We’re reading through the book, Ordering Your Private World, by Gordan MacDonald. This week we read chapters 4-5.
Last week we talked about being Driven Versus Called. I was glad to see we got a little more in-depth on the subject this week.
What causes people to become driven?
1. They grew up in environments where they never heard “well done.” This could also be a verbally abusive situation, where the person is continually put down.
2. They grew up in an environment where there had been a sense of shame or embarrassment. Maybe they were very poor, or didn’t have as nice of things as other kids.
3. They grew up in an environment where driveness was a way of life.
Of course, there are other ways a person becomes driven. Seeking approval and personal gain from the outer public world is the main goal of the driven person, and the private world is left unattended.
How to change:
Figure out what motivates you and what your values are. Get to the root of the problem, and figure out where it all started. Was if from a parent that constantly put you down, or was it another reason?
Change your life from driveness to being called!
1. Look at everything in your life as belonging to God. You are merely the steward, or rather, the person that keeps it safe until He takes it. This way when things change and go away, it’s not a tragedy because you know it all belongs to God.
2. Know who you are, and who you are not. You are not defined by what you do. If you define yourself by what you do, then there will be some serious identity problems when you retire or your duties dissappear.
3. Know your purpose. Our main purpose is to point everyone’s attention to God. How we do this, depends on what God calls us to do. This is where we ask God for direction.
4. Have unwavering committment to your call.
So how do you get your call? Spend time alone in the desert. Deserts are bleak, dry and miserable. Going through the hard places in our lives usually brings about great change, or so I’ve noticed. But the best thing about being in a desert is the quiet and being away from all the hustle and bustle of every day life. Since most of us cannot normally just go out into the desert for a while, let’s bring it to our quiet time, so that we can prepare ourselves for God’s call.
What did you think of the reading this week? What spoke out to you the most? Did you find the author’s analysis of John vs. Saul to be an adequate comparison between a called and driven person? I’d love to hear your thoughts. And remember, prayer requests are always welcome here.
Task for the week: Read Chapters 6-7 of Ordering Your Private World. Spend 10 minutes of absolutely quiet time with God. Set up a time and a place where it can be absolutely quiet. Create your desert, so to speak. Whether this is really early in the morning, or late at night does not matter. What matters is that you find a time where it can be absolutely quiet, so that you can communicate with God.