Transformational learned doesn't take place in the classroom. It doesn't take place when we are stuck in the world of informational exchange. We have to get out of our routine environment to discover who God has created us to be. This is where LIFE is found.
"Even years after going on a WayForward trip, I'm still discovering how God used that week to transform my life." That was the message a friend called me with the other day. It take time for us to realize the full impact of a transformative experience.
God desires us to be transformed on the inside and let that drive our actions on the outside. This requires a perspective change. Transformative learning theory says that the process of "perspective transformation" has three dimensions: psychological (changes in understanding of the self), convictional (revision of belief systems), and behavioral (changes in lifestyle).
We can work really hard to understand ourselves better, revise our view of success in this lifetime and tweak our actions to achieve it...but this will leave you tired and empty. God's plan to transform us looks more like this:
- Proper understanding of the Gospel: Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance3 what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 1 Cor 15:1-5
- Understanding our unique calling: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
- Laboring for the Lord: So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58
Living life with a new perspective is worth all the effort you take to get there. It is through this process of getting out of our normal routine to dive into the truths of God that we set ourselves up for a perspective transformation. Find your calling and you will never work another day of your life!
What have you done in the last month to evaluate your current view of life? Is it providing the joy, peace and purpose your heart longs for?