What Drives Your Life?
I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy!
4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder a waif, a nothing, a no man. THOMAS CARLYLE
EVERYONE’S LIFE IS DRIVEN BY SOMETHING.
Most dictionaries define the verb drive as “to guide, to control, or to direct.” Whether you are driving a car, a nail, or a golf ball, you are guiding, controlling, and directing it at that moment. What is the driving force in your life? Right now you may be driven by a problem, a pressure, or a deadline. You may be driven by a painful memory, a haunting fear, or an unconscious belief. There are hundreds of circumstances, values, and emotions that can drive your life. Here are five of the most common ones:
Many people are driven by guilt.
They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. Guilt- driven people are manipulated by memories. They allow their past to control their future. They often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotaging their own success. When Cain sinned, his guilt disconnected him from God’s presence, and God said,
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
“You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
That describes most people today wandering through life with troubles. We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it. God’s purpose is not limited by your past. He turned a murderer named Moses into a leader and a coward named Gideon into a courageous hero, and he can do amazing things with the rest of your life, too. God specializes in giving people a fresh start. The Bible says,
32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
“What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! … What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record.”
Many people are driven by resentment and anger.
They hold on to hurts and never get over them. Instead of releasing their pain through forgiveness, they rehearse it over and over in their minds. Some resentment- driven people “clam up” and internalize their anger, while others “blow up” and explode it onto others. Both responses are unhealthy and unhelpful. Resentment always hurts you more than it does the person you resent. While your offender has probably forgotten the offense and gone on with life, you continue to stew in your pain, perpetuating the past. Listen: Those who have hurt you in the past cannot continue to hurt you now unless you hold on to the pain through resentment. Your past is past! Nothing will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For your own sake, learn from it, and then let it go. The Bible says,
2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
“To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.”
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
The next time you are driven by the troubles of this life, stop and focus on God.
It is only through Jesus that we can find perfect peace.