Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanished. ~James 4:14
In this chapter, Rick Warren talks about the three ways that God sees our life- a test, a trust and a temporary assignment. I will be honest, I have never thought about my life in any of these terms. I have thought about life being about learning lessons that God wants us to understand in order to be better people. It seems that instead we learn those lessons from being tested.
The thing is to keep these perspectives in mind when we are in the midst of going through drama. If I am able to keep in mind that life is a test and a trust then maybe the choices and decisions I make would be affected. Maybe I would pay more attention and make better choices, act better or remove myself from compromising situations. When I look back on certain points in my life, there are areas that I did not pass the testing of my faithfulness or patience or loving of another; however, that may have been a different outcome if I had thought about my life as a test.
I think the hardest thing for us is to remember these things on an ongoing basis. Isn't easy to fall into the groove of your own life and put God behind you? It takes a conscious effort to remember Him always and what He expects from us.