I get emails all the time from people asking questions ranging from how to do this, or take a look at this, to what do you think about this? And I LOVE getting those emails! Nothing brings me greater joy than to serve you guys.
So if you do have any questions, never hesitate to fire off an email. You can always reach me at josh [at] thejoshcollins [dot] com.
Inevitably what these questions usually boil down to are questions relating to identity and purpose.
I can’t think of two greater issues the church faces today, than identity and purpose. Even looking at the recent incident with Justin Beiber speaks to these larger issues of identity and purpose.
Last year I was given Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. It has recently gone through a facelift, expanded and retitled “What On Earth Am I Here For?”
With over 12 million copies sold worldwide, it’s hard to quantify the impact and reach this message has. Because of its success, just about every major news outlet has called it the most influential nonfiction book of our generation.
The thing I love the most about this book is all the additional resources like video links, audio links and study guides you have access to online. Rick and his team have gone above and beyond to provide you with the absolute very best experience possible on your journey to answering the question of what are you are here for.
Not to give too much away, but Rick begins the book by laying the groundwork of understanding purpose by speaking to identity. This is where most communicators fail in their messaging.
The book is then divided and outlined into 5 main purposes:
Purpose #1: You were planned for God’s pleasure. This is all about understanding the greatest purpose of your life. Nothing can settle your wandering soul like knowing how much pleasure God take by your creation.
Purpose #2: You were formed for God’s family. Continuing to build on identity, knowing to whom you belong securely attaches you to the created order of things.
Purpose #3: You were created to become like Christ. This is aim of the christian life. Discipling and creating mature christians is the mission of the church. Nothing makes sense outside the understanding of this purpose.
Purpose #4: You were shaped for serving God. There is no doubt our culture’s message of “me first”, “do what I want to do when I want to do it” contradicts this purpose. It’s the focus of much of the self-help garbage prevalent in our society today. But there can be no greater example of this than the life of Christ.
Purpose #5: You were made for a mission. This is the bullseye. This is the target and direction of your life. Understanding your purpose, finding your calling, and bridling your passion can never be discovered without the foundation of the previous four purposes. The created order speaks to this. There is a flow and when you attempt to supplant that flow, you’ll be disappointed every time.
If you’re sitting there struggling with issues of identity and purpose, wondering why on earth am I here, what on earth have I been created to do, let me encourage you. You’re not alone. There is hope. Don’t struggle alone. I urge to purchase a copy for yourself. It will change your life.
You may read this and already be in a secure place of identity, purpose, and calling. That’s awesome! But the truth is, someone who you know isn’t and is most likely struggling. Purchase a copy to give to them, encouraging them they are not alone.
But because I love this book so much, and because I think it’s probably the toughest issue you’re facing, I’d love to give away a copy.
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