39. Balancing Your Life


This book is all about God's purpose for your life. If you are serious about staying on track, you will need to develop these habits:

Talk it through with a spiritual partner or small group.
The best way to internalize the principles in this book is to discuss them with others in a small-group setting. We learn best in community. Our minds are sharpened and our convictions are deepened through conversation. I strongly urge you to gather a small group of friends and form a Purpose-Driven Life Reading Group to review these chapters on a weekly basis. You can pray for, encourage, and support each other as you begin to live out these purposes.

Give yourself a regular spiritual check-up.
The best way to balance the purposes in your life is to evaluate yourself periodically. The Bible says, "Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith”.

Write down your progress in a journal.
Keep a spiritual journal; a record of the life lessons you don't want to forget. Writing helps clarify what God is doing in your life. Don't just write down the pleasant things. You owe it to future generations to preserve the testimony of how God helped you fulfill his purposes on earth.

Pass on what you know to others.
If you want to keep growing, the best way to learn more is to pass on what you have already learned. It's your duty to pass it on to others. You probably know hundreds of people who do not know the purpose of life. God expects you to use your knowledge to help others. Knowledge increases responsibility. But passing along the purpose of life is more than an obligation; it's one of life's greatest privileges.

It’s all for God’s glory.
The reason we pass on what we learn is for the glory of God and the growth of His kingdom. Jesus modeled a purpose-driven life, and He taught others how to live it, too. Today God calls each of us to the same work. God wants us to introduce people to Christ, bring them into his fellowship.


Question to Consider:
Which of the four activities will I begin in order to stay on track and balance God's five purposes for my life?


Verse to Remember:
Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do.

Ephesians 5:15