Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian band that just had an article written about them entitled Casting Crowns On Purpose. In the article, the front man, Mark Hall, shares what it means to have a "life on purpose." He is really close to understanding the power and potential of being on-purpose.
Back in the late 1980s when I was teaching about on-purpose in the positive, it was very novel. Until that time, most people would use on purpose to negate a negative, such as, "I didn't mean to spill my milk on purpose." I knew then, as I still do today that I am pioneering a positive concept whose time has yet to come. Even today, most people are seeking their purpose, rather than the follow through of living or being on-purpose.
I envisioned the day when the words and concept of being on-purpose would be in the popular culture. Well, it continues to creep into everyday use more and more as the Casting Crowns article indicates. I must admit a certain measure of joy mixed with disappointment because
the general use of purpose is misunderstood and the concept / lifestyle
of being on-purpose is used far too cavalierly.
Pastor Rick Warren's work, The Purpose Driven Life popularized the use of purpose; unfortunately, it was a watered down version of the concept. Oh well, I persevere in this calling trusting the results to God.