Saturday, March 30, 2013
Once I have a purpose, I want to make progress in fulfilling that purpose. If my purpose were merely accumulating things or completing rituals, I would be able to track my progress rather easily. Since my purpose is to love others, how can I know whether I am making progress? One measure I use is this: love more. Whatever I am doing in love, do some more. Whether my efforts are really more or not seems to become clear when it gets harder to make the effort. The bad stuff comes pretty easy: complaining, envying, grasping, lusting, and many more. But when I am challenged to find new ways to show my love for someone, or when I am challenged to love someone that I find difficult, then I can be pretty sure I am making progress. And it will only ever be progress, not culmination, in this life. God can give me guidance when I hear him rightly. God can convict me of sin when I am off track. God can give me the courage to do harder stuff. All I have to do is ask him, and have the faith that he can help me.