Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 28

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time

Chapter Overview:  Rick says we are slow learners. He wrote about how habits make our character. We can't say we're kind unless we are habitually kind.

2011 (40 years old)

This chapter also went well with what we talked about in small group last night. Transformation takes time - we need to be patient with ourselves. When it comes to making chains like this it doesn't come naturally to us.  Similar to the whole idea we are tossing around in small group about how you can't tackle something big with exercising/practicing first. In other words, you can't run marathon without any training or play a Bach fugue without any practice. Same goes for our Christian walk. Small steps/moves Ellie (from the movie Contact). We need to be patient with ourselves and trust that God is doing a work in us even when we don't see or feel it.
It takes time to mature - closeup of a clock

2016 (45 years old)

There are no shortcuts to maturity. 'He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it'. Phil 1:6. In what area of my spiritual growth do I need to be more patient and persistent? Prayer.  Trust. My day to day, minute to minute attitude.  This chapter was full of grace for me. While God may have high expectations, he also has lots of time. I liked the story about the tomatoes - I don't recall reading that before.  They taste much better when they've ripened slowly and naturally rather than artificially with C02. Also a good story about how God softens us up to learning something new 'behold I stand at the door and bomb' - like the allies taking an island in the pacific in WW2. Comparison doesn't serve much good purpose in the Christian walk.

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