What I gleaned from reading Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life....

What on earth am I here for?

It is a question many people ask. I am sharing the nuggets I took from the book hoping to inspire you to read it and discover your purpose here on earth. In the coming months I will drill down and fine tune my ministries and missions. It is an exciting time in our lives, especially because we have a child on the way. Some items on this list may speak to you, and others are still in the book for you to discover. So here they are in no particular order:

Focus on what matters most.

God made us so he could love us.

Does this particular activity help me fulfill one of the purposes of my life?

Use the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships and resources he gives me.

Relationships and character are far more important than fame, wealth, and achievements or even fun.

Bringing enjoyment to God, living for His pleasure is the first purpose of your life.

Worship is to bring pleasure to God.

Work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God.

Learning to love God and be loved by Him is our greatest objective in life.

Obedience unlocks understanding.

Church is designed to help you discover, develop and use your gifts.

My five purposes: Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry and Evangelism.

Speak the truth in love.

Do not criticize, compare or judge others.

Move ahead in your weakness. Do the right thing in spite of your fears or feelings.

Serving others with our God given abilities is serving God.

Get involved with more serving experiences instead of bible studies.

Recognize the emotional heartbeat that races when we think about subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest us.

Use your natural interests to serve Him and others.

God wants you to serve him passionately, not dutifully.

First sign of finding your ministry is enthusiasm.

You do it for enjoyment.

You don’t need applause or payment because you love doing it.

The average person has at least 500 skills and abilities.

Whatever you’re good at, you should be doing at the church.

Spiritual gifts and abilities are always confirmed by others.

Don’t try to figure out your gifts before serving. Experiment with different ministries to discover gifts.

Keep a spiritual journal with experiences we have learned from. Write down your doubts, fears and struggles with God.

Take advantage of every training opportunity to develop your SHAPE and skills.

Your ministry is service to believers. Your mission is your service to unbelievers.

You must warn them so that they may live.

Pray: God help me do what you are blessing.

He cares most about the redemption of the people He made.

Develop a purpose statement for my life and review it regularly.

Who do I desire to help the most?

You cannot fulfill God’s purpose if you envy the lives of others.

You are as happy as you choose to be.

Encouragement is essential to your spiritual health and development…Join a small group.

Value God’s opinion more than anyone else’s.

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