Purpose and direction

While we all aspire to living a life of meaning and purpose – and preferably one of pleasure – I find that it’s really easy to get lost in the grind. After finding (and flicking through) Rick Warren’s book a few weeks ago, I just came across a summary of some of his ideas. Rick’s a very spiritual guy – a Christian preacher etc – who happened to sell 15 million copies of his last book, basically overnight!

What would you do if you were given $1,000,000?

Well, Rick had to directly answer the question of what he’d do if he was given $10m or $20m or whatever – and more power to him! His answer was that life is preparation for eternity, so he and his wife didn’t make any major purchases, and instead stopped taking a salary and repaid the salary that he had received over his career. Now he serves freely…

To paraphrase: Are you going to live a life for possessions? Popularity? Pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or are you going to be driven by your own purposes? Since I read my grandfather’s copy of The Fountainhead I have seen virtue in being internally directed and motivated; psychology, philosophy and spirituality point us towards happiness through living our own life rather than being manipulated by externalities.

As the Merovingian said: What is your purpose?

One comment on “Purpose and direction

  1. I am glad you mentioned Rick Warren and his book “The Purpose Driven Life”. This book sets down the ideals and principles of living within a Christian lifestyle as well as promoting a greater understanding of God and our purpose and direction to him. I was given this book from the church after I first become a member and it offers a lot of drive and motivation. You are indeed right in that this book focuses on who we are and our connection with God rather than on the unhappiness associated with material possessions and the other influences in today’s world. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand our place in the world and our of our connection with our all loving God. In answer to your question I would much rather a life of understanding God than a life full of material possessions and unhappiness. It is good to know that you are a good Christian Dan as well. Keep up the good work with your postings and thoughts.

    Thank you kindly

    Garry

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