What drives our lives?
The answer depends on how we look at life.
Life is driven by many things in this world. Driven means to be guided or to be led. Since we live in different environments, the concept of what drives our lives differ in many things.
If we grew up in a material world, then our lives is driven by desire of material things. People desire of material things as their goal in life. They are never satisfied unless they get what they want. Once they get what they want, still they want more. It is a never ending process. We know that material things provide happiness, but not real happiness. It is only temporary because things don’t change. We get bored even we get what we want, and we want something bigger and better.
If we grew up in a fast paced world, then we value time so much in our lives.These kind of people always rush. They think time as the most precious in the world. They hate to be slowed down. They like instant things, like instant food, instant drinks, instant relationships and even instant salvation. Since they are always on the run, they often forget things which are really important in life and that is, having a true relationship with the Creator.
What really drives our lives?
If our lives are driven by something, then most probably we have a goal in life. Our goal will depend on what drives us. If our goal is clear to us, it will give meaning to our lives.
If we know the purpose of our existence in this world – that is, to know and do the will of God, then we found what we are really looking for in this life. All we have to do is to be what God wants us to be. The Bible says, the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments
Ecc 12:13-14 – “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
If our goal is to keep God’s will and commandments, then we found the true meaning of life. Having this goal, we can bear almost anything and without it, nothing is bearable. People who have found their purpose in life do not loose hope in anyway. Even if they were tested with the many sufferings and trials of life, they put their trust in God, and this is because they are driven by a goal, to be with the Creator- God.
Look at the many characters in the Old Testament, people like Job and the rest did not loose hope amidst the many burdens they encounter in life.
Having a goal is important in making life as simple as it is. With out a goal, everything will be complex, things will be complicated because we don’t know where to start, we don’t know where to go, we don’t know what to think, plan and say.
Having known the purpose of God in our lives help us to live our lives more simply because our goal helps us define what we will do and what we will not do. It evaluates things and activities we do.If we don’t have a purpose, there will be no allocations of time, there will be no peace of time.
Another thing in having a goal in life is that it helps us focus more in what we should do in life. people keep on changing directions because they don’t really know what they want and this makes them unhappy about life. They feel emptiness inside and out. If we focus on serving the Lord God, then we can do many things. Look at how many servants of God in the Bible did in the past, Paul single-handedly preached the Gospel to many gentile places, all were governed by teh mighty Roman Empire.
How did Paul do it?
Paul did it because his goal is very clear to him. He know he was chosen to be an apostle and a vessel to bear the name of God and preach His words. Act 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
Having known clearly his goals, it energizes him and did the things somehow impossible for an ordinary person, but through the help and power of God, he achieved everything and performed until he achieved his goals and purpose. 2Ti 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
God gives peace to those who keep their purpose. Isa 26:3 You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.