Are you a driven man or woman?

I am reading a book called Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. This chapter and the point of this chapter hit me pretty hard.

Drivenness is a quality seen in people motivated to make something of themselves for less than the best reasons.

There are lots of driven people doing very good things.

How can you spot a driven person?

A driven person is most often gratified only by accomplishment.

A driven person is preoccupied with the symbols of accomplishment.

A driven person is usually caught in the uncontrolled pursuit of expansion.

Driven people tend to have a limited regard for integrity.

Driven people are not likely to bother themselves with the honing of people skills.

Driven people tend to be highly competitive.

A driven person often possesses a volcanic force of anger which can erupt anytime he senses opposition or disloyalty.

Driven people are usually abnormally busy, are averse to play, and usually avoid spiritual worship.

The author says that King Saul is one of the best examples to typify the driven man.

As I read this it made me realize how much of a worldly attitude I can develop. I do not want to be driven. I want to be spirit led. What do you think?

About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.
6 Responses
  1. The Cornwells

    Great thoughts. I would like to borrow that book. I believe I have often masked selfish ambition with what I thought was being driven.

  2. Next chapter, Why are People Driven?

    They grow up in environments where “well done” was never heard.

    An early experience of serious deprivation or shame.

    Some are simply raised in an environment where drivenness is a way of life!

  3. I definitely can relate to the part about having some explosive anger issues, but alot of it with me has been internal and that’s just as wrong! I want stuff to get done and when there is something in my way, I either get rid of it quite forcefully or have an internal melt-down, but not in a girly way, and this post is what I needed today. Thanks Bro Austin!

    Awesome post and definitely have the book on my wishlist in Amazon to purchase next!

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