Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai. . The spies were transformed by 40 days in the Promised Land. . David was transformed by Goliath's 40-day challenge. . Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from a single meal. . The entire city of Nineveh was transformed when God gave the people 40 days to change. Jesus was empowered by 40 days in the wilderness. . The disciples were transformed by 40 days with Jesus after his resurrection.
I'm thinking about this 40 days. It's more than just the 40 days. There's a sort of wake up call in each of these things, and I think that this is significant also. Something for further study.
Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.
I like this translation. Now I'll have to find where he's getting it from.
Self-help books, even Christian ones, usually offer the same predictable steps to finding your life's purpose: Consider your dreams. Clarify your values. Set some goals. Figure out what you are good at. Aim high. Go for it! Be disciplined. Believe you can achieve your goals. Involve others. Never give up.
I don't think this is necessarily bad advice. It's just not the starting place. I think that God gives us dreams, values, goals, abilities, gifts, passions... These are all things that we look at when identifying our path. But I think path and purpose are two different things, and purpose has to come first.
How can I remind myself that I am living for God, not vise versa?
I think that's part of what I've been practicing for the last couple of weeks--although I also have to be careful not to live for the adoption. My point here is that what I've done for the last two weeks has required some very deliberate choices, and I think living for god is like that.