Monday, May 17, 2010

How Do You Build a Purpose?

Sunset at Caesarea

“Stand up! I have chosen you to be my servant and my witness—you will tell people the things that you have seen and the things that I will show you. This is why I have come to you today.” Acts 26:16 (NCV)

Do you find your longing for a greater purpose and significance in life constantly being met by the realities of the routine of everyday living? It seems as if we are constantly ordering a scoop of mocha almond fudge, of mountain raspberry swirl parfait... and life keeps handing us vanilla. Vision vanishes... and sadly we tell ourselves that's the only way it can be. Many never become visionary because they expect it to pop full grown into their heads. Vision must be grown... it must be built.

You have to discover your purpose.

The foundation for vision is God given purpose. You take the first step towards building a vision when you say to yourself “God has a specific purpose for my life.” Your God given life purpose will include an excellence in your God given relationships and the exercise of your God given gifts. You may discover it suddenly as Paul did on a Damascus road, or the discovery may dawn on you slowly but no less brightly.

You have to dare to dream.

To dare to dream you must prepare to dream. We somehow get the idea that great things done in our world are done on the spur of the moment, an emotion overtakes us and we accomplish something wonderful. It takes time to dream! Paul spent 17 years in the desert after his vision of purpose, preparing. To dare to dream you must also share your dream. God's promptings are transformed into living purpose as we dare to share our dreams.

You have to focus with goals.

Goals are a means for making specific the purpose of God. One of our problems is that our faith never gets specific. “What am I going to do and when am I going to do it?” God given goals are actually statements of faith. By the way, the best goals always grow out of our worship.

Family Discussion Question: What goal for carrying out God’s purpose for your
life do you need to set, or to remind yourself of, today?

Listen! Sounds of Silas


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