P.E.A.R.s™ Periodic Encouragement And Reminders
The Reason for P.E.A.R.S ©
Robert E. Alderman, Jr.
Every week as I put together a P.E.A.R., it is my hope that someone, somewhere, somehow will be motivated, encouraged or reminded by its words of the special place and service intended for them in God’s plan for this world and eternity.
I never know how that might happen or what the exact results or cause and effect might be. I leave that up to God and just try to share as best I can the extraordinary, amazing, often unbelievable and incomprehensible reality of the purpose and fulfillment God offers to each of us – if we become willing to seek and grow closer to Him.
If you’ve never (or perhaps at least not for a long time) paused to consider your relationship with God and why you’re here, the comments from several authors may provide a wonderful insight for you. But before sharing their thoughts, there are three questions I would like you to consider:
1. Do you know how truly unique and important you are to God?
2. Have you ever wondered what He intended for your life?
3. Would you like to become more fulfilled in whatever days or years you have left?
As you reflect on those questions (not just now, but repeatedly in the coming days), the following words may become especially meaningful to you:
“The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren:
We don’t realize how truly unique each of us is. DNA molecules can unite in an infinite number of ways. The number is 10 to the 2,400,000,000th power. That number is the likelihood that you’d ever find anyone just like you. If you were to write that number with each zero being one inch wide, you’d need a sheet of paper 37,000 miles long.
“The On Purpose Business” by Kevin W. McCarthy:
Our “spiritual DNA” [if you will] provides the “purpose…from which our vision and missions sprout. From a divine perspective, purpose is God’s will for your life. Purpose is infinite and eternal.
“The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson:
Like the generic code that describes your unique passions and abilities, your Big Dream has been woven into your being from birth.
“Half Time – from success to significance” by Bob Buford:
I believe God created us the way we are and enabled us to live the way we do for a purpose.
“Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge
God set the heart within every man and in doing so offers him an invitation: come and live out what I meant you to be.
There is no one who can replace you in your life, in the arena you’ve been called to. If you leave your place in the line, it will remain empty. No one else can be who you were meant to be.
Don’t ask how. How is never the right question. How is a faithless question. How is God’s department. He is asking you what. What is written on your heart? What makes you come alive?
“Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper
What Christ offers: doubly belonging to God, and being able to do what you were made for.
Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Don’t coast through life without a passion.
Whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts.
“Success God’s Way” by Charles Stanley
You were no less chosen for the plans and purposes He has for your life than Moses and Joseph were chosen by God. God did not create you and then scratch His head and say, now I wonder what I can do with this person. No, He created you to be and to do very specific things in your life.
“Disciples are made not born” by Walter A. Henrichsen
Are you laboring to build the Kingdom of God or are you building your own little kingdom?
At your death will you be able to say to God that you did the work he had for you to do?
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The last two authors (Stanley and Henrichsen) provide, I believe, a good summary of these excerpts when they say:
Encourage others to find and pursue their specific calling” – “…for you’ve not done anything until you’ve changed the lives of men.
I want to close with one of my favorite verses from the Bible as I believe it summarizes God’s perspective and desire as expressed by the above authors:
For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth throughout the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward Him, so that He can show His great power in helping them.” 2 Chron. 16:9 – Living Bible
May that become a realization to you personally and a goal to which you will dedicate your life.
Have a great week!
Bob Alderman – (and to my family, Love Dad)
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