I have a few books on my nightstand. Many started, none finished. I can’t get around to reading until late at night, and by that time I’m fighting through each chapter, desperately trying to stay awake. Sometimes, I read pages only to question what it was I just read. My mind often wanders.
A few weeks ago, I started re-reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.
This book is right up my alley because I’m only supposed to read one chapter per day and the chapters are SHORT! I also love it because it is life-applicable. I like to read real life stuff that gets me thinking.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I wrote my reflections on a blog post I read on Mom-Blog.com. You can read my previous post here. The basic gist of it is this: We go through trials and if we persevere, we are rewarded. I also cited some verses from the bible.
Within the same week, I read chapter 5 of The Purpose Driven Life, and Rick Warren talks about how life is a test. Every moment of our lives is significant.
“God continually tests people’s character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty…God watches your response to people, problems, success, conflict, illness, disappointment, and even the weather!”
“Every day is an important day and every second is a growth opportunity to deepen your character, to demonstrate love, or to depend on God. Some tests seem overwhelming, while others you don’t even notice. But all of them have eternal implications.”
Then he goes on to quote the same two passages that I quoted just the day before…I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT!
You can read the scripture in my previous post, but that’s not really my point. God was driving home a message for me that week by allowing me to hear it twice.
Yes, I’ve read The Purpose Driven Life before, but again, it had been years and I certainly don’t have it memorized. My mind wanders, remember? I love how God can just send home a message. I felt lead to read it in my bible and then I read it again in Rick Warren’s book. It’s like He’s saying, “ya dig?”
Life’s a test. How will I handle it?
Yeah, I dig. Point Taken.