Knowing your purpose focuses your life. It concentrates your effort and energy on what’s important. You become effective by being selective.
It’s human nature to get distracted by minor issues. Henry David Thoreau observed that people live lives of “quiet desperation,” but today a better description is aimless distraction.
Without a clear purpose, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationship, church, or other externals- hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart. You think, Maybe this time it will be different, but it doesn’t solve your real problem - a lack of focus and purpose.
The power of focusing can be seen in light. Diffused light has little power or impact, but you can concentrate its energy by focusing it. With a magnifying glass, the rays of the sun can be focused to set grass or paper on fire. When light is focused even more as a laser beam, it can cut through steel.
There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one living on purpose.
“I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” The Apostle Paul.
If you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most.
Excerpt from The Purpose Driven Life