve a purpose and if they help people to stay off drugs and alcohol they are a benefit to society.  HOWEVER, it is my belief and many other residents beliefs that they do NOT belong in residential neighborhoods and MUST be licensed.

While the people who live in these homes are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act, who protects the citizen who lives next door?  When does the best interest of the majority come into play?  When and who will help protect our rights?

We must get legislation passed to require licensing… for the last two years, many of us in elected office have pushed the State to enact some type of legislation requiring licensing to no avail.

This is an issue that is important to all of our well-being and our community…. get involved, contact your State Legislators and demand action before your neighborhood looks like Mrs. Holland’s!

Life’s Playlist…. Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi

Bed of Roses performed by Bon Jovi

Lent 2012 ~ The Purpose Driven Life, Day 6

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Day Six ~ Life is a Temporary Assignment

I am a big believer in “God Things,”  when something happens for no other reason than God made it happen.  The phone call that changed my life (which you can read about  here ) was a TOTAL God thing.

Today’s lesson is a God thing.

I lost a friend last night, a young father in great shape with a young toddler son and young wife died.  His death was totally unexpected, a real shock to the system.

Since learning about Mike’s death this morning, I have naturally been upset.  But in addition to being upset, I have been questioning how God could do something like this.

Why would God strike down a young father , in the prime of his life when his young son will need him?  Knowing it is part of God’s plan and there is a reason doesn’t always make it any easier to understand.

Tonight, Warren’s words have been provided at the perfect time for me to hear.  Beginning with two scriptures from Psalm.

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.  Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.  Psalm 39:4 (NLT)

I am here on earth for just a liitle while.  Psalm 119:19 (TLV)

What is important to know is that while our life here on earth is fleeting, it is only a pre-cursor to our EVERLASTING life.  Today my friend made his journey into everlasting life where he will live with God throughout eternity.

It still isn’t fair that a young wife will have to bury her husband or a young child will grow up without his father.  Yet, it is part of a bigger picture, it is our responsibility to make sure this child knows his father and that his wife is comforted.

God will provide a way for this family, we will mourn the loss and Mike will walk with God through eternity.

A God Thing…..

DAY SIX:  THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE

Point to Ponder:  The world is not my home.

Verse to Remember: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Question to Ponder:  How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now?