The Purpose Driven Life – Day Five

Seeing Life from God’s View

The way you SEE your life SHAPES your life!

Pastor Rick asks the question, “How do you see your life?”  This is a great question and for me, not one that is easily answered.  Depending on your stage of life your metaphor might be something like….My life is a circus!….My life is a game!……My life is a whirlwind!….My life is a battle!  What is your life metaphor?  How you see your life often will determine what you value most. 

The Bible says, “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 (TEV)  The Bible offers us three types of metaphors that teach us God’s view of life:  Life is a test, life is a trust, and life is a temporary assignment. 

There are several kinds of tests. There is the I am so busy test.  How many times have you just blown through your day, meeting deadlines, putting out fires, and taking care of your schedule while important situations and people all around you get unnoticed?  Sometimes those unnoticed people are the ones closest to you.  In our desire to complete our tasks, we fail the test God puts before us.  I have never known a man who comes to the end of his life and says, “I sure wish I had spent more time at the office.”  No, what I’ve heard over and over is, “I sure wish I had spent more time with my wife and kids.” 

There is the everyday situation test.  We are given the everyday test when we are standing in line at the convenience store ready to pay for our purchase and the person in front of us has a dozen or so lottery tickets to check on.  When patience is called for, how do you respond? 

There is the endurance test.  We’ve all been tested but some in ways more severely and for longer periods of time. My friend Bill endured his test for many, many years; you see, his wife had become disabled and needed 24 hour nursing care.  His test was not whether or not he loved his wife because he was totally committed to her.  He was going to love her through this illness because he had made a vow….in sickness and in health.  His was not a love test, but rather an endurance test.  Those years she spent in a nursing home, were not lonely years for her because you see, Bill saw her everyday.  He endured years of watching his mate slowly slip away but his love and commitment never waivered.  Bill definitely passed the endurance test.

You will be tested by major changes, undeserved criticism, delayed promises, unanswered prayers, unresolved problems, and senseless tragedies. Pastor Rick reminds us that our character is both revealed and developed by these tests, and all of life is a test.

The bottom line is that your faith, hope and love will all be tested.  How will you respond?

A point to ponder:  Life is a test and a trust.

A verse to remember:  “Unless you are faithful in small matters, you will not be faithful in large one.” Luke 16:10a (NLT)

A question to consider:  What has happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God?  What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?

Be encouraged today friends!  Randy

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