If you’ve ever had a conversation with me about something going on in your life (or something going on in mine, for that matter), chances are we’ve talked about the purpose behind something.
In grade school, we learn to write 5 paragraph essays. The first paragraph is the intro which includes the ever important thesis statement. The middle 3 paragraphs are your body and the final paragraph concludes the essay.
In the short time I’ve spent studying journalism I’ve learned to write articles with a lead sentence. A lead is the journalist’s thesis. The lead statement is the key point of what you want to express in the article that you are writing.
At the DRIVE Conference in Atlanta that I attended a couple months ago, I learned that every ministry ‘experience’ (a service, event, etc) should have a defined ‘win’. The ‘win’ is how our team can measure the success of a given event.
Notice the recurring theme in these three examples: life is driven by purpose.
Chances are you don’t spend much time thinking about the purpose, or motive, behind the things you do every day. In many things, the purpose is simple and does not require much consideration or thought.
For example, say you decide to purchase some gas. Why? Because the tank is empty and you need to fill it up in order to continue operating the vehicle.
As you might have guessed, there are also many significant things that we do in our lives without examining the purpose! I find this to be the root of many conflicts in relationships and failures in achievement.
Take a look at Proverbs 20:5
“The purposes of the human heart are deep waters, but those who have insight, draw them out.”
So as you spend the rest of the day making decisions that affect others and yourself, search your heart and draw out your purpose. If your purpose does not come from and glorify our God – re-evaluate and make the right choice.