|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, July 17 2011 21:41|
50. Purpose and Meaning
A man's greatest felt need is his need to be significant--to make a difference and know that his life matters. Apart from God, life has no meaning and no purpose. Teach men that God has a purpose for their lives. Teach your men that God has eternal and earthly purposes. Teach your men that all men are alike in certain respects and, as such, God prescribes four universal earthly purposes for all men. Teach your men that God also has a personal earthly purpose for each man. That purpose is the unique way in which God blends the four universals together in time, place, relationships, work, and so forth. It looks like this:
I. Eternal Purpose
II. Earthly Purpose
A. Universal Earthly Purpose
1. The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37): To love God
B. Personal Life Purpose
Teach men how to find meaning in life. God has created us to find meaning, but God's meaning only comes in God's way. Within these four purposes, every man will find meaning in the way God intends. To that end, suggest men develop a Written Life Purpose Statement. (A guide can be found at www.pastoringmen.com.) Your men will feel most useful, most significant, and most happy when they are doing what they were created to do.
For More: (1) Go to www.pastoringmen.com and click on "50. Purpose and Meaning" to see or hear "Significance: The Search for Meaning and Purpose" and "Purpose: Why Do I Exist?" in The Man in the Mirror Remix series; (2) read "How to Develop a Written Life Purpose Statement."