In this imperfect world, you can never be perfect. Yet, know that you are loved.
I was reading The purpose driven life by Rick Warren. For the three dollars I paid, it is worth every cent and more. It re-established in me why I should love God. It made me look at Him in a different way knowing that whatever you are, He still loves you. It answered my question ‘What is the purpose of life?’ in the most convincing manner I have come across yet. Two reasons stand out and I don’t want to be a spoil sport, but you should read the book. If you are a non-Christian like I am, just substitute Bible with Gita, Christ with Krishna, etc – there is a lot to learn from it. And to listen to the amazing Rick Warren is a revelation in itself.
In chapter 3 of the book, he asks ‘What Drives your Life?’ There are a few of the highlights that are driving forces behind one’s life that prevent one from experiencing pure love:
a) A life of guilt: Someone who lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. They are manipulated by memories and allow their past to control their future. However, God’s love to you isn’t limited by what occurred in your past.
b) A life driven by resentment and anger: Some people hold onto hurts and never get over them. Instead of forgiving and releasing their pain, they rehearse it over and over again in their minds. But the fact is those who hurt you might have moved on. It only hurts you to hold onto resentment. You are the loser here.
c) People driven by fear play it safe. The fear in them prevents them from experiencing love and giving love.
d) People attached to things. Since something is always better than some other thing, one will never be happy acquiring things. Per the pastor, God says the most valuable things in life are not things!
e) Need for other’s approval: Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. “I don’t know all the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone”.