Socrates said, "The unaware life is not worth living." Yet, that is the way most of us spend each day. By that I don't mean that we live a day without being in touch with reality. Rather, for most of us, we spend our days so much in touch with real life that we end up living unaware lives.
In my new book, Passion on Purpose, I challenge us as women to take a deep, long look at all the things we are so busy doing, and compare them to the things Jesus tells us to do. What I have found that if I don't take time to become aware of my life, I end up doing lots of important things, but not the things that are important to Jesus. My hope for this book is that it will help women think about their lives, become more purposeful in the way we are busy.
The idea of living a passion on purpose first knocked me into awareness in 1994. It was after a trip to Europe. The Berlin Wall had fallen and all everyone in Europe was talking about was the Euro. American media wasn't even covering the historical issue of common currency in Europe at that time. I wasn't a devout student of Revelation, but the signs were definitely pointing to the one world government I knew was prophesied in that book. I had to stop and ponder; What if Jesus were to come back in the year 2000? I wrote a list of things that I thought God would want me to be doing.
When I started writing the book, I found the scribbled notes I had written so many years ago. I was surprised to find that many of the items on my list matched with the study of God's word I was doing in order to write the book. It was very encouraging. Earlier this year I took the Tea Time For Your Soul readers through a Seven Part Series on those seven areas that Jesus rewards us for in our lives. How are you doing in each area? Is pleasing Jesus every a thought when you make plans for how to live your life?
Brennan Manning challenges us to think about our lives. He writes; "The paltriness of our lives is largely due to our fascination with the trinkets and trophies of the unreal world that is passing away. Sex, drugs, booze, the pursuit of money, pleasure and power, even a little religion, suppress the awareness of present risenness. Religious dabbling, worldly prestige, or temporary unconsciousness cannot conceal the terrifying absence of meaning in the church and in society, nor can fanaticism, cynicism, or indifference." (Brennan Manning, Abba's Child, Navpress, p. 120.)
Can I challenge you once again to consider these seven areas that please Jesus and ask you to become more aware of how your own life reflects His priorities.
- Jesus gives heavenly reward to those who use their financial resources for His kingdom (Matt. 6: 119-21).
- Jesus gives rewards for the spiritual disciplines we practice with the right motives (Matthew 5-8, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 1 Corinthians 4:5)
- Jesus gives rewards for standing up for your faith (Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23; Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).
- Jesus gives rewards for the way you treat others (Matthew 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23; Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).
- Jesus gives rewards for dedicating everything you do to glorify God (Colossians 3:23-25, Romans 12:1).
- Jesus gives rewards for keeping God's Word pure (2 Jon 7-8; Revelation 2-3).
- Jesus gives reward for being watchful for His return (2 timothy 4:8; Luke 12:35-48; Mark 13:32-37).
I hope that you live your life with passion on purpose.