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.

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