We come to the final week of our Sunday message series about spiritual life hacks, simple tweaks to improve everyday life and deepen our connection with God in the New Year. So far, we’ve offered four spiritual life hacks for your consideration: Grow in generosity, spend more time in silence, love what makes you different, and know your faith. This week, we suggest one final strategy to grow in your relationship with God: Know and accept your purpose.
In 2002, Christian pastor Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 60 million copies and remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for over 90 weeks. Dividing the book into five major parts, Pastor Warren says that in the bible God has set forth five different purposes for human existence on Earth.
We have adopted a variation of these five purposes in our own five-year pastoral plan for Saint Brendan and have been working through them each year. We call these five purposes:
According to Pastor Warren, these five purposes are every Christian’s purposes, but they must be lived out in particular ways according to the unique gifts and life circumstances given to each person. Moreover our entire existence should be a journey to greater self-knowledge and ever-clearer answers to four basic questions that will help us to discover God’s individual plan for our lives.
Listen to our Sunday message this week, in church or online, to learn more about your particular mission in God’s plan of love for the world.
--Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
Father Roger Gustafson