EXTRA, EXTRA! Read all about it!!
Ohio man holds woman captive and reads Bible to her: story Well, apparently, that didn't go over too well... maybe he should have read The Purpose Driven Life to her.
We all remember that story from 2005, right? You know, the hostage (Ashley Smith) reads chapter 33 of PDL to her captor, (oh, and gives him some of her drugs), and is then allowed to go free.
Ashley Smith, suggested that, "You know, your miracle could be that you need to -- you need to be caught for this," Smith continued. "'You need to go to prison and you need to share the Word of God with them, with all the prisoners there."
Good point! So, did he? Having just been exposed to the inspirational words of PDL (and having just taken a nice trip down Methampheta-lane), what ever came of our hostage-taker, Mr. Nichols?
<drum roll, please>...
He "converted to Islam while in jail"!
Perhaps too much time has been spent on trying to determine our purpose and the purposes of others, and not enough time learning what God's purposes are?
remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,"
So, a little less self-focus (what is my purpose?) and a lot more Godly focus (what are His purposes?) would do us all a lot of good.