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Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. Proverbs 4:5 (NLT)

One of the most important tests we all face as we try to achieve what God has called us to do is cultural distraction. For instance:

  • The distraction of popularity. If you are always worried about what other people think, you will be distracted from your destiny.
  • The distraction of pleasure. It’s OK to have fun and feel comfort, but if that's the primary focus of your life, you will never fulfill your destiny.
  • The distraction of profits. You can’t serve both God and money. Making a profit can’t be the primary focus of your life.
  • The distraction of possessions. Judging your success by how much stuff you own will keep you concerned about keeping things and maintaining things.

If you are going to fulfill the mission God has given you, you must dare to be different from others.

Talk About It

  • Which of these distractions have kept you from achieving God's best for your life?
  • Pray for God to give you the courage to go against cultural standards and be different.

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional ©2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.



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