Sunday, February 4, 2018

Purpose Driven Life - The Beginning

The Purpose Driven Life - Book

A Purpose Driven Life

When I turned 40, I wanted to do something different spiritually.  Something I hadn't done before. 40 is a significant number in the Bible.  It rained 40 days for Noah.  Jesus fasted for 40 days.  Moses was 40 when he was called out into the desert.  I wanted my 40th year to be significant in some way as well.

 I have always been curious about my purpose and what God's plan was for me, so I thought it would be interesting to go through the 40 chapters in Rick Warren's book 'A Purpose Driven Life' over the course of my 40th year and journal about them.

God did a bit of work on His end to get me a copy of the book.  A God wink.  Here's that story....

Buying Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life

I was in SuperStore browsing while the family was shopping and I happened upon the book.  It was supposed to be 25% off!  'How fortuitous!' I thought to myself.  I went to a self-checkout and it unfortunately needed an 'override' by a manager.  My family had already paid for their things and were waiting for me.  I got the override and paid, but as soon as I got my change I realized I didn't get the 25% off.  So I asked the self-checkout 'supervisor' and she told me to go to Customer Service.

Have you ever been to customer service in SuperStore on Boxing Day?  Its like America's Black Friday only its on the day after Christmas in Canada.

Anyway,  I waited in line and an alarm in Customer Service went off.  The lady kept working.  This alarm kept going for quite some time - it was enough to drive a person up a wall.  Finally, someone turned it off and it was my turn.  I explained my situation to the lady (there was only one lady in customer service, by the way) and she said they needed to do a price check.  Two guys went to check the price and they were gone a long time.  While they were gone, the alarm went off again.  When they came back they said they couldn't find the book.  Sigh.  I went with them myself to show them where it was.  Finally, when I got back and proved my point they gave me 25% off PLUS another $10 off because the store had a policy of giving the customer $10 when an item 'rang in' wrong.  So a lesson in patience allowed me to pay only $5 for a new copy of The Purpose Driven Life.  Almost a belated Christmas gift!

Since going through the book at 40, I've actually read and journaled through the entire 40 chapters again when I was 45.  I'll blog one post per chapter (40 blog posts), each with my thoughts when I was 40 and 45 years old, respectively.

Here we go...
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose
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