Thoughts on “The Purpose Driven Life”


About a week ago, my friend “L” and I began reading a chapter in this book every day.  This book is soul-searching.  I feel like I have been to a psychiatrist or something.

Chapter 3 is very thought-provoking.  The question covered is, “What drives your life?”  Warren talks about the five most common things that can drive your whole life:

  1. guilt
  2. resentment and anger
  3. fear
  4. materialism
  5. the need for approval

In the same chapter Warren discusses the benefits of purpose-driven living.

  1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
  2. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life.
  3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life.
  4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life.
  5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.

At the end of chapter 3, when writing about the last benefit, the author says,  “One day you will stand before God, and he will do an audit of your life, a final exam, before you enter eternity……. From the Bible we can surmise that God will ask us two crucial questions:

  1. What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?
  2. What did you do with what I gave you?”

This chapter has stuck in my head for the past few days.  I realize that life can be simpler and less stressful when thinking of what’s really important-what have I done with and for God?

There is a quote by C.S. Lewis in Chapter 4 that says, “There are two kinds of people:  those who say to God ‘Thy will be done’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right then, have it your way.’ ”  I had to laugh at this because of the McDonald’s slogan.  People are really like that!  They want to tell God exactly what they want in their life like a fast food order.

This is the same guy that prayed before Obama was inaugurated.  I loved his prayer.  He spoke every word with passion, like he meant it.  I want to share this video from YouTube with you.

Well, on to Chapter 5!

4 thoughts on “Thoughts on “The Purpose Driven Life”

  1. Hope those storms didn’t affect you too bad.

    We did this book as part of our small group. Interesting read. I have a hard time liking Rick Warren, but I did like the book.

  2. Christopher, The book and prayer are my only links to Rick Warren. Your reply has made me curious about his biography. You know what is so sad? When I was browsing over the comments of the YouTube video of the inaugural prayer, there were so many angry insults about God and Christianity. People really do have beliefs SO totally opposite from mine. Check them out if you will. But I want to make my comment: there IS a heaven and hell, and God really exists, and there IS coming a day!!!!

    I hope everything is alright with you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I just checked out this video and realized that it has been removed. Sorry!!! Christopher, I guess you can’t check out the comments on it now.

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