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.


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 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 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
  • No comments:

    Post a Comment

    The Names of God - Jehovah Shalom

    Jehovah Shalom - God is my peace. Another verse that has been continually returning to my thoughts over the past year or so is Philippians 4...