Purpose

This is the true joy of life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

George Bernard Shaw, quoted in The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren (page 33 in the International Trade Paper Edition, 2002)

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One thought on “Purpose

  1. Hi Dave,

    This is an impressive and significant quote. Thanks for sharing it. The concept of our lives ‘being used up’ for any purpose is so foreign to our self-centred lifestyles here in the affluent west/first world. The idea that each day should be ‘used’ as though it is the high plateau of existence, rather than forever dreaming of the future – training, saving, planning for an ever greater utopia that never seems to come.

    I think it was CS Lewis that said that the greatest happiness is in discovering God’s will for you and then living each day in the centre of it … however unspectacular or ‘undesirable’ that life might appear in the eyes of this world. Happiness comes when we suddenly realise that we’re doing what we were created to do, and pleasing our Heavenly Father in doing so. Without this sense of purpose and destiny, we all flounder about searching for happiness, but never finding much. It amazes me how easily I am persuaded by the culture I live in that happiness is somehow linked to something I can save up for, buy and own.

    Peter.

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