personal journey

This was a journal of my progress through the book "The Purpose Driven Life"...after having read the book, I know that I've only begun to learn about God's plan for my life.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Day 33

Chapter Thirty-three: How Real Servants Act

While knowing your shape is important for serving God, having the heart of a servant is een more important. -Rick Warren

It is easy to get wrapped up in looking at how other people get recognition for their good be humble is difficult. I've often been resentful because a lot I do goes unnoticed...but then that really negates the reason why I do things for others.

Are you available to God anytime? Can he mess up your plans without you becoming resentful? As a servant, you don't get to pick and choose when or where you will serve. Being a servant means giving up the right to control your schedule and allowing God to interrupt it whenever he needs to. -Rick Warren

This is hard. I am generally a very busy person. Something I am trying to change. I don't want to be so busy that I can't see the things that God puts before me. I fill my time with too much, and I am probably missing opportunities to serve God left and right.

Servants dont' make excuses, procrastinate, or wait for better circumstances. -Rick Warren

If ever a statement about myself were more true...I know I missed an opportunity last night to go to a blood drive, but I didn't because the timing was inconvenient. A lazy excuse because I was scared to do it.

Servants finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises, and complete their committments. They don't leave a job half undone, and they don't quit when they get discouraged. They are trustworthy and dependable. -Rick Warren

My biggest discouragement has been my coursework this past month. I wanted to quit so badly, but I didn't. I just couldn't bring myself to get out of that obligation.

Self promotion and servanthood dont' mix. Real servants don't serve for the approval or applause of others. They live for an audience of One. -Rick Warren

This is difficult. Sometimes it is nice to be recognized by others. It is a form of acceptance that I often strive for. To be needed, liked, approved of...

Point to Ponder: I serve God by serving others.

Verse to Remember: Mathew 10:42 If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.

Question to Consider: Which of the six characteristics of real servants offers the greatest challenge to me?

I'd have to say that the two greatest challenges are being available and doing the best with what I have.

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