Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 23

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought

Chapter Overview:  Getting the mind of Christ? If I recall correctly, the point that Rick was trying to get across in this chapter was that we can't start to act like Jesus until we change how we think. He used the example of a boat on autopilot - if it's programmer to go east and you try and turn it to go west, you can succeed for a while but its going to take effort to resist going east and as soon as you let go it's going turn back to going east again. The autopilot needs to be reset.

2011 (40 years old)

Just like us - we need our minds reset as willpower will only get us so far in transformation. Like Romans says 'be transformed by the renewing of your mind.'. After making that point Rick wrote about how he believed that a big part of having the mind of Christ was being aware and thinking of others first. A sign of growth and maturity is not being self centred in our thoughts, but putting god at the centre of them.

Transformed by thought - image of cruise ship at sea with mountains behind

2016 (45 years old)

How we grow. It's never too late to start growing. What is one area where I need to stop thinking my way and start thinking Gods way?  Finances?  Being a dad?  I like how he talked about growth as a combined effort between us and God - we work things out and He works on us. The whole autopilot analogy was good as well. So important to set our minds above, but hard to do when in my work (Information Technology) I have to use my mind 8 hours a day. Its rather cerebral. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  I think what I said in my Aug 30 journal entry goes along with this well.  How much should I let my emotions and attitude be dictated by how I physically feel or look?  Probably not much, but it's truly a mental battle.

Journal entry... Aug 30, 2016
Doing the first meetup today at the central library. We'll see who shows up and how it goes. I've been feeling tired. Read that verse again in Col. 1 about 'having the strength that God gives'.  How much should I let my emotions and attitude be dictated by how I physically feel?  Probably not much.

Note on my journal entry above:  I wanted to start a 'Meet Up' in downtown Calgary where people interested in talking about the Purpose Driven Life could meet over lunch and discuss it.  I rented a room in the public library and waited.  Several people had indicated that they were interested in coming and had RSVP'ed, however when the time came, no one actually showed up.  It was a bit discouraging, but a learning experience on several levels at the same time.

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 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • 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 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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