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[box type=”default” size=”large”] I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy. Ecclesiastes (4:4) [/box]

In my column published a few issues ago, I discussed things with which we choose to inspire and motivate ourselves, as elucidated in Rick Warren’s book entitled The Purpose-Driven Life.

Following is a continuation of the discussion:   

Many people are driven by materialism. Their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their lives. This drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make them more happy, more important and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue. Possessions only provide temporary happiness. Because things do not change, we eventually become bored with them and then want newer, bigger, better versions.

It’s also a myth that if I get more, I will be more important. Self-worth and net worth are not same. Your value is not determined by your valuables, and God says the most valuable things in life are not things!

The most common myth about money is that having more will make me more secure. It won’t. Wealth can be lost instantly through a variety of uncontrollable factors. Real security can be found only in one thing that can never be taken from you — your relationship with God.

Many people are driven by the need for approval. They allow the expectations of parents or spouses or children or teachers or friends to control their lives. Many adults are still trying to earn the approval of unappeasable parents. Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried by what others might think. Unfortunately, those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.

I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone. Being controlled by the opinions of others is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purposes for your life. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters.”

There are other forces that can drive your life but all lead to the same dead end: unused potential, unnecessary potential, unnecessary stress, and an unfulfilled life.

A purpose-driven life is life that is guided, controlled and directed by God’s purposes. Nothing matters more than knowing God’s purposes for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them—not success, wealth, fame or pleasure. Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason. Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless.

With thanks to Rick Warren for his nuggets of wisdom, I wish that you all take the time to reflect upon your life and allow his—and His—words to be the shining guide with which we journey along.