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

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 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 40 - Living With Purpose
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