Sunday, April 6, 2008

Purpose Driven Life Day 6: Life IS a Temporary Assignment

When I first read the title for day six of Purpose Driven Life, I thought duh? We live, we die--no big surprise there. Then as I read on, I started to understand what Rick Warren was talking about; although, I do not necessarily agree with everything.

Warren emphasized that we should remember that 1. earth is only our temporary home, and 2. that compared to forever, our life is just a feather in the wind. Therefore, we need to be aware of this and that will allow us to adjust how we live. I totally agree with that because until recently, I was caught up with being successful according to the world's standards and that means the possessions you have and how much money a person has. Now, don't get me wrong, I still want to live my life comfortably and make money; however, the lust for money and material things is ebbing somewhat.

Still, the biggest thing I took away from this chapter was the idea that we will never completely be satisfied while living here because this is not our final home. Our eternal home is in heaven, so Warren says that "In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life--longing that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity. We're not completely happy here because we're not supposed to be!"

I agree to an extent. Sometimes I do feel as though there is something wrong with me because there are times when everything in my life is great, but I am still not completely happy and still have a longing. This does help me understand those feelings. However, I believe that if we are aware of the aforementioned points and we are living our life for God's purpose that we can achieve happiness. Of course, we will always want to be in heaven with God but we will be happy and fullfilled knowing that we are here doing His will and working for Him. Paul is a good example of both sides I believe.

Prayer
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. 6Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth , not knowing who will get it. 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. 8Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools. ~Psalms 39:5-8
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