Mike Cornelison

Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Month: June 2019

The Purpose Driven Life, Day Three

What Drives Your Life?

The five most common driving forces in people’s lives:

• Guilt – running from regrets and hiding shame
• Resentment and anger – holding on to hurts
• Fear – a self-imposed prison
• Materialism – the desire to acquire
• The need for approval – trying to please everyone leads to failure

Without God, life has no purpose . . . The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.

Day Three – Thinking about My Purpose

Point to Ponder: Living on purpose is the path to peace.

Verse to Remember: “You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3 (TEV)

Question to Consider: What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want it to be?

Drinking and getting drunk is what family and friends would say is my driving force, and they would have been right for most of my years up to this point. For what it’s worth, I have never been in denial about this.

I would like my driving force to be serving God’s purpose, whatever it may be.

The Purpose Driven Life, Day Two

You Are Not an Accident.

On day two, I found a passage that I can take a lot of solace in:

God decided *how* you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. It doesn’t matter whether your parents were good, bad, or indifferent. God knew that those two individuals possessed *exactly* the right genetic makeup to create the custom “you” he hand in mind. They had the DNA God wanted to make you.

While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God. God’s purpose took into account human error, and even sin.

Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

Day Two – Thinking About My Purpose

Point to Ponder: I am not an accident.

Verse to Remember: “I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.” – Isaiah 44:2 (CEV)

Question to Consider: I know that God uniquely created me. What areas of my personality, background, and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?

Tracking down your birth parents, only to find your biological mother says you were the product of a date rape was a tough pill to swallow. I feel quite grateful that I was probably the smartest kid in any given class during my years in school, but it makes me wonder why that blessing was combined with the curse of having a compulsion to destroy the gift I was given through alcohol and drug abuse. It’s as if I was hellbent on destroying the intelligence I was given.

The Purpose Driven Life, Day One

It All Starts with God

Day One – Thinking About My Purpose

Point to Ponder: It’s not about me.

Verse to Remember: “Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.” – Colossians 1:16b (Msg)

Question to Consider: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself.

>> At the age of 50, compared to most of my peers of the same age group and socio-economic background, I find myself almost destitute in material possessions.  I do have a roof over my head, so I am thankful for that, but I don’t own a home, I don’t own a car and I don’t have any investments or savings. Despite all this, every day when I wake up, I remind myself to be thankful because God has granted me a gift far greater than anything I could ever purchase – another day to live and breathe and love.

Yes indeed, there is advertising all around me and the truth is, I am completely fascinated by it. I admire and respect the people who work in the field of advertising because the art and science of making people want so much that they do not need is the greatest driving force behind our Capitalist system – a system that has made ours the most prosperous time in human history.

But at this moment in time, I can’t afford any of what they’re selling.  In a world so completely fixated on worldly possessions, I am the monk who has abandoned everything.  I am an empty vessel, ready to receive my purpose from God. <<

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