Hey Ya’ll! We are on Day 5, out of 40, of The Purpose Driven Life. You may say, Kristen…shouldn’t we be on Day 8 by now? I would say…technically we should but remember what I said in the beginning about extending me grace if I don’t post EVERY DAY. This is what I meant! If you haven’t caught up with us, check out day four here.
Ready for some honesty….Yesterday I literally lacked all motivation to do ANYTHING!! My darling husband and I, are in the process of finding a new house for when we move to Zephyrhills. This has been a very stressful process so far. Unfortunately, all 3 of the places we have put offers in have fallen through. Each time we got our hopes up and could picture making it our own. However, those must not be the places God has for us. So, we are in a waiting period that is making us both very anxious. Have you ever felt this way?? Isn’t it so hard to continue on with the day-to-day, when there is this constant weight on your shoulders? I have to say, that God sure has blessed me with an amazing husband that senses my frustration and cooked dinner for us last night, since he could tell I wasn’t going to make the effort!!
This morning I woke up thankful for a new day! What made the difference you ask? My cousin, Holly, asked me to try out CrossFit with her, at 6:30 in the morning! Thank goodness for the accountability or I would have never gotten out of my comfy bed at 5:30 in the dark morning! I am so glad I did and Holly asked me to go with her, because I couldn’t let her down you know…(that’s why accountability works!) Considering the fact that I have now gotten a morning workout in, had time for devotions and still have the whole day ahead of me, I am feeling much more motivated.
Anyways…all that to say…I am excited to share Day 5 with you.
Seeing Life from God’s View
“We don’t see things as they are,
We see them as we are.”
(Page 41 & 42)
Your perspective will influence how you invest your time, spend your money, use your talents, and value your relationships.
If I asked how you picture life, what image would come to your mind? This image is your life metaphor.
To fulfill the purposes God made you for, you will have to challenge conventional wisdom and replace it with the biblical metaphors of life.
“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God.” -Romans 12:2 (GNTA)
(Page 43 & 44) The Bible offers three metaphors that teach us a temporary assignment.
Life on earth is a Test.
Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test.
You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies.
A very important test is how you act when you can’t feel God’s presence in your life.
Sometimes God intentionally draws back
God withdrew from many people in the Bible to test their character, reveal a weakness, and to prepare them for more responsibility.
Nothing is insignificant in your life
Every day is an important day, and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character, to demonstrate love, or to depend on God.
He never allows the tests you face to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them.
“God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”
-1 Corinthians 10:13 (GNTA)
Page 45 & 46 2) Life on earth is a Trust.
Culture says, “If you don’t own it, you wont atke care of it.”
But Christians live by a higher standard: “Because God owns it, I must take the care of it that I can.”
God promises 3 rewards in eternity:
An eternal promotion
Honored with a celebration
God watches how we use money to test how trustworthy we are.
God says there is a direct relationship between how I use my money and the quality of my spiritual life.
Is the way you manage your money preventing God from doing more in your life?
“What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?”
-1 Corinthians 4:7
Comment below: What has happened to you recently that you realize was a test from God?
Kristen’s answer: Waiting for the right house…
Written By: Kristen Oliver
Based on: Warren, R. (2002).The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.