What’s the goal?
“The trajectory of your relationship with God depends on your metrics: what is your goal? That, as much as anything else, determines which transformational pathway you will follow, and how far you will get on the journey. If you don’t care much about God or eternity, you’re not likely to get very far; your metrics will examine personal happiness, lifestyle comfort, wealth accumulation, and personal health. If, however, you live for God, then you will use a completely different set of measures – ones designed to help you keep moving toward a more Christ-like life and more spiritually fruitful journey.” George Barna, Maximum Faith, p. 34