Create Not-to-Do List Based on Your Purpose

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” (Philippians 3:15-16 MSG)

Imagine if God created you to be the Michelangelo of this age, but you stayed so busy doing all kinds of things — good things — that you never got around to painting and sculpting.

You’d end up missing the best because you got distracted chasing the good.

What a disappointment it would be for God, you, and all the people who would have been blessed if you’d stayed focused on your God-given identity and purpose!

Today, instead of making a to-do list; make a not-to-do list. Fill your not-to-do list with things you do that don’t match God’s purpose for your life, and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you (Philippians 3:14).

Talk About It

What do you believe God has called you to do with your life?

In what ways has God shaped you so that you can accomplish his plan for you?

Jon Walker is author of “Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together’.”

He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals.

This devotional © Copyright 2012 Jon Walker. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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