Rick Warren has become a bit famous for his book Purpose Driven Life. ‘A bit’ may be understating it!
I don’t think I’m letting any cat out of the bag when I say the writing was adequate but not great, nor the concepts new or radical. That being said, Warren clearly hit a deep longing to matter beyond mere filling of a schedule. God is a God of purpose and as image bearers, we have purpose.
If you are reading this blog, I have a feeling that you are the kind of person who is more than willing to go the extra mile if it is needed. But there is nothing more deflating than staying up late and putting in extra time on a project that was supposedly vital to the mission of your company, family, or volunteer organization only to have it filed away, never referred to again.
Seriously?! Talk about a waste of time and swimming in futility.
Even so-called mindless work can be of value if it is has purpose.
Can you imagine a place where everything (EVERYTHING) you do is needed, wanted, helpful, appreciated, part of a larger story and made a difference.
When it’s put in those terms, I’m confronted again how very Eden Lost my world is. And I often miss it. I forget that I was made for purpose. True purpose that will never be classified as busy work.
We’re not there yet, but let’s remember, Eden and purpose were to be ours. And will be. Amen and amen.
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