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The Number One Priority For Life

Ps 27:8

+ John Sculley

Was president of Pepsi Co during the 1970s and early 1980s

He is best known for his marketing skills, particularly in his introduction of 'the Pepsi Challenge' at Pepsi Co,

He became CEO of Apple from 1983-1993.

What caused Pepsi Cola president John Sculley’s dramatic shift to become president and CEO of Apple computer?

> Sculley, with years of experience in marketing beverages, was one rung from the top of well-established Pepsi. He’d no idea how to revive sagging computer sales at Apple, struggling to survive.

> Sculley describes meeting with Steve Jobs, the brilliant but impulsive Apple founder, who’d flown to New York to recruit him. “Are you going to come?” Jobs persisted.

> “Steve,” Sculley says he replied, “I love what you’re doing. … But it just doesn’t make sense.” Loath to forfeit pensions and deferred compensation, he told Jobs he’d require $1 million annually plus a million each for a signing bonus and severance pay!

Stunned at first, Jobs, recovering, said Apple would pay that kind of money. But again Sculley demurred.

> Exasperated, Jobs asked, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

“I had no answer,” writes Sculley. “It simply knocked the wind out of me.” By making him think like a visionary, Jobs eroded all his resistance.

+ Do I Want To Change My World?

> “Why do I exist?

> What’s my life all about?”

> “What am I here for?”

- The wrong answer to these questions will lead to a crisis


+ People Have Taken Up the Challenge of Finding Purpose

- Steve Pavlina — Blog

- How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes

> 1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).

> 2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”

> 3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.

> 4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

Readers Response

- My true purpose in life is to enjoy the journey.

- I tried. I really did. But I honestly believe that this life we are living has no meaning or purpose. None. We are random bits of consciousness and nothing we do matters.

- “Live an extraordinary life” Do you or anyone else have any resources on how to find good jobs and careers that enable you to live an extraordinary life?

- I tried this exercise for 5 times. I guess I am the one of those who is really stubborn. I did cry, but it was not the answer that made my cry. – I was listening to music

- I’m in my mid-20’s and right now the only thing that really gets me excited and ready to jump out of bed every morning is passionate romantic love, or the anticipation/challenge of trying to find it.

Others Answer

+ Motivational Speaker, Richard Leider

> The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose

+ Motivational Books

>YOU WERE BORN FOR A REASON - The runaway best-selling book on Buddhism


Ideas on How to Find Your Life Purpose and Life Intentions

> THE PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE: Finding Your Place In The World

+ PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren “(sold over 20 million copies since October 2002, making it the bestselling hardback nonfiction book in history,)

> We were planned for God’s pleasure - worship.

> We were formed for God’s family - fellowship.

> We were created to become like Christ - discipleship.

> We were shaped for serving God - ministry.

> We were made for a mission - evangelism.

+ Lauren McCain, 20, on her MySpace website.

> "The purpose and love of my life is Jesus Christ.         I don't have to argue religion, philosophy, or         historical evidence because I KNOW Him.          He is just as real, if not more so, as my          'earthly' father."

> McCain was one of the 32 Virginia Tech          students killed in April.

- So what should the purpose of our lives be based         on?

- On the quality of our character and conduct with

Christ, not on the quantity of our circumstances over which we have no or limited control.

+ Jesus was asked this question

> Mt. 22:36: Mark 12:28-31 Master, which is the

         great commandment in the law?

+ Scripture’s Answer

.> Is 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


> Mt 6: 32-33 “Why be … concerned about these things (what we shall eat, or drink or wear)? … make the Kingdom of God your … concern”


> Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


> Ps 105:4 - Seek the Lord and His strength .....

> Ps 63:1-2 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

+ Obedience Is The Key

- It unlocks the mystery of what my purpose is for life

> Ps 27:8 -

> Westminster Shorter Catechism - written 1640

         during the English Reformation

                  – (KJV 1611)

         Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to

                  enjoy him forever.

+ I. Seeking God: —

> Our Responsibility

> The only command in this chapter

> Ps 27:13 - I had fainted unless I had believed to see .....

- He sought the Lord with integrity of purpose and a singleness of determination .

+ II. You will Not Seek the Lord IF—

> 1. If you don’t believe in His existence.

- Chasing after your priorities

> 2. If you are unsure of His care

- Revealed in our buying & giving

> 3..If you have not surrendered your life to Christ

- Not seeing yourself as lost, hopeless, under the

         wrath and damnation of God

- Eze. 18:4, 20 The soul that sinneth shall die

> 4. If you do not think that the Lord has designed

         you for a purpose

- No mater where we are the Lord loved us first

         and still loves us

> Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good

to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

+ III. Where are we to seek Christ?

> (1) Ps 27:4 - In the sanctuary.(holiness)

> (2) Ps 27:6 - In the attitude of joyful Praise

> (3) Ps 27:7 - In the heart work of Prayer

> (4) .Ps 27:11 - In the truth of His Word.

> (5) Ps 27:14 - In the quiet confidence of patient



.+ A master martial artist asked Bruce Lee to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts.

> If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”

+ Ps 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

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