How To Fill Your Life With The Greatest Issues – Each day Hope With Rick Warren
Use the improvement test to fill your life with the best things
By Rick Warren
"I have the right to do anything," you say – but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do everything" – but not everything is constructive "(1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV).
You make so many decisions every day. Most are the ones you don't even have to think about – like deciding to brush your teeth in the morning or fill your almost empty gas tank. Others are right or wrong where you can rely on the wisdom of the Bible and your conscience.
However, sometimes you have to choose between a good and a best option. In such situations, use the improvement test.
The improvement test asks: Will that make me a better person?
The Bible says: "I have the right to do anything," you say – but not everything is useful. "I have the right to do everything" – but not everything is constructive "(1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV).
Notice the freedom you have in these verses. But as a Christian, it cannot be beneficial to you, although there is something you can do. Not everything builds you up.
Some things are not necessarily wrong – they are simply not necessary. You are not the best.
Most of the decisions you make in life are not between good and evil. You don't get up in the morning and ask, "Should I read my Bible or should I commit a crime?"
You must have a higher standard than right and wrong. You have to use the improvement test and ask what makes you a better person.
Do you know more about television characters than about the people in the Bible – or about the people in your own family? Maybe you spend hours reading books or magazines that fill your mind with things that don't matter. Or you fill up your weekends on the couch and watch sports. In today's world, many people throw away countless hours and stare at their phones.
Are these things always bad? No. Are they mostly a waste of time? Absolutely! Will they make you a better person? Absolutely not! So the reality is that many people spend their lives for second class purposes. But you don't have to.
So when you make decisions every day, don't ask: Is there something wrong with that?
Instead, ask: Does that make me a better person?
Don't drive along and fill your life with things that aren't the best. Instead, take the things you spend your life for and hold them against God's Word to see if they're the best.
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