One very important thing I learned from my advisor during my graduate study, is to think of one’s activities in terms of GOALS and PURPOSES.

What is the difference between a goal and a purpose?

A GOAL is WHAT I want to do or achieve.

A PURPOSE is WHY I want to do or achieve any particular goal.

Rick Warren has described pertinent details of itinerant Christian purposes in his book, The PURPOSE Driven Life. But it’s really up to each individual to choose his or her own appropriate GOALS in life, and there just aren’t any books on this subject, unfortunately. So, it’s very important to think of your own personal life in terms of your immediate and long term goals, so that your spiritual purpose can be realized.

I see that a lot of people coming to Church are like sheep looking for green grass and water, and sadly, some of the sheep are wounded or crippled. It would be more helpful for us to focus less on the “Thou shalt not…’s” of Christianity, and concentrate more on the “Thou shalt be…’s” – the “milk of the Word” or the promises of God which should lead us beside the quiet streams.

Last week, God had impressed on my heart that I should write more posts in this blog, in order to offer encouragement and teaching to our team. I decided that I’ve got to do what I can to “feed the sheep”, as Jesus commanded His disciples to do. I just started writing down some solid guidance on what some people were struggling with, and mixed it with some visionary thoughts on what our fellowship ought to be like. Afterwards, I found that people responded, and that it did help people, so I just continued writing more posts, almost daily, this past week.

I do appreciate the medium of blogs, because many of us live far apart, and we cannot meet together on a daily basis, but we still need to be uplifted throughout the week. Blogging allows continual communication, as well as a permanent record that we may review at our own leisure, whenever the Holy Spirit should impress us with a memory of something we have read before.

A few people have expressed some surprise that I have valuable ideas and that I’m able to write well. (Thank you for the compliments!) I do see a lot of important things that other people do not seem to see, but on the other hand, I cannot see some things that are very obvious to most others. I believe that we are all like this to some extent. After all, this is what makes us different and unique, and it’s also why we need fellowship with others to find a sense of completeness in the Lord.

The transactions of our past correspondences have made me realize that more must be done to establish good communications among us. I’m afraid that a few people may have misinterpreted my goals in writing the last few messages. It was not to garner sympathy or attention for myself. My main goal was to share my testimony and offer some insight and encouragement where it may be needed. My purpose is two-fold.

  1. One purpose is to teach, encourage and edify others in our fellowship by the leading of God’s wisdom. I have addressed this purpose very obviously in my messages.
  2. The other purpose is to increase the communication among us.

It is my hope that, through sending more frequent messages, we might understand each other more deeply, and I do hope that some others take the effort to share their own insights from time to time. Sharing our sincere testimonies with others is a very powerful weapon in our spiritual struggles.

Revelation 12:10-12

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!

About Jack

Jack is a world traveling artist, skilled in trading ideas and information, none of which are considered too holy, too nerdy, nor too profane to hijack and twist into useful fashion. Sigma Frame Mindsets and methods for building and maintaining a masculine Frame
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