“In all of creation, only human beings, are made “in God’s image. . . . some of the aspects it includes: Like God, we are spiritual beings–our spirits are immortal and will outlast our earthly bodies; we are intellectual–we can think, reason, and solve problems; like God, we are relational–we can give and receive real love; and we have a moral consciousness–we can discern right from wrong, which makes us accountable to God.”
This does not mean we will become God or even a god. We certainly will not. That is Satan’s oldest temptation. God simply wants us to be “godly–taking on his values, attitudes, and character.”
God’s goal for us is “not comfort, but character development.” He wants us to “become like Christ.” This doesn’t “mean losing your personality or becoming a mindless clone. God created your uniqueness, so he certainly doesn’t want to destroy it.”
“Life is supposed to be difficult!” Difficulties enable “us to grow.”
You cannot grow to become like Jesus by yourself. “New Year’s resolutions, willpower, and best intentions are not enough. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to make the changes God wants to make in our lives.” “. . . most of the time, the Holy Spirit’s power is released in your life in quiet, unassuming ways that you aren’t even aware of or can’t feel. He often nudges us with “a gentle whisper.” Do you receive God whispers? I certainly do – all the time.
“The Holy Spirit releases his power the moment you take a step of faith.” “Obedience unlocks God’s power.”
“God waits for you to act first. Don’t wait to feel powerful or confident. Move ahead in your weakness, doing the right thing in spite of your fears and feelings.”
“God uses his Word, people, and circumstances to mold us.” His “Word provides the truth we need to grow, God’s people provide the support we need to grow, and circumstances provide the environment we need to practice Christlikeness.”
In one paragraph on page 203, Mr. Warren states that “you cannot grow to Christlikeness in isolation. True spiritual maturity is all about learning to love like Jesus, and you can’t practice being like Jesus without being in relationship with other people. Remember, it’s all about love–loving God and loving others.” I partly agree with what he says. I would say “not in total isolation.” I believe isolation, at times, is very beneficial to the development of my character and my soul. Jesus was not constantly around people. Remember the 40 days he was in the desert, to be tested? He was in isolation for a time. I believe that isolation can be an important part to building or strengthening our character, although spending time with and loving others is of greater importance, at least for the majority of the time.
Let us go out there and make this an awesome Monday! Is that a contradiction in terms? Awesome? Monday? Blegh! I admit, it is the most difficult day of the week for me. If I had the notion, I’d sleep till 9:00 a.m. Why is it so easy to get up early every other day of the week but Monday slays me? Anywho, I’m gonna try to make it a good day, no matter how sleepy I am. Must. Get. Motivated.
Oh, hey! If you get a chance and if you are interested, please vote in the poll at the bottom of “Day 1”.
Love you!!! *big bear hug*