The Purpose Driven Life: A Test and A Trust and Our Five Deepest Needs


Over the years, I have deliberately made it a habit to re-read books that were not only well-written but also tremendously helped me to stay motivated and inspired.

One of these book is the "Purpose Driven Life" written by Rick Warren. The first time I read it, in its original cover, was in high school when a stranger gave this book as a gift to my sister during one of her commute to the office.The second was in College, and re-read it after graduating but this time with the new cover and foreword because I bought my personal copy. I did read it last year too and then re-visited this year on mid-June finishing it last July.

Being that it's a bestseller with over 30 million copies sold, I won't be surprised if you have heard about it, saw it featured in a book store, or have read it personally. I'd like to make myself clear, however, that this post is not intended to be a review rather it's about ideas and biblical truths which impacted me on a level so deep it changed my perceptions. 

"Knowing your purpose motivates your life. Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose." You and I had a time in our lives when life seems dull, full of activities but not really going anywhere, like a hamster running on its wheel. Not only once did we asked nor it crossed our mind if there's more to life than passive emotional defeat, unanswered questions, untapped potential, and the frustration of not being where and who we wanted to be.

"What is your life?" The answer to this question was explored by Rick Warren through observation, digging deep into the Word of God, examining the desires and motives of other people, studying norms and lore, and interpreting history in different angles. Realizing ultimately that "the way you see your life shapes your life."

Much has been written about time management and learning its art of leverage. Most self-help books tells us to be as efficient as possible but with a frail sense of value. Today's productivity and time management systems were so effective in making us believe that squeezing more tasks in our to-do list is the best way to determine our productivity, indirectly telling us that quantity is more important than quality. The PDL book explains vividly that "your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships."


Encouragingly, it also tackled how "character is both developed and revealed by tests." One of the best example of these tests were about handling our finances. "Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and a trust from God. God uses finances to teach us to trust him, and for many people, money is the greatest test of all. God watches how we use money to test how trustworthy we are." Most people interpret money as evil, but the Bible clearly says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And to give my two cents about this, I think that this love of money enslaved us instead of the other way around. "Life is a test and a trust, and the more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be."

The quintessence of this book was in finding your purpose in a holistic approach and suggests to arrive into a conclusion that "God deeply loves you and desire your love in return. He longs for you to know him and spend time with him."

In today's information overload, the exposure and broadening understanding of religious differences; it's ironically easy to fall into the pit of forgetful amity with our beliefs. Because not only that it breeds contempt but "familiarity also breeds complacency." Rick Warren reminds us to contemplate and know thy self by deeply searching the purpose of our lives and examining our hidden motives.

In our attempt to find our purpose in life, we need to consciously make an effort to scrutinize ourselves and give an honest account of our deliberation. "The importance of things can be measured by how much time we are willing to invest in them. The more time you give to something, the more you reveal its importance and value to you. If you want to know a person's priorities, just look at how they use their time."

Once we are willing to make a personal inventory, the PDL book intends to help us find the answer to our "five deepest needs: a purpose to live for, people to live with, principles to live by, a profession to live out, and power to live on."

The moment we found answers in our contemplation we then must be quick to pursue the path of changing our minds. "To change your life, you must change the way you think. Behind everything you do is a thought. Every behavior  is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude. Change always starts first in your mind. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act." I have expounded this in my previous posts "What Makes Our Thoughts Powerful and Sometimes Dangerous?" and "These Can Elevate You To Success Or Draw You Deep To Failure!"

In your walk into the path of a purpose driven life, it helps to remember that "only you can be you" and that "God put you where you are for a purpose." In this life-changing journey, "at some point... you must decide whether you want to impress people or influence people." To "live for an audience of one."

I hope you have been blessed by this post. If you haven't read the book, may I suggest you do so? It may have the answers you've been looking for a long time.

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