If you’ve ever been to a river, you’ve sent things floating in it. They just go along with the flow, bump into things and get stuck when they run into other debris. If you’ve ever gotten into an inner tube and floated down the river, you know what that’s like. If you’re looking ahead, when you see a downed tree or something else that will stop your progress, you start to paddle until you’re around it. The difference between you and the other objects floating down the river is that you have the option to be proactive and guide yourself. You don’t have to just float along running into everything and then work to get yourself free.
So much of our lives is spent reacting to things that happen to us or around us. What if I told you that’s not how God intended for you to live your life? God’s desire for us is that we would live lives of purpose where we are intentional about the choices we make and how we live. A life of purpose doesn’t spend all its time in a reactionary mode. It looks ahead, plans and makes hard choices so that we are where God wants us, when He wants us there. It’s about knowing what you were created for and living your life according to that purpose. You were made on purpose, for a purpose, so it stands to reason that we should live our lives on purpose.
Here are some Bible verses on living life on purpose.
1. I will run the way of Your commandments [with purpose], For You will give me a heart that is willing.
PSALMS 119:32 AMP
2. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
1 Corinthians 9:26 NLT
3. Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions.
Proverbs 4:25 TPT
4. Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Philippians 2:2 NLT
5. Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get.
Proverbs 20:18 MSG