How do you see your life? This is the question that lies in the center of Day 5, Seeing Life from God’s View. There are many different answers to this question. Some contend that life is puzzle or a dance, while others look at life as a circus, a roller coaster, or a deck of cards in which you cannot chose the hand you are dealt. It all depends.
How we view our life; whatever image comes to mind is our life metaphor. This, in turn, influences us more than we may actually think. When I think about my life metaphor up to this point, I know that I have always looked at life as a journey; never to arrive at a specific place, but to live the journey in which He has set out for me.
The way you see your life shapes your life.
I have been tested many times in my life, and I think it is the ‘journey’ mindset that has allowed me to stay level-headed and keep pressing forward.
This chapter highlights two major points. The first being that life is a test, and the other being that life is a trust!
Life is a test: When was the last time you were tested? Wasn’t that long ago, huh? I didn’t think so. People test our character, faith, love, obedience, integrity, loyalty, etc. The first test came with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We are test daily as we go throughout our lives. This isn’t unique to us, either. God continually tested many individuals in the Bible. The long and the short of it is this: Our character is both developed and revealed by tests. So even when we can’t feel God moving in our lives, we can rest assure that He is watching and we are being tested on how we respond. This means that nothing is insignificant in our lives…nothing! Even the smallest of things can develop our character.
Life is a trust: Everything we have God trusts us with. We are only here on earth for a short period of time, so all that we posses is technically on loan to us from God. He trusts us to take good care of it. People especially. The “stuff” we have, was on loan to someone before we got here and will be on loan to someone after we leave. It may sound strange but it’s similar to a hotel. When you travel, you check into a hotel and you “use it like it is yours”; from the refrigerator to the bath towels to the bed. But in the back of your mind you know that it isn’t really yours, so you still take good care of it.
Remember, to whom much is given, much is required. The more we get from God, the more he expects from us.
At the end of your life on earth you will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you.
Ask Yourself: What has happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God? What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?
© David McGhee