A Long Purposeful Life

Activity suggests a life filled with purpose. ~Christopher Plumber from The Sound Of Music

My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.~ General Montgomery 

My heart is confident in you, O God;

my heart is confident.

No wonder I can sing your praises!

Wake up, my heart!

Wake up, O lyre and harp!

I will wake the dawn with my song.

I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.

I will sing your praises among the nations.

For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.

Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.

May your glory shine over all the earth.  Psalm 57:7-11

“Activity suggests a life filled with purpose” is a line from The Sound of Music.  I probably have seen this movie over a dozen times and never even caught this line before, but when I heard it after purchasing the Blue Ray version of this awesome beautiful movie I had a blog post in mind.  A purposeful life is one where we are very busy fulfilling our purpose that God has planned for our lives.  It keeps us very busy and can lead to imbalance in our lives if we allow it.  We can be so determined to get to that goal and fulfil that purpose that we can sometimes take away from our families and the people that care about us the most.  The enemy loves it when we are too busy to manage our lives properly.  I can write on that in another blog post, right now I want to focus on the journey to our purpose.  I have a leadership quote from General Montgomery, a British General during World War 2 that was in competition with our own country as to who will take back German occupied territory faster and stop Hitler.  Bernard Montgomery is a fascinating character in history.  He was a very driven military commander and probably the drive came from his mother who abused him when he was a child, both physically and mentally.  Coming from a loveless home probably is what made him make a decision whether to let it destroy him or give him the drive to continue.  He was a brilliant commander, was very down to earth with his men.  Probably why when Operation Market Garden was put together some key intelligence was ignored by lower ranks to please him in order to make the planned operation happen.  Still there was some major success in the operation and several key bridges were taken except the final bridge which would have given the allies a direct line into the heart of Germany.  Despite being wounded in World War I and some tactical errors in World war 2, Montgomery was still driven toward his purpose and that was to be a great military commander.  There are some important thoughts that we can look at from the Montgomery quote and David’s Psalm.

The first thought is to inspire confidence in your purpose.  Inspired confidence comes from a God that gives a David courage to face a Goliath, a Noah the determination to build an ark, and a Jesus strength and endurance to hang on a cross for us.  Inspired confidence comes from what God has done for us in our past.  I am so against looking back at our past, but the only time we should look back is to give encouragement to ourselves because without that encouragement and reminder of what God has done we will not have the strength of character to move on in the direction God wants us to go.  So, maybe you had some failures in the past, maybe you are facing a failure now, if we don’t overcome that failure then we truly fail.  If your purpose is in line with what God has in His scripture and you have a Holy Spirit confidence and peace, then a failure will not stop you.

The next thought here is the encouragement factor mentioned above.  As General Montgomery said, that we should rally men and women to a common purpose.  We should rally ourselves as David did in his Psalm, by praising the faithful awesome God that has given us this opportunity in the first place.  Our attitude should be that of gratitude even through the tough failures that will come.  Thank you God for my failures because I have to rely on you so much more.  In our purpose we have to ask ourselves, are we in it for our glory or God’s glory?

The last thought is the character that Montgomery talks about which is unfailing love and faithfulness that David talks about at the end of this set of verses.  General Montgomery is said to have connected with his men on a personal level.  He didn’t just give orders to his men, he also spent some time with them which shows in his character.  Showing you care in your purpose means, you are going to surround yourself with a team of people that you can encourage and likewise they can encourage and strengthen you.  Unfailing love is unconditional love and the result of that is faithfulness.  The faithfulness of God is unreal; it is inconceivable to our limited minds as to the height, depth, and width of that love and faithfulness that follows.  Therefore, a loving and faithful God can pass that to us, we can pass that on to others, and our purpose will be fulfilled.

Taking control of your life is realizing that you are out of control without God solid in your life.  Your purpose can be realized when you are inspired by godly confidence, encouraged by your past of what God has done, and finally, the strength of Character found in unfailing love and faithfulness.  A long purposeful life begins with these three elements.

© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.


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