Two weeks ago, I decided to read the book Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I only have it in .pdf format, which was given to me by a friend/co-worker, Jannah. As I read it day by day, realizations started pouring in and it opened my eyes to the love of our Father. It made me appreciate myself more because, I learned that we don’t really need to become perfect or righteous to become God’s friend/follower/helper.
I know I should’ve started posting on my first day. But anyway, better late than never!
I’ll start sharing the lessons I learn and the journey I make day by day.
THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE
Point to Ponder: God wants all of me.
Verse to Remember: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” -Mark 12:30
Question to Consider: Which is more pleasing to God right now-my public worship or my private worship? What will I do about this?
Years ago, I was an active church member at Mt. of Olives Full Gospel Blessed Church in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. I worshipped God both publicly and privately. These days, I haven’t been to church and I do my own worshipping at home, when I’m alone.
I guess the Lord is pleased when I praise Him and I worship Him in my room in the morning or in bed at night before I go to sleep, but He may be more pleased if I do it again out in the open where people can see I am truly His follower.
Doing my daily tasks with God in my mind and in my heart is what I should always do to make Him smile. That in everything I do, He will come first and I’ll do it for Him 100%. He may be happy with my 70% but He will be much happier with my 100%.
I didn’t use to understand why God wants to be praised and glorified. I was deceived by the enemy and made me believe that God was so selfish that He only forced people to praise Him because praising Him delights Him.
So one day, I closed my eyes and imagined this:
I’ve created small people (they kinda look like the creatures in the movie 9) and I feel so happy looking at them. My happiness overflows as my people do their thing, notice me, talk to me, and obey me. One of them does differently and complains a lot. This one does bad things to others and refuses to have a word with me. He never does what I ask of him and never respects me as his maker. Instead of being angry, I feel so sad that it makes me believe he doesn’t love me. And if he ever gets stuck in a difficult situation, I’ll pull him out and make things easy for him. He still refuses to love me. No matter what he does, I’ll always find a way to finally change his heart.
By imagining this, I then understood God’s situation. He is my Maker and by creating me, I should obey Him and trust Him. I should give my all, but I don’t need to be perfect. Because God loves me though I am not perfect.