Purpose: Why Do I Exist?
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.
Westminster Confession of Faith
- Achieving goals becomes an unrelated string of hollow victories,
increasingly frustrating as more and more is achieved.
- The problem with goals is that you have to keep setting new ones
because achieving them doesn't provide lasting satisfaction.
- The fleeting satisfaction of a met goal begs the question, "Is
there something bigger for my life than the routine of setting and
Identity Versus Purpose
- Identity answers the question, "Who am I?" We derive identity
from understanding our relationship with God.
- Purpose answers the question, "Why do I exist?" The only purposes
that will survive are the ones linked to God.
Goals Versus Purpose
- Goals are near-term; whether or not they can be met can be
- Purpose reflects our examination of life's larger meaning.
- Goals are what we do. Purpose is why we do what we do.
Eternal Purpose Versus Earthly Purpose
- God's eternal purpose for us is to seek His kingdom, by which we
enjoy Him forever.
- His earthly purpose for us is to seek His righteousness, by which
we glorify Him.
- There is a sense in which all men are alike, God gives all men the
same universal earthly purpose:
- What we are to be (character).
- What we are to do (conduct).
- There is a sense in which each of us is unique, God gives each of
us a specific call on our lives -- personal earthly
purpose. A Life Purpose Statement encompasses what you
discover as God's personal earthly purpose for your life.
Begin to sketch out a purpose statement for your life.
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