Thursday, July 07, 2005

Purpose Driven Life

Last Friday, I took off work and decided to do some shopping and go see a movie. On my way to the mall, I decided to go to my favorite Christian Store. I didn't know what I was going to buy, but I wanted something inspirational. Fasting had me a little light headed. For some strange reason, I decided to call Potential (who I haven't spoken to in a month) and asked for a book suggestion. I've been reading the MisEducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson and it's a deep book that can bring a brother down with reality. So, I wanted something to read, like an inspirational Christian story.

He suggested to buy, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. At first I was a little taken aback from the title. I thought about how I have goals and a purpose. And Potential after getting to know me, should already know this! After finding the book, I wanted to read the first couple of lines.

It reads:




It's not about you.
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.


Whoa, Can I get an Amen? Amen. So yes, I bought the book and the journal. Before entering the mall, I sat in my car (it was hot out!) and read the introduction and the first chapter. I was brought to tears because at that very moment, I just entered a New Level of MY SPIRITUALITY! It is not a self-help book. Purpose Driven Life "is a guide to a 40-day spiritual journey that will enable you to discover the answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for?"


It seems as if for a long time I was singing the Mya f/Sisco song, "It's all about me." Thinking... It's all about what I want to do, about what I want to be, about where I wanna go. But, in all actuality it's not all about me.




On day three, the lines that struck me like a strip of lightning 26 times (Like in War of the Worlds) was:


Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time , and use your resources. You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood at that moment. People who don't know their purpose try to do too much-- and that causes stress, fatigue and conflict.
It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God's will. If you can't get it all done., it means you're trying to do more than God intended for you to do ( or, possibly, that you're watching too much television.)/span>


That's it, I watch too much television, LOL. I've been acting like I'm some kind of Super Smiling. But, I'm not... I'm just a young black man in search of what purpose God has for him. So, I'll have my purpose driven life.
The 7-day fast was tough, but it brought forth some clarity. The first couple of days, I was in deep thought and emotional from analyzing my entire being. On Sunday, I was blessed with a scripture that I needed. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11). From the 7-day fast to purchasing the book, then from hearing the scripture on the radio as I ironed my clothes for church to pastor preaching about the same scripture.... All I could hear was Margaret Avery singing from the Color Purple, "Gods Tryna Tell You Something." And right now, I'm listening!

12 Comments:

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Grae said...

Maybe your purpose is potential...
All relationships end up at the comfortable level eventually...so just skip the lust shit and settle into comfort with Potential.
And when you do...tape it and mail it to me...I like to watch!!

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Quaheem said...

Amen!!

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger Rahshek said...

Thank you for taking me there today. Amen to that. I must go out and purchase this book, not only for myself but some a couple of people dear to me.

Keep smiling, because you certainly made me smile today with this post.

 
At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you've taken an interest in the book. Don't skip ahead (although it's hard not to). You need to do one day at a time!

Let met warn you - you're on a spiritual high right now. You've just smoked a spiritual blunt and you're experiencing the pleasures. Please be aware, Satan doesn't like that. The reason is because when you're on a spiritual high, you're dangerous in a worldy sense. Satan doesn't like that cuz you're dangerous to him and his tactics.

Soak up Psalms 23 and pray Psalms 121 for protection.

-Potential

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger The Divo said...

Brotha,

If you are about to go there, with that book, Hold on. Take my AIM and lets go through it together. Cause I am sure in the mood to read it and read it for clarity this time. That book has been sitting on my bookshelf for the last 2 years collecting dust, while I have collected the checks from my last read,(Prayer of Jabez).

Smiling I am so serious. Let me know if you are taking this journey we may be able to do it together.

Finally, Whew,

As always in Parting,

I came in Peace and in Peace I leave.

Peace is feeling sooooo Goood Today.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger PISTACHIO JOE said...

this is crazy, cause this was the topic of my blog today. strap on your seat belt cause it's deeper, yet it makes so much sense.

good luck on your journey brother

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Emobro said...

This is tooo funny! I swaer I brought that book last night. A buddy of mine in Detroit told me to buy it. I haven't started reading it yet- but got it on my sofa waiting for me

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger SmilingOnThaDL said...

I swear to goodness! God works in mysterious ways! Emobro... can I please get an e-mail!

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Trent Jackson said...

I so appreciate this post.
It has to be humbling and eye opening to read a book like this one. As people we think that we have our goals outlined and we know what we want to do...but when it all comes down to it we dont-and we always need help to make decisions.

I want to get this book since i am in the mood for reading...

And when God wants us to know something, I'm pretty sure you already know-he knows how to get our attention.

Keep us posted, we're all listening too...

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger No4real4real said...

Take it day by day. I am off to check it out myself.

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger lj said...

goin to Barnes and Noble after work today...Thanks

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger The LoveHater said...

Now that makes a brotha go "hmmm...?"

 

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