What is God’s plan for my life?

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What is God’s plan for my life? Such a common question asked by many of professed Christians, but yet many fail to find that answer staring right back at them in Scripture. It’s somewhat of a pet peeve of mine that some expect God to have a specific designated special plan for their life as if they’re destined to achieve some kind of grand self-fulfilling purpose especially made for them. Students of the Word, I challenge you to recognize that your purpose in life is not specific, but in actuality quite general. We’ve all been given a general purpose as followers of Christ to fulfill God’s will (which is to say his desire that we commit ourselves to obeying His instructions of us in Scripture) and to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let’s start from the Gospels. What did Jesus command the Apostles to do? Mat 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,”

Luke 24:46-47 “and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”

What is the main purpose of why Jesus was here on earth for the time that he was? John 20:30-31 “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”

And what did the Apostles do after receiving their commands from Jesus? Mark 16:20 “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.] [And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.]

So as we can see from these verses, the first and primary purpose and plan of utmost importance to Christ in all four gospels was the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that would make disciples and bring about eternal salvation. If you observe everything that the Apostles did in Acts, and everything they wrote about in their letters, it all goes back to the focus being the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Followers of Christ are instructed to entrust the teachings of the Apostles, which focused on salvation and fulfilling God’s will through obedience to His instructions, to others who will do the same. In 2 Tim 2:2 Paul states, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

These faithful teachings we read in Scripture today are the result of the continuance of entrustment to faithful men who went on to teach others as well. This is the first and primary plan that God intends for the follower of Christ to follow. There is no greater, no grander, and no more specific plan for the follower of Christ, than that of spreading the teachings we have received via the Apostles through the Holy Spirit, thus God Himself, whom inspired the Word we read through them. For anyone to instruct there is a more specific plan for each individual than this foremost would be nothing short of prideful. We need not look any further than the example given to us by the first converts of Christians in Acts 2:42 which states, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

So many question what specific direction would God have for them to go in, and to those who ask that I would respond with two questions. If you are abiding in Scripture in your choices and actions, are you not fulfilling God’s plan for your life regardless of what specific life decisions you make? And is it about God giving you some special life purpose for you, or is it really plainly about God’s will being fulfilled? I think if we reflect on both questions, the answers are yes, and it is plainly about God’s will being fulfilled. A person then might ask, well what if the specific choice I make turns out to lead to something bad, then doesn’t that prove we do need to listen to God beyond just Scripture for clear direction? Consider the fact that it can also be all a part of God’s general plan of His will being fulfilled and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be advanced that maybe you end up going through a trial.

People deceive people into believing that God’s general plan will always mean “great things will happen for me” when that’s not always the case, and thus the point is, it doesn’t matter what specific choices you make except that you don’t make any choices out of alignment with Scripture. All things that happen, good or bad, are ultimately a part of God’s plan (fulfillment of His will, advancement of His Gospel). Paul and Peter were beaten and jailed as a part of God’s plan, but they were content through it all, because they were doing something greater than whatever of their own desires may have been for self-fulfillment or personal happiness. They were living for the glory of God, and the ultimate hope emphasized over and over in Scripture was not in something greater happening to us as a result of our living for God necessarily in this life, but more so in the next life.

Friends, we know in this life good things will happen that may bring us joy, bad things will happen that will cause us difficulties, that sometimes things will get better and bring us more joy, and sometimes things will only get worse and bring us more hardship. The point is, that we persist to live to fulfill God’s will through it all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is advanced, and we can remain content and firm in our faith until we reach that ultimate hope of eternity. As Paul stated in Acts 14, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” So no matter if something good or bad happens as result of your specific choices, the only way that it would be accurately “bad” as a result of you not clearly “hearing” God correctly, is if you didn’t follow His instructions in Scripture. But if something “bad” happens, regardless of the specific choice you made in living for God, everything that happens is ultimately all a part of God’s greater plan of maximum fulfillment of His will and maximum advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not your own self-fulfillment and personal happiness. Sometimes we do secondarily get fulfilled and we do secondarily get to enjoy some happiness, but sometimes we don’t, period.

Now some will go to the very commonly misinterpreted verse of Jeremiah 29:11 which states, ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Yes, a very pretty verse, but who is the “you” in this verse? It’s not the body of Christ, it’s the exiles. And when one accurately follows the verse in context by reading the rest of the verses after it, it’s about them going back to Jerusalem. To interpret it any other way through misapplying it out of its context is adding to God’s Word, which is a big no-no. As I’ve discussed in a previous post on eisegesis, we stick within what God’s Word states, and as many of the verses I pointed out in that Eisegesis post suggested, we do not go beyond it.

So many people are seeking to hear from God on what to do in life and they’re not even reading the most instructive guide to living which God has given us through Scripture. They idolize mystical experiences over God’s Word in desiring for a feeling of God audibly speaking to them, or as some of the popular mainstream Christian phrases of the day, desiring to get a super spiritual “confirmation” of what to do in life, or having felt God “lay something on their heart”. Followers, let us not fall into this trap of man-made phrases that have no Scriptural foundation. Let us seek after God’s direction through coming to know how we live for Him through His Word. Know that you don’t need to chase after what others yearn for out of pride in wanting to have God their way. To those others who do the yearning I would say to them, why not just consider, that what if God made things just as simple as opening and reading the Scripture?

As always, any questions, comments, or thoughts, feel free to leave a response for further understanding. Peace to all those who are in Christ.

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6 thoughts on “What is God’s plan for my life?

  1. Clearly this is a ‘pet-peeve’ of yours cos you’ve rarely come across as ‘charged’ on other issues & thus it may perhaps have cost you some perspective? 🙂 lol

    YOU COULD’NT BE MORE WRONG ON THIS SUBJECT!!!!
    (p.s this is also a pet peeve of mine like u’d soon tell from the hurried thesis!)

    lets first and foremost get the 1st matter out of the way which may possibly be at the heart of your concern about christians on this issue

    1) “So many people are seeking to hear from God on what to do in life and they’re not even reading the most instructive guide to living which God has given us through Scripture. They idolize mystical experiences over God’s Word in desiring for a feeling of God audibly speaking to them”

    YES you are absolutely correct about too many christians been hedonists in the sense that they often seek the ‘experience’ than the actual daily bread and its application in their lives via obedience! Creating and getting lost on some stylized enhanted world like a drug..YES this is true. we are to seek GOD and not experiences!

    However wrong they are does’nt negate the authenticity of ‘specificity’ of calling….or the glorious experiences that can come in the course of seeking & obeying him. (I was sent on a specific mission and told ahead a few weeks by Prophecy inspired by the Holy Spirit – and boy did He turn up to confirm his word with the miracle that took place…)

    In my view i think the best way to look at this issue of purpose is to liken it to a “Russian matryoshka doll”. You know one of those nesting dolls thats a doll – within a doll within a doll…..?? You know the ones ….

    YES the no1 purpose of ALL christians is that we are called into the ministry of ‘Reconciliation’ through ‘spreading the gospel & making disciples of all nations’
    This is the outer shell which is universal to us all…..
    But if it were just as simple as your assessment makes it out to be then the work of reconciliation would be best served by us all quitting our careers/education – going into full time ministry and missionary work…Obviously we can’t do this!
    (Many tried to get on the missionary band wagon many years ago & failed woefully because they weren’t called into it specifically (but lets let that one go for now)

    The entrapment of our brethren (self and otherwise) which we are addressing is not in that they seek God’s specific purpose for their lives BUT in HOW they go about it!!
    Knowing the issue of specificity of purposes in most cases is through discovery!
    We must come close to GOD in our daily walks and lives, walking in obedience and having a growing relationship with him, in the course of this walk we get insight into some deeper burdens which we can then embark upon fulfilling on his behalf…(Sharing in his burdens either by discovering that we have been specifically called into this or by circumstantially walking into it) ……

    I’m a missionary in the field in Africa doing work in various regions across ethnic divides and i CANNOT tell you just how difficult & challenging this is! Except you KNOW you are called into this by GOD you cannot make it through the darkest and most discouraging times that often come!…Cos its not just something you embark upon without thorough conviction both from ‘leading’ of the Holy Spirit (which is also hearing from God) and also biblical ‘eureka moments in your spirit man)
    I also cannot recount how many times i have seen others have trouble in their careers chasing selfish goals when their actual ‘calling’ by GOD is to the mission work in some of these hot spots….which brings me to the second point:

    (2) PEOPLE MISUNDERSTAND GOD because our flesh often gets in the way!
    Why most Christians as you correctly put it “fall into the trap” of self-aggrandizement and grandiose illusions of what their specific calling is, CAN ALMOST ALWAYS in my experience be put down to the flesh and its need for glory & spotlight & self-attainment!!!!! And you are so spot on in diagnosing this!
    (I have been guilty of this in times past too)
    BUT IN REALITY …99% of those who will walk in specific calling and purpose WILL SUFFER! Because biblically speaking the path to glory is through trial and suffering in the things of the Kingdom (which is the reverse of the world)
    ACTS 14:22
    Check almost all men used by GOD for specific purposes, they never ever started out thinking they would amount to anything nor even enjoyed the ‘divine processing that it required’…If anything they ate rejection / pain / trials, damning the consequences not counting world glory to be worth anything..indeed many never tasted of ‘glory’…
    Case in point: Joseph (Gen 45:5-8) Jeremiah! Elisha! and John the Baptist who Jesus named as the greatest – but ate wild locusts and honey wearing camels clothing…Not glorious at all no!!

    (3) Yes people wrongly ‘misquote’ Jer 29:11 (my fav scripture by the way) and this is so because we almost always choose the ‘benefit’ whilst ignoring the caveat
    The caveat in Romans 8:22 is …’to them that Love HIM & ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE”
    All things are not going to work together for good for you if like Jonah GOD has sent you to Nineveh (missionary work) but you move instead towards Tarshish (Business & Trading)….a Whale (trouble) will swallow you up because you are walking outside purpose!
    I know you’ve expressed once or twice that not all scriptures can be applied…but thats not something we will treat here and now…but just think Russian matryoshka doll!!

    (4) If what you say is true, that all purpose is indeed General & there is nothing more to it than that, THEN by extension Jesus’s choice of his 12 disciples was COMPLETELY AT RANDOM with no pre-ordination/fore-knowing involved in the choice???
    Paul: Galatians 1:15 is a case in point!!

    (5) At the risk of spewing out too much opinions lets just return to the ‘Fact Based Truth’ (scuse the pun 🙂 ) and look at a few biblical characters.

    CYRUS the great: Isaiah 45:1-7 is the perfect case in point for specify of calling,, this was a prophecy given 150 years before Cyrus was born and became king (because God can and does do this)….

    Too many scriptures also prophesied concerning Jesus all of which you know .. but then theres (Hebrews 10:47, Psalm 40:7) and Luke 4:17-23 where Jesus actually spoke concerning HIS SPECIFIC purpose!!! “This day is this prophecy fulfilled before your very eyes”

    I can go on and on but reading my specific posts on this subject matter of purpose here and here might shed more light

    yes many ‘seek to hear from GOD on what to do’ but sometimes the scriptures is so vast and deep, it takes the leading or the voice of the Holy Spirit to get a specific word…..OBVIOUSLY which you rightly point out it should never be in contradiction to the scriptures.

    But let me say this, I’m in the field, i have a growing (if imperfect) walk with God, and do ‘discuss’ with him on certain matters (yes that is a 2 way communication) …a lot of times the answers he will just give to me are scriptures…His response may be Ezekiel 3:19….But is it so shocking that GOD still speaks back?
    There are certain situations we face (Like Jesus did with the jews who tried to entrap him with stoning the prostitute) that we absolutely must wait on God to speak concerning certain matters and incidents …..does this mean i’m somehow imagining it or being delusional?

    Sorry for the late rant (12midnight here) i hope in all this gubblygook i was able to bring out some points clearly?

    p.s
    I just returned from a highly muslim dominated region where christians are been persecuted and killed, and the very actions we went to carry out in support of the brethren where specifically because GOD spoke to us to do x y and z prophetically. THIS is in-line with my ‘specific purpose’ of which i have been led and unveiled to do. (Id certainly like to believe i didn’t abandon my cushy Investment Banking job on a whim or glory seeking agenda’…there is no glory to be had here….(not this side of heaven anyways)

    As always i enjoy reading your posts, BUT this today though is a total rant on my part (pet-peeve) as much as i suspect with yours also 🙂

    p.p.s
    Summary of the entire gist is this
    Yes in GOD’S redemptive plan there is the ‘general script’, and general roles. Yet within that also there are specific ‘scripts’ and ‘specific roles to be played’
    Some are called to fulfill specific things at specific seasons in specific generations (like Esther Esther 4:13-14, Like Moses) …and yet some roles are open (either because of failure of the ‘foreknown person’ or because they have always been unspecific to individuals….
    Its ‘mind-boggling’ just how the weaving of the intricacies can be …..but GOD is able, to just over generalize this issue might be selling God short sir.

    More grace to you.

    see my posts on the matter here :
    https://therevealedword.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/understanding-purpose/

    https://therevealedword.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/understanding-purpose-part-ii/

    • Hello Wale. Good to hear from you again. While I try my best not to let my conciseness in my suggestions and conclusions come across to pointed, I’ll admit that I was perhaps a bit more assertive in this writing, given just as I stated early on, this is a slight pet peeve of mine. I appreciate your alternative viewpoint to challenge my understanding, because as we know, iron sharpens iron. So if I may, I do have a few points of thought in rebuttal to your response. 🙂

      “(I was sent on a specific mission and told ahead a few weeks by Prophecy inspired by the Holy Spirit – and boy did He turn up to confirm his word with the miracle that took place…)”

      While I can’t necessarily challenge your subjective experiences, I do question the concept of justifying something as truth based on experience. As I once stated in a previous post, I find truth in Scripture more often than not is based on rationalism rather than empiricism, and rationalism in the sense of lining everything to Scripture.

      “But if it were just as simple as your assessment makes it out to be then the work of reconciliation would be best served by us all quitting our careers/education – going into full time ministry and missionary work…Obviously we can’t do this!”

      I think you may have overreached here. So I stated in my post the general plan of the Christian is fulfilling God’s will and the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Respectfully, I do not see how that suggests the best thing we need to do is quit our jobs and stop going to school. Are there not still people around us who need to hear the Scriptural Gospel in our communities which would consist in some cases of where we work and go to school? Is everyone where we live saved? I think the answer to the former is yes, and the answer to the latter is certainly not. When we read the letters to the churches, while reiterating what God’s plan for all Christians appears to be, he doesn’t seem to suggest at all for them to stop living where they are and start moving. How else could he keep writing and instructing them if that’s what they were supposed to do?

      “We must come close to GOD in our daily walks and lives, walking in obedience and having a growing relationship with him, in the course of this walk we get insight into some deeper burdens which we can then embark upon fulfilling on his behalf…(Sharing in his burdens either by discovering that we have been specifically called into this or by circumstantially walking into it) ”

      So if I may respectfully ask, where in Scripture does it lay out this formula you’ve suggested in order to get one’s specific call? For myself to the best of my knowledge, I find no such formula in Scripture.

      “I’m a missionary in the field in Africa doing work in various regions across ethnic divides and i CANNOT tell you just how difficult & challenging this is! Except you KNOW you are called into this by GOD you cannot make it through the darkest and most discouraging times that often come!…Cos its not just something you embark upon without thorough conviction both from ‘leading’ of the Holy Spirit (which is also hearing from God) and also biblical ‘eureka moments in your spirit man. I also cannot recount how many times i have seen others have trouble in their careers chasing selfish goals when their actual ‘calling’ by GOD is to the mission work in some of these hot spots….which brings me to the second point:”

      Well first, I applaud your choice in choosing to do missionary work. It’s certainly not something everyone is willing to do, and I’m sure it can be quite challenging for you. Your selfless work is very much appreciated. I agree with you that the leading of the Holy Spirit is hearing from God, but when one uses Scripture, it seems they are being led by the Holy Spirit given that it is stated He authored Scripture (2 Pet 1:20). I’m not quite sure what you mean when you say “eureka moments in your spirit man”, so I don’t have a response to that. But you state your overall conclusion in this paragraph, is that you just know, but aren’t you just making your own conclusion of what you think you should be doing? I have no problems if people think they are best suited to serve in a particular way for God, but to my knowledge, I don’t find an instruction in Scripture that states, “God will tell you this is specifically what you’re supposed to do”. But I certainly agree we all have different things we can do, just by the mere fact we’re all different, and thus have different skill sets that can benefit for the the advancement of the Gospel. 🙂

      To your point number 2, respectfully I’m not entirely sure how what you wrote had to do with the post, but I do agree that people will suffer in living for God.

      To your point number 3, yes, I do think it’s best not to use eisegesis as the means of interpretation of text given the numerous apparent warnings of that being how we will be deceived in Scripture that I pointed out in my eisegesis post, and the instructions to stay within the bounds of Scripture and not add to it in the verses I pointed out also in that same eisegesis post. Now in the case of your Jonah interpretation, I don’t see it as a stretch to see from that that if you don’t obey God, you’ll only make things more difficult in your life. I think that’s pretty clear not only in this story alone, but in all stories in Scripture, and in the instructions of consequences of not obeying God. So I find this interpretation justified based on how it ties with all of the Scripture, which I think is an important thing if you’re going to make an interpretation that does a little reading into the text.

      “(4) If what you say is true, that all purpose is indeed General & there is nothing more to it than that, THEN by extension Jesus’s choice of his 12 disciples was COMPLETELY AT RANDOM with no pre-ordination/fore-knowing involved in the choice???
      Paul: Galatians 1:15 is a case in point!!”

      I think the key word of your statement here is “all purpose”. It is true that not all purpose in Scripture was general. There are specific purposes that were given to specific people. However, I argue there is only a general plan instructed to the Body of Christ. As I stated earlier, given that we’re all different, surely we’ll use different skills and be better suited in different areas to advance the Gospel, but still that is what the main purpose/plan is, along with our focus on fulfilling His will through living in obedience to the Word, so in that I suggest therefore we need not concern ourselves with specifics as long as we’re living according to that, because it would seem that makes it more about us than about God.

      “(5) At the risk of spewing out too much opinions lets just return to the ‘Fact Based Truth’ (scuse the pun 🙂 ) and look at a few biblical characters.”

      Lol, I chuckled at your pun. I’m aware that titling a blog “Fact Based Truth” certainly sets a high bar of objectivity which I attempt my best to meet in very carefully wording these posts and continually considering all the Scripture in what I write on before I click that publish button. But I humbly admit that I’m human and can just as easily be presenting my own biases without intending to :). But to your referencing of biblical characters, this falls into my last point which yes, there are specific purposes for specific people in Scripture, but I still contend there is only a general plan/purpose instructed of the body of Christ, and there are no statements of every individual member of the body of Christ having to hear for a specific plan in their lives. If you know a verse directed to the Body of Christ that suggests that, then I’d be more than happy to read it. 🙂

      “sometimes the scriptures is so vast and deep, it takes the leading or the voice of the Holy Spirit to get a specific word…..OBVIOUSLY which you rightly point out it should never be in contradiction to the scriptures.”

      So if it should never be in contradiction to Scripture, then why not just follow Scripture? Holy Spirit authored Scripture, so we are being led by the Holy Spirit just by following Scripture, are we not? Though I do agree that Scripture can be very hard to understand, and I believe that’s where learning to read in context helps, and just continually studying and carefully following all of it together.

      “But let me say this, I’m in the field, i have a growing (if imperfect) walk with God, and do ‘discuss’ with him on certain matters (yes that is a 2 way communication) …a lot of times the answers he will just give to me are scriptures…His response may be Ezekiel 3:19….But is it so shocking that GOD still speaks back? There are certain situations we face (Like Jesus did with the jews who tried to entrap him with stoning the prostitute) that we absolutely must wait on God to speak concerning certain matters and incidents …..does this mean i’m somehow imagining it or being delusional?”

      Let’s consider something. There does not appear to be an occurrence in Scripture presented of God speaking to a Christian audibly (unless you know of one that I don’t). So if that’s the case, then that brings into question this assertion made of God speaking to Christians audibly, if He didn’t appear to do so with Christians in Scripture. I find in this line of understanding we potentially run into a problem of “he said she said God told me”. I could just as easily say God told me this, and what you think God told you is wrong. But what I’ve stated to you isn’t proven fact but merely my opinion. So how can one ever know what God really says if everyone bases it off of empiricism and their own subjectivity? It seems we don’t this way, but we do through the complete word of God we’ve been given through Scripture. And I know you said earlier, well what we receive will tie with Scripture, but then I say again, well then why not just simply follow Scripture? If that’s what it all has to amount to anyway, is it better not to just to stick with the source? I write this point often in my posts, that if 2 Tim 3:16 is true, that Scripture profits us in giving us everything that’s correct and right, then how can we possibly need extra revelation outside of Scripture to know more of what’s right, when that verse seems to indicate we’re already given everything that’s right?

      “p.s
      I just returned from a highly muslim dominated region where christians are been persecuted and killed, and the very actions we went to carry out in support of the brethren where specifically because GOD spoke to us to do x y and z prophetically. THIS is in-line with my ‘specific purpose’ of which i have been led and unveiled to do. (Id certainly like to believe i didn’t abandon my cushy Investment Banking job on a whim or glory seeking agenda’…there is no glory to be had here….(not this side of heaven anyways) As always i enjoy reading your posts, BUT this today though is a total rant on my part (pet-peeve) as much as i suspect with yours also :-)”

      I again applaud that your doing things for the glory of God, and your service is very much appreciated. I still contest that there does not appear to be a verse in Scripture to conclude each individual of the body of Christ is supposed to be given a specific instruction especially directed to them of what to do in life. But with that said, you’re doing what you do for God, and that I do sincerely applaud. I really hope my words in response come off honest but gentle and respectful, because I do try to write everything with a gentleness of tone that I’m not always able to accurately convey through text. 🙂

      “p.p.s
      Summary of the entire gist is this
      Yes in GOD’S redemptive plan there is the ‘general script’, and general roles. Yet within that also there are specific ‘scripts’ and ‘specific roles to be played’
      Some are called to fulfill specific things at specific seasons in specific generations (like Esther Esther 4:13-14, Like Moses) …and yet some roles are open (either because of failure of the ‘foreknown person’ or because they have always been unspecific to individuals….
      Its ‘mind-boggling’ just how the weaving of the intricacies can be …..but GOD is able, to just over generalize this issue might be selling God short sir.”

      And just a last reiteration, I think the examples you give while accurately conveying specific instructions given to specific people, it does not seem to refute there appears only to be a general plan/purpose instructed of the Body of Christ. Though I’m happy if you can provide a verse directed to the body of Christ that says we’ll each be given specific instructions of what to do in life. I certainly hope I’m not selling God short, but I’m only trying to do my best to stay accurate to Scripture, as I’m sure you are as well. And I’ll happily take the time to read your posts that you’ve written sometime. Peace in Christ, and feel free to offer another response if you desire. 🙂

  2. This post reminded me of something Mother Teresa said, “Do small things with great love.” I think there are those of us who are called to “do great things with great love,” and there are those of us who are called to do “small things with great love.” I am most assuredly the latter. The one thing we can never miss on, is prayer. Praying is so essential for ourselves and others.

    That is not to say we do not or cannot do more, but prayer never fails. Mother Teresa also said, “Find your own Calcutta in your own community.” This is pretty much what I do. Example: I have a neighbor who lacks in finances. My scraps go to feed her chickens. Small thing for me, but great help for her.

    Whenever we give of ourselves, time, money, food, clothes etc… we “are” spreading the Gospel and love of Jesus. Another example is I have a neighbor who once a week takes an elderly lady to the grocery store, Walmart, and to her hair/doctor appointments, bc this little lady is too old to drive anymore. She always buys my neighbor lunch.

    Just look around in your life for those in need. Give something of yourself to them, and God will smile. God Bless, SR

    • Hi SR. Thanks for your comment, and a beautiful sentiment you just communicated. Do what you can where you are with what you have essentially. And our actions do reflect the goodness of God that can inspire others to come to God as well. I’m glad your comment brought this post to my attention again. Reading through it all over gave me something to ponder.

      Peace in Christ. 🙂

  3. Exactly, “do what you can with what you have.” I came back to this, because I remembered something and wanted to share it with you, again regarding Mother Teresa.

    There was a man dying and laying in a gutter. He was maggot infested, filthy, and dirty. She brought him to her convent, bathed him, placed clean clothes on him and gave him food and drink. As he was dying he said, “All my life I have lived as an animal, and as I am dying I am looking at the face of an angel.”

    That pretty much says it all to me. Just be a “face of an angel” to someone in need. She could not and did not save his life. At the end of it though, he saw the love of God. God Bless, SR

    • Wow, a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing that. A good inspiration to go out and help the neediest of those in our society, and maybe those you help will see the love of God too.

      Peace in Christ. 🙂

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