The great Leonardo DaVinci said, “Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.” Inaction also lowers our opinion of ourselves.

We cherish or should cherish the words of the founding fathers of the United States that talk about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The words pursuit and purpose go together.

If you have a pursuit without purpose your life will go in circles, not getting anywhere. Every stream of water in the world has a purpose, and its purpose is to flow towards the sea. When it stops that purpose, it becomes a swamp. When our life loses it’s purpose and stops its pursuit, it becomes stagnant and stale. If our life stops becoming a journey, it soon becomes an unhappy burden. Since life is designed by God to be a journey, we must keep going. I recall the words of the famous missionary, explorer David Livingstone. Riding on the back of an ox through the diseased filled interior of Africa over one hundred and fifty years ago, his men would ask him, “which way Dr. Livingstone?” His reply was always the same, “anyway as long as it’s forward.” A purpose in life will keep us going even after we’ve been knocked down.

So stop giving your sins, problems, or difficulties a prolonged funeral. People that spend too much time in their past become unable to recapture the significant purposes of their lives.

I’ve put together a series that will motivate you called “I Dare You” go to and get it.

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