Just a little over a month ago, waves of people were setting New Years Resolutions and goals for themselves: personal, financial, business, even spiritual goals.
But these goals, these directions, are generally propped up on a foundation, a drive, that is crumbing.
Your direction is simply where you’re going.
Your drive is why you’re going.
All around us we are encouraged to have a self-centered “why” for every thing we do.
To make me feel better,
To make me happier,
To fulfill my dreams.
Even our attempts at being others-centered come back to wanting to feel better about ourselves, to please someone else in our lives, or to feel like we’re part of something bigger.
No matter which way we slice it,
Our drive has become self-centered at its core.
And that’s not what we were created for.
We weren’t made to use each other,
Or serve each other as an end of itself,
We were made to be in relationship with our Creator and have all of our life grow from that relationship.
Our relationship with God is to fulfill and replace all our inward drives and to propel us forward in the direction He has for us.
Our God centered drive
For example, let’s take the five self-centered drives I listed above and see what happens when we replace those with what God offers us.
I don’t need my drive to be about…
Feeling better… because He is the God of all comfort.
Feeling happier… because He is the God of all joy.
Fulfilling my dream… because He promises a better plan things than we could have created on our own.
Pleasing others… because God has already given us our self-worth and we don’t need to find it from others.
Manufacturing a “bigger purpose…” because God has already given us the greatest purpose we could ever know.
What’s your drive? It will affect your direction
It’s important that we root our inward drive in God, because where you put your inward drive will affect the direction you go in.
As seen throughout scripture: whatever we set our hearts on (whether God, or ourselves) will outflow into our words, our actions, and ultimately our direction.
So may you guard the drive of your heart,
And not get caught up focusing simply on the direction.
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”Proverbs 4:23
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.”Proverbs 21:2
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:21
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”Luke 6:45, Matthew 12:34