In today's reading (where today is Friday if you started on Monday) we read that life is to be viewed as both a test and a trust. I certainly feel like I'm being tested at the moment. I had to go back to the doctors today as I haven't been getting much better - I've got some different antibiotics now which hopefully alongside all the people praying for me will lead to a quick recovery. I find it so hard being ill! There are so many things I want to be getting on with and I so want to preach on Sunday morning. Trusting God can be easy until you find yourself in a storm, believing that God is in this and developing both me and us as a church through it. What are the areas where trusting God is an issue for you at the moment? Be honest!
It's encouraging to read the comments on the blog and hear from LifeGroups (housegroups as was) about how much people are already getting from The Purpose Driven Life. We're only at the beginning - can't wait for the next 35 days.
Rick's notes are below. Have fun!
p.s. Slightly more sure about Kevin Keegan after Newcastle won 4-1 last night!
The way you see your life shapes your life!
The way you view life is your life metaphor. It's your description of how life works and what you expect from it; it influences your life more than you realize and determines your expectations, values, relationships, goals, and priorities. To fulfill the purposes God has for you, you will have to base your view on the biblical metaphors of life. These are: Life is a test, and life is a trust.
Life is a test - God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. Character is both developed and revealed, and all of life is a test. When you understand that life is a test, you realize that every day is important. God wants you to pass the tests of life, so he never allows the tests to be greater than the grace he gives you to handle them.
Life is a trust - We are to be stewards of whatever God gives us. All we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that God has placed in our hands. If you treat everything as a trust, God promises three rewards in eternity: affirmation, promotion, and celebration.
“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones.” Luke 16:10a (NLT)