Point to Ponder: Living with purpose is the only way to really live..
Question to Consider: When will I take the time to write down my answers to live’s five greatest questions? When will I put my purpose on paper?
Also, stay-tuned for a summary and concluding thoughts on 40 Days of Purpose, before I return to my regular bible study.
The goal is for it to provide answers about the center, character, contribution, communication, and community of my life. By doing this, we can follow in David’s footsteps by “serving God’s purposes in our generation.”
While I don’t put much “on paper”, I’ve certainly typed out a fair number of mission statements — some personal, others POGAs (Purpose, Objectives, Goals, Actions) as part of organizations. Here’s a few that are online:
Whew! To be sure, none of these are quite what Rick was asking for, though the Trinitarian Manifesto probably comes closest. My current focus is “manifesting Christ through Spiritual, Economic, and Political Transformation in California”, but that’s more of a mid-term (~10 years) objective than a Life Purpose. Still, I feel like these are sufficient articulations for now, especially since I’m increasingly part of larger communities that manifest those purposes.
Perhaps the best way to end this series is simply by quoting the founding purpose for our marriage, which I developed with the help of my favorite cousin, Vineet Kantayya. It is sewn onto our wedding quilt:
God’s Mercy, Forgiveness, and Love
Prayer: God, I thank you that you have called me for a purpose — for many purposes, actually. I thank you for the different ways you’ve revealed that to me in the past, as well as the ways I know you’ll make it clearer to me in the years ahead. Father, help me to live live radically centered on you and your truth, that I may accomplish your purposes for my generation, and bring you glory for generations to come. Thank you for Rick Warren and all those who helped bring the Purpose-Driven Life into my life. May this book and all who read it bear much fruit for your kingdom.
I ask all these things in name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord, who fulfilled your purpose for Him (and us) on the cross. May I do likewise. So be it!