Friday, April 6, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 32

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You

Chapter Overview: 'What you are is God's gift to you. What you do with yourself is your gift to God'. Danish proverb.  God deserves your best. 'Do you best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.' 2 Tim 2:15.

2011 (40 years old)

I pretty much had the idea where Rick was going in this chapter based off of the last chapter.  He encourages the reader to prayerfully look at who they are, what they are good at, what they aren't, what they enjoy, and what they don't. He has a few other suggestions that I thought were good. He says the reader should be very aware of where their gifts/abilities are confirmed by others, and not just trust their own judgement. Rick also suggests trying different things to see what you are good at rather than guessing or simply not knowing. He said he never would have known he was a good teacher unless he had actually tried it. I think this is good advice but at the same time people need to be aware and objective (if that's possible) about their 'try'. If I based my whole computer experience on how things went at Computability, I don't know if I would be where I am now. The context of the 'try' has a big (and perhaps skewed) bearing on how it goes for you. Providence is also a factor in all of this I believe....   So any more thoughts on who I am?

2016 (45 years old)

How can I make the best use of what God has given me?  This is a great chapter full of good, wise thoughts. Two spring out at me off the top of my head:  don't compare yourself to others - if you fall short you'll get discouraged; if you come out better you'll get prideful. 2 Cor 10:12  The second is start doing things to find out what you're good at.  Look for the fruit.  If it didn't work, call it an experiment. If there are people following you then you're a leader and you've got fruit.


For background on what these 'Purpose Driven Life' posts are about, click this link.

Analyze and test the fruit in your life. Where does God make you fruitful?
Where does God make you fruitful?

  • 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 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 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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