Growing up, I considered myself a Christian. I didn't have a relationship with Christ, never prayed, and never read my Bible, but all my friends were Christians, so I was definitely one too. And if something bad happened to someone, I probably told them I would pray for them. And maybe I really did pray for people who were having a hard time, I can't remember.
When I was in college, I had a really hard time figuring out who I was and what I was supposed to be doing with my life. During that time, I gave my life to Christ. After I became a Christian, I needed guidance. I had not gone to church regularly in years. I had no idea what my next steps should be, but I knew that I really wanted to change my life. My sister knew what was going on, and she gifted me a book. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I know you are probably rolling your eyes because it's the Purpose Driven Life, but to this day, this is one of the most impactful and life-changing gifts I have ever received.
The book was to be read with a friend. You are to read one chapter a day for 40 days. None of my friends would read it with me, so I read it by myself every night on the balcony of my college apartment. Reading through that book each night, I gained a little understanding of what it means to have a relationship with Christ and how that should look in my life. For the first time, I started praying. I started longing for other Christian friends. Christian friends who were pursuing God. After I read this book, I started looking for a church. I called one of my friends from high school and asked him for guidance on finding a church. He went with me to a our local college ministry to see if it was a good fit for me, and it was. It was perfect for me. This was where I started my Purpose Driven Life journey.
Books are gifts. They can be life-changing.
If you have never read the Purpose Driven Life, I would love to encourage you to find a friend and read it. It really is a special book. If you know someone new to the faith, there is no better gift you can give them. And ask them if they would like for you to read it with them.
"I have come so that you may have abundant life, and have it to the full." John 10:10
Our life is most abundant and full when we are living our purpose God has for us.
Have you ever read Purpose Driven Life? What is the best gift you have ever received?