What Drives Your Life
I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force on envy and jealousy! Ecclesiastes 4:4 (LB)
“The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder- a waif, a nothing, a no man.”
Everyone’s life is driven by something. Most dictionaries define the verb drive as “a guide, to control, or to direct.” Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment. What is the driving force in your life?
Right now you may be driven by problem, a pressure, or a deadline. You may be driven by a 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:
Guilt-driven people are manipulated by memories, they spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. They allow their past to control their future. They often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success. We are a product of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it. God’s purpose is not limited by your past. When Cain sinned, his guilt disconnected him from God’s presence, and God said, “You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
God turned a murderer Moses into a leader and a coward named Gideon into a courageous hero, and He can do amazing things with the rest of your life.
- Many People Are Driven By Resentment And Anger.
Resentment always hurts you more that the person or the people you resent. While the offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen, those that hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is your past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. The Bible says “To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.”
- Many People Are Driven By Fear.
Fear is a self-impose prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be, their fears may be a result of a traumatic experience, unrealistic expectations, growing up in a high-control home, or even genetic predisposition. Fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they’re afraid to venture out. Instead they play safe, avoiding risks and trying to maintain the status quo. You can move against it with the weapons of faith and love. The Bible says, “Well-formed love banishes fear, since fear is crippling, a fearful life-fear of death, fear of judgment-is one not yet fully formed in love.”
- Many People Are Driven By Materialism
Possession only provides temporary happiness. Because things do not change, we eventually become bored with them and then want newer, bigger, better versions. Their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their live. This drive to always want more is based on the misconception that having more will make me happier, more important, and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue
Self-worth and net-worth are not the same. Your value is not determined by your valuables, and God says the most valuable things in life are not things! Real security can only be gotten or found in that which can never be taken from you-your relationship with God.
- Many People Are Driven By The Need For Approval
They allow they expectations of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives. Many adults are still trying to earn the approval of unpleasant parents. Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried by what others might think. Unfortunately, those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.
I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone. There are other forces that can drive your life but all lead to the same dead end. Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, pretty, and pointless.
There are five benefits of living a purpose-driven life:
- Knowing Your Purpose Gives Meaning To Your Life: when life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable. Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope. God says, “I know the plans I have for you . . .i have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.”
- Knowing Your Purpose Simplifies Your Life: it 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. Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources. Purpose-driven living leads to simpler lifestyle and a saner schedule. It leads to peace of mind: “You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.”
- Knowing Your Purpose Focuses Your Life: it concentrates your effort and energy on what’s important. You become effective by being selective. With a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, or other external-hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. If you want to live a life of impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point? Paul said, “Let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.”
- Knowing Your Purpose Motivates Your Life: purpose always produce passion. Clear purpose gives energy. George Bernard Shaw wrote, “this is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will devote itself to making you happy”
- Knowing Your Purpose Prepares You For Eternity: Many people spend their live 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. What people fail to realize is that all achievements are eventually surpassed, records are broken, reputations fades, and tribute are forgotten. Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. You weren’t put here on earth to be remembered. You were out here to prepare for eternity.