A few years ago I had the privilege of attending a Purpose Driven Church Conference on the campus of Saddleback Church in southern California. It was one of those rare, life-changing weeks that come along far too seldom. The founding pastor, Rick Warren, has written two best-selling books. His latest is called “The Purpose Driven Life.” This book is designed to be read over a period of 40 days. Each lesson is just a few pages long and requires time to digest. On Day Three, Rick shares five great benefits of living a purpose-driven life:
1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. We were made to have meaning. This is why people try dubious methods, like astrology or psychics, to discover it. When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable.
2. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. If defines what you do and what you don’t do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t. People who don’t know their purpose try to do too much–and that causes stress, fatigue, and conflict. (See Ordering Your Private World and A Leader’s Real Test for further thoughts along these lines).
3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life. It concentrates your effort and energy on what’s important. You become effective by being selective.
4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life. Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose.
5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity. Many people spend their lives trying to create a lasting legacy on earth. They want to be remembered when they’re gone. Yet, what ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life, but what God says.