Monday, April 23, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 39

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance

Chapter Overview:  In this chapter Rick talks about balancing the different 'purposes' from the book in your life. Ha also talks about doing periodic self evaluations of your spiritual walk.
Balance in the Christian walk. How would Jesus live today?

2011 (40 years old)

It bothers me a bit that he is so self promoting in his book. I think Appendix 2 is exclusively books that either he has written or are from Saddleback church.
Looking at my life from the perspective that he writes from, there isn't much room for life the way I live it now. Frankly, I was a little surprised that this chapter on balance didn't once mention marriage or family. Quoting scripture the way he does in the book I could easily see him using some quotes from the Gospels about leaving all to follow Jesus. Is that really what Jesus wants?  Leave our kids behind to share His good news? Where's the balance in that?

2016 (45 years old)

'Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life, but as those who do.'  Eph 5:15. Which of the four activities will I begin in order to stay on track and balance God's five purposes in my life?  The four activities were:

  1. Talk it through with a spiritual partner or small group.  I think it would be good to try and do this with my wife. 
  2. Give yourself a regular spiritual checkup
  3. Write down your progress in a journal (already doing this, ha ha!)
  4. Pass on what you know to others

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