Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 6

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment

Chapter Overview: This world is not my home.  Our live here on earth is quite brief compared to eternity.  We won't be here long, so don't get attached.

Life is temporary - hourglass image

2011 (40 years old)

In the book, Rick had this 'theme' of life with God as part of the two 'themes' of life from the previous chapter, but he split them up into chapter 5 and 6 as they were too long as one chapter.  So I've been considering them together.  This morning thinking about these, I had pretty much become frustrated, and seeing life's themes as a 'test', a 'trust', and a 'temporary assignment' frankly makes me feel like giving up - like I'm a failure and what's the point of even trying anymore?

I know that isn't what God wants our lives to be all about.  Sometimes I get the impression that that is what pastors think, though.  I have such a hard time keeping balance between absolutes that are written in books (whether it's the bible or another book) and applying that to real life using moderation.  I had the same issue/contention with a passage we were going over in small group 6 weeks ago or so.  I would take the passage - it was in Philippians 2:1-12 and we were trying to consider the context and apply it to our lives.  This passage is full of absolutes and and exhortation to be like Christ in our relationships.  Is that possible?  I balked at that question.  It's frustrating and given the context of my situation, seemingly hopeless.

Interestingly enough, Pastor Dave in church today did a sermon on 'The Cat who Came Back' (a cartoon he showed at the beginning).  His main points were:
  1. Life is series of assignments (the similarity to this chapter is striking).  
  2. We're all called to complete each assignment we are given (just like if we complete all our assignments in Grade 2 we get 'promoted' to Grade 3)
  3. My progress (in my relationship with God?) is dependent upon my completing each assignment I've been given.
  4. God will bring back every assignment I failed to finish (The cat will come back)  
Pastor Dave told a story about a puzzle that he had originally bought for staff gift exchange.  Shane opened the gift, tried to exchange it numerous times and in the end he ended up with the puzzle again (this was Christmas 2010).  He took it to his Dad's house (as his Dad does puzzles) and returned for Christmas this year to find the box was still not even opened yet.  So he brought it back and told pastor Dave about it.  Pastor Dave used it as his sermon illustration and bought the puzzle back from Shane in the service, vowing to complete it by the end of 2011.  And then he challenged us to search our heart/lives for 'assignments' in the past year that we had left undone.  2011 is the year of 'cleanup'.

2016 (45 years old)

Life is a temporary assignment. How should the fact that life is a temporary assignment change the way I'm living right now?  Perhaps it should impact my relationships and perspective of others - particularly others who don't know Jesus - in a more influential way. Spending more time praying for them and being active in encouraging them to look to Jesus. Worry less.


For background on what these 'Purpose Driven Life' posts are about, click this link.
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose
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