The girl’s Mother thought for a moment and said “l think it’s because it adds to the flavor by allowing the meat to better absorb the spices, but maybe you should go ask your grandmother, because she always did it that way. ” So the little girl went to her grandmother and asked “Grandma, why do you and Mom cut the ends off the meat before you cook it? ‘ Her grandmother thought for a moment and said “I think it allows the meat to stay tender because it soaks up the juices better, but why don’t you ask your Nana, because I learned it from her and she always did it that way.The little girl, getting a little frustrated, goes to her great grandmother, climbs up on her lap and asks “Nana, why do you and Mom and Grandma cut the ends off the meat before you cook it? ‘ Her great grandmother smiled and said “I’m not sure why they do it, but did it because my pot wasn’t big enough. ” We are all driven either by design or default. We either live for the purpose that God designed us to, or we live according to the demands of our schedule and the expectations of others.
Some people think the purpose of life is making money, for some it is having s much fun as possible, and for others ifs being popular and well liked by others. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but if they are your whole purpose in life, there’s an emptiness to it. It’s kind of like cotton candy – all taste, but no substance. The benefits living on purpose: 1. It will reduce frustration By knowing your purpose, you can reduce meaningless work.
Otherwise, you may feel like your always busy, but not accomplishing much.Many of us have so many irons in the fire that we’re putting out the fire. Were burning the candle at both ends and we’re not as bright as we think we are. 2.
It will increase motivation Why get out of bed for no reason? When you know what God wants you to do, you get excited (.NET acoustic) 3. It will allow concentration Purpose allows you to focus – It keeps you on track.
It allows you to ignore the things that can easily distract you and take your attention away from the things that really matter. You don’t have time to do everything. Everything is not even worth doing.Purpose not only helps you know what to do, but also what not to do. Illustration ? One of golf’s immortal moments came when a Scotsman demonstrated the new game to President Ulysses Grant.
Carefully placing the ball on the tee, he took a mighty swing. The club hit the turf and scattered dirt all over the President’s beard, while the ball placidly waited on the tee. Again the Scotsman swung, and again he missed.
Our President waited patiently through six tries and then quietly stated, ‘There seems to be a fair amount of exercise in this game, but I fail to see the purpose of the ball. (from Campus Life) Many of us are swinging wildly away at life, but we have missed the whole purpose for which God intended. Ephesians 2:10 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ – Force are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. How do we live on purpose? Philippians 3:7-14 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, consider everything a loss because Of the surpassing worth Of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a seditiousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ?the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
10 want to know Christ?yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 1. We must know Christ (v. ) We can’t possibly know God’s purpose for our lives, if we don’t know Him. John 10:10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – The thief purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all it’s fullness.
Eternal life. The best of life here on this earth. 2. We must forget the past (v. 13) Whether your past is good or bad, you can’t focus on it. Jeremiah 29:11 11 For know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For I know the plans have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. If your past is bad, you can’t let it keep you from doing the Lord’s purpose.
If your past is good, you can’t upend on it. 3. We must have a worthy goal (v. 13-14) God operates in an intentional manner and I believe our lives will be better lived if we do the same. Have you ever noticed that if you do not have an agenda for your life (or even for your day) one will be provided for you…
Either by the events of life itself or by other people. There’s nothing wrong with setting goals, but our ultimate goal must be to please the Lord. “well done… ” 4.
We must realize that our purpose is eternal (v. 14) Illustration – When you go on vacation do you unpack all of your things from he suitcase and put them in the dressers? Not me. I just leave everything in the suitcase and when I need it, just take it out. I don’t bother with getting everything all settled, because I know that in a few days I’m going to have to pack it all up again.I want to spend as much time as possible doing what I came there to do on my vacation. You may or may not agree with my vacationing habits, but it’s important that we have this way of thinking when it comes to life.
We may be here on earth for 80 or 100 years, but compared with eternity, that’s just a weekend trip. Sometimes we spend all of our energy trying to have a comfortable and successful life here. It seems that we so easily forget that we’re just passing through that we not only unpack our suitcase, but we try to decorate the hotel room too.We want to paint the walls, put in new carpet, refinish the furniture, hang some pictures on the wall, etc. Be careful not to get too comfortable that you forget the purpose you’re really here for.
Pleasure won’t last – Ecclesiastic 2:10-11 10 denied myself nothing my eyes desired; refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. 1 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.