Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday’s Meditation: A Boss Your Heart Message

Thank you, Kirsten Walkup, for today’s message:

In order for a business, church, organization, family, or individual to be successful, they must first know exactly what their purpose is.

A good example of this is the IRS. Like them or not, they know their purpose for existing. In the 1976 IRS Handbook it states: "During a state of national emergency resulting from enemy attack, the essential functions of the Service will be as follows: assessing, collecting, and recording taxes." So while everyone panics, they'll be about doing what they always do—taking our money. They know their purpose.

If I were to ask fifty different people, "What is your purpose in life?" I would probably get several different answers. "Be a good wife or husband, be a good mother or father, provide for my family, do my job, be a good doctor, teacher, salesman, and so on." Those answers would be good, but they are all secondary purposes. The question is what is your primary purpose in life? In other words, what is your reason for living? Everything in creation has a primary purpose, or a reason for existing. For anyone or anything to be successful, it must fulfill that purpose.

Here's an easy question. What is the primary purpose of an ink pen? The answer, of course, is to write. A $500 solid-gold Cross Pen that is out of ink may be pretty to look at, but it is a failure as a pen; it is not fulfilling its purpose. It is useless. When it comes time to endorse your paycheck you'll bypass the gold pen, and use a 29¢ Bic that works.

Just as a pen has a primary purpose, every individual that God has created has a primary purpose. Our lives will be without meaning--we'll be failures--unless we find out what is our purpose—our reason for living. Paul stated his reason for living...

(v. 10-11) I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing his sufferings, becoming like him in death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Paul is saying "I want to know Christ so that I may be like Him." Simply put, Paul's reason for living was to be like Jesus. This is our reason for living, also.

Orison Swett Marden said "There's no grander sight in the world than that of a person fired with a great purpose, dominated by one unwavering aim."

The heart of man is a wavering thing that in its nature is dominated and governed by passions of the moment. If we allow those temporal desires to set the direction for our lives, we’ll find that we have no real purpose or meaning. Instead our existence will be hollow and without direction. That’s why we boss our heart and give it direction, instead of taking orders from our baser dispositions.

Boss your heart!

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