Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Purpose Day 5: Seeing Life From God's View

The way you see your life shapes your life.

When asked to think about what my life metaphor would be, the one word that came to mind first is: adventure. I'm not sure if that is a great definition but I do know that it does define & explain a lot of things. And perhaps its why I'm not very good at staying in one place, in finding contentment. I like to seek new things, new places, new people & even new things, although "things" aren't that high of a priority as change in location & experiences.

Life is a Test
You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies.

I would say I have noticed and experienced all forms of these tests in the last few years and unfortunately, I've probably failed at many of them in my lack of faith, my impatience and my anger at God for allowing such things. I feel weakened when I feel God is being silent, that turns to weaken my faith & then build up resentment.

I know God wants us to pass these tests and grants us the grace to handle them, but I do see myself failing miserably at them in hindsight.

Life is a Trust
Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management.

Ugh - I know I'm sucking at being a steward as well. Not so much in the 'save the world & protect our children' sort of thinking, but those words RELATIONSHIPS and OPPORTUNITIES are probably where I'm failing the most because I don't let people in, or rather, I feel like there is a lack of people who are interested so I quit trying to force the issue or it feels one-sided.

The more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be.

Well, if I want to be blessed with gifts & rewards & more joys, then its time to find it within myself to pass those tests, be a better steward & live my life metaphor in a way that has eternity in mind!

1 comment:

  1. LOL - I feel the same Becks, perhaps a legacy of my father's mining career and moving moving moving, I guess I got accustomed to this. Sometimes its easier to move on than deal with things too. Its good we question things. On the other hand, familiarity breeds contempt and perhaps we don't want to fall prey to that. I'm like you, I get discouraged when you pour out pour out and nothing gets poured back to reciprocate. It makes me think of Jesus the hours He prayed all on his own and found everyone sleeping. He still never gave up on us, instead asked forgiveness upon us for " we knew not what we were doing" So, thats the benchmark we need to model after. Tis hard when its the same old same old all the time.

    I'm appreciating your study!

    Love, Barb