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Reflections on “The Purpose Driven Life” book

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***It was three years when I read this phenomenal book. I remembered, it was so popular when I was in high school but was not interested in reading it. I deeply believe that destiny plays a role on the timing of reading a book in a particular phase of a person’s life. The following paragraphs follow some of my journal entries during the time I was reading “The Purpose Driven Life”. The book was written by Rick Warren. I want to look back on these reflections even years after that’s why I am posting it.

July 7, 2012

I have a lot of things I learned today. I noticed that the topic of the chapter of the book, The Purpose Driven Life that I’m reading is applicable to an emotion, feeling, and/ or frustration for the day. Tonight, I read chapter 28, and its title is “It takes time”. It says there that growth is gradual. Before we could be the best of who we are and the best of what God has planned us to become, we have to undergo some or lots of hardships, pain, struggle, hurt and sufferings. And in the previous chapters, I learned that we should thank the Lord “in” all circumstances and not “for” all circumstances. Because no one wants to be grateful because he/she is suffering. Thankful “in” all circumstances because this will shape us, mold us and we will become an improved version of who we really are. Then our character will be developed. I will always remember this, “Character is the sum of all our habits.”

July 22, 2012

I wasn’t able to blog for the past months since I started reading the book, The Purpose Driven Life. I was absorbing and reflecting on myself everything I learned with each chapter of the book. My 40-day journey ended last July 19, 2012. In the book, I learned what God wants me to do, why he brought me into this earth. He wants a personal and deep relationship with Him, to talk to Him after, to trust, and to love Him with all my mind, strength, heart and soul. He wants me to be Christ. In a way that when others look and communicate with me, they should be able to see Christ’s characteristic in me. It’s hard, but I’m trying. He wants us to use this life to glorify Him through fellowship, worship and service. He wants us to find a specific ministry based on our SHAPE: Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences. One phrase I clearly remember, “If there’ll be just one person who’ll be in heaven because of you, you have served you purpose and your life has served its best.” I have learned to trust Him completely. My spiritual journey had come a long way. But it is a lifelong process, an everyday discovery and learning.

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