July 20

Purpose:  Following God’s direction

       So you may be wondering, “How can I follow God’s direction?”

       It’s not complicated.  It’s the natural outcome of surrendering to God’s will.  When you surrender to God’s will, you let go of your own illusions.  You let go of your own limitations about who you think you are.  You suddenly realize that your power comes from God.  (You’ve certainly proven to yourself that you are powerless.)

       God’s will for you is to experience more power, more freedom, more joy!  So, make choices that will allow you to know God’s power, freedom and joy!  There are no rules!  The only “boundaries” are the ones that you create in order to stay sober.

       And knowing God’s will is like having a “lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”  (Psalm 119:105)  The ‘lamp at your feet’ gives you confidence to take the next step, while the ‘light to your path’ gives you a sense of direction.     

       Having a purpose isn’t knowing the outcome; it’s knowing the joy of making small steps in the right direction.  It’s knowing that you are making the journey by taking decisive action one step at a time, one day at a time.  Joy isn’t found in the destination; it’s realized in the journey.  And having a purpose allows you to take this journey by faith, and to experience God’s joy along the way.

       If you have prayed and asked God for direction, you will not receive any direction until by faith you take that first step.  It is in the doing that confirmation is given.  After you have stepped out in faith and God has confirmed in your heart that your life has begun to move in the right direction, you will know God’s joy.

       Joy is in the journey.  It’s getting in the game, not sitting on the sidelines watching other people play.  There’s no joy is watching other people try and fail, and then laughing to yourself that they were ‘foolish’ enough to even try.  A cynic will never know any joy because there is no doing, no trying, no participation.

       The saddest people in the world are the ones who are naval-gazers, those who spend all their time in introspection.  Artists and musicians are the worse offenders, and I should know – I am one of them.  We tend to over analyze every thing, and fall into the worst kind of narcissism. Consequently artists love to commit suicide, while musicians get addicted (another slow form of death). 

       Of course, I’m talking in gross generalities, but the point is:  If you want to know purpose and joy in your life, you are going to have to get with the program –  and get in the game.  The happiest people are the ones making a contribution in the world.  The saddest ones are aware of the problem but make no effort to improve the world.

 Tomorrow’s topic – Purpose:  Discovery & Adventure