Ecclesiastics 4:4 says, “I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy.”
The dictionary defines the word “drives” as to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force or compulsion; to cause or guide the movement of; to convey in a vehicle
So, what expels you, or causes you to move by force or compulsion? Is it the painful memory of your past? Maybe it’s fear of the unknown. Or could it that you don’t believe in yourself, or could it be you don’t believe God choose you for the job. Whatever it may be, nothing can compensate for knowing God’s purpose for your life. Nothing can compensate for living in your purpose.
Here are 5 of the most common reasons for that drive people.
Allowing your past to control your future is nothing more than talking yourself into believing that your past is what you will always be, and nothing else. People controlled by guilt often times sabotage their own future, and negating God’s blessing.
Many people are driven by resentment and anger, “Festering Wounds Are Dangerous“. Instead of releasing the pain through forgiveness, they rehearse it in their minds until it controls them.
In addition, resentment and anger never really hurts anyone but the person who continues to allow the pain to simmer in your heart, and mind. The only way for that person to continue to hurt you, is by “Dock Your Wounds. Your past is the past! Learn from it! Let it go! Move on! You only hurt yourself when you focus on the past.
Is nothing more then “false evidence appearing real,” and most times we inflict it upon ourselves. There are times when fear may be the result of a traumatic event, or genetic disorder; but most times, fear derives from unrealistic expectation. Whatever the root cause of the fear may be, most people miss great opportunities because of fear. Learn to move against your fear.
Determining your self worth by the value of your possession always determines to nothing. Material things or temporary, and the least expensive. On the other hand, your relationship with God is priceless because no man can take that away from you.
Need for Approval
Allowing the expectation of your parents, friends, and other people around you to write a book about your future is crazy, but it happens every day.
However, the good side to all this is:
- Knowing your purpose give meaning to your life
- Knowing your purpose simplifies your life
- Knowing your purpose focuses your life
- Knowing your purpose motivate your life
- Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity
One day each of us must stand before God and answer two question,
- What did you do with my son, Jesus Christ?
- What did you do with what I gave you?
So think about it and let me know, what drives you.
Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren