Proverbs 4:26 "Know where you are headed, and you will stay on solid ground" (CEV)
Do you know where you are going? Have you found out what the purpose for your life is? I've been giving these questions a lot of thought lately and realize that sadly I would have to answer no to both of these. I believe that this is one of the fundamental errors of many Christians, and even more so, many churches today. We quote Scriptures such as "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jer 29:11 NIV), and think that all we have to do is just trust in the Lord to lead us and everything will fall into place. But is that the way our attitude should really be? Now obviously we should look to the Lord for guidance, and that He does have a plan for our lives. Those aren't the aspects of this thinking that I'm questioning. What I am questioning is our attitude that things will simply happen when they're supposed to happen. What would it look like if Christians would not only trust in God for our future, but search out what that is. What would it look like if we understood what our purpose is and then intentionally did things that fulfilled that purpose? What would it look like if each church would examine its strengths and weaknesses, the grouping of people that God has brought together and seek God for what His purpose is for that particular church body. What would it look like if we would remove the distractions, whether good or bad, and focused on the goal that God has for you/me. These questions have been going through my mind and as I've begin to start seeing what the answers point to I'm excited about what this could mean. I understand that alot of these ideas come from Rick Warren book The Purpose Driven Life (which i havent read yet) so for many this may be something you've been thinking about for awhile. But for me this is a new idea. So for the next week or so I want to develop these ideas and focus on a couple of the different aspects. I'm not really sure how many people actually read these posts, more than anything this is an opportunity for me to get my thoughts in writing, but i would like to hear any ideas or disagreements that these topics spark.