What is the Rat Race?
According to Wikipedia, “A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of lab rats racing through a maze to get the “cheese” much like society racing to get ahead financially.” It is a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power; an exhausting, usually competitive routine.
For me, I would like to say that a rat race is being caught up in the web of trying to make ends meet. It involves a lifestyle that barely gets by to sustain yourself, with little time for other more important things in life.
The problem with the rat race situation is that you never ever always have enough. For each season of your life, your needs are always more than your provisions, thereby leading you to be unhappy and worried about tomorrow most times.
Unintentionally, many of us have found ourselves trapped in a rat race situation. All that we are involved with right now revolves around our personal needs, and the more we work hard to have them met, the more we don’t meet them. There seems to be a race to work more, earn more, or you’ll not be able to pay your bills.
When you’re working, earning, living and struggling only to survive and pay your bills, then you’re trapped in a rat race. When all that matters to you is to handle your personal needs and take care of your family, live in a good house, drive a nice car, etc, then you are caught up in a rat race. When you are living for self only, you are trapped in a rat race. When your life is not according to purpose, you are trapped in a rat race.
Please note, there’s nothing wrong with working to get your needs met and having the best things of life in place. But life is definitely more than getting your needs met. Life and living is more than being able to feed your family and have more money.
The Purpose of Life
I have a mid-sized TV in my sitting room. As I look at it, I am reminded that the usefulness of that box lies in serving as a Television. Any day it decides to be used for sitting, then it has lost its usefulness. This is same with every other product in life.
Every product serves a specific purpose. Whenever a product is used for something other than what the maker created it for, the product has lost its usefulness. It will end up not benefiting its users and eventually discarded.
The purpose of life is to live for purpose.
Living for purpose is the only way to be free from the rat race situation. That’s the only way to be free from worry and live a happy life.
Determine Your Purpose
Everything in life is designed and made with purpose. You are not an accident. We are reminded in Psalm 139 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. When you define your power and discover your purpose, then your life takes on new meaning and direction.
More people wrestle with this one question than perhaps any other: “Why am I here?” Put another way, “What am I made to do?” We believe that each one of us has been uniquely made with purposes that you are uniquely designed to fulfill.
When we talk about purpose, we’re talking about what you can do to make an impact on others around you. We’re talking about a sense of calling and investing in a cause. Calling is when you have a sense of “I’m made for this!” It’s when you find the thing to do that makes you feel most alive. Cause is found when you’re able to say, “I’m moved to do something about this!”
Living on purpose is about investing your life in the things that matter most so that you live a life of mission and meaning. Purpose gives you a sense of direction and meaning.
I believe your purposes are revealed by God. These are the top five to help you Determine your Purpose:
- What does the world need?
- What am I made to do to help fill this need?
- What can I do to make a difference and leave a positive mark?
- What breaks my heart?
- What’s at risk if I don’t do what I am called to do?
In Acts 13:36, we read that David served God’s purposes and died. David accomplished the purpose God designed him to do. God has made you for a reason; He has anointed you to do marvelous and wonderful things. Let Him reveal those things to you so that the legacy you leave will be about Him and not about you.
Your purpose is ultimately something that frees you, challenges you, inspires you, and gives you a sense of mission and meaning.
When you determine your God-given purpose, your life starts to make more sense, and your legacy will be impactful.
Bible Verses On Purpose.
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13).
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9).
Prayers to Discover and Realign Yourself to God’s Purpose.
1. Prayers Copied from : Knowing Jesus
2. Minor Article Excerpts from : Getoneword