Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Friday, July 10, 2009

7 Ways we are thrown of course

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Now that we have our life purpose and big goals in front of us, we will have a tendency to drift from them as a result of various problems and distractions. Much like a ship at sea or plane in the air, the turbulence of life will throw us off course.

Here is a list of possible life distractions that throw us off course from what God has designed for our lives:
  1. Sin. I would say this is the number one area in life that will cause us to stumble and fall in accomplishing God's Big Idea for our life.
  2. Idols. No, I'm not talking about the worship of gods of wood and stone, but anything that we have allowed in our life to take a priority over God Himself. These idols could be anything from money, business, career, hobbies, or family.
  3. Family. Not everyone in your immediate or extended family will be enthusiastic with your life's mission. Under the guise of good intentions, they will attempt to talk you out of it, or worse yet, sabotage you.
  4. Friends. Just as our family will try to talk us out of God's plan, so to will our friends that don't understand our mission.
  5. Work. We all have to make a living, right? If our life purpose is not currently interconnected with our work responsibilities, we will have the tendency to allow the stress and pressure of the workplace to consume our time and thoughts, taking our focus off of God's purpose for us.
  6. Daily living. We all have stuff to accomplish during the day. There are errands to run, sports games to attend, grass that needs mowing, and life to be lived.
  7. Good opportunities. From time to time, we are all presented with various opportunities that on the surface seem good and right to pursue. We must be cautious to filter each opportunity through our life's Big Idea.
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  1. I agree with these points, but would also bring to the forefront the necessity to review our "Big Idea" constantly against scripture and God's purpose and design for us. For example, if you are husband your duties must include living your life for your wife as Christ lived, died, and continues to live his life for the church. Many things are involved in the design and purpose and even though it might be a biblical idea, it can still go against scripture if you are not in obedience in all areas in your life.

  2. Hey, Sam.

    I completely agree with what you state in your comments; you just beat me to the punch! I blogged about this in today's post: