Monday, September 22, 2008

My Purpose

Acts 13:36 is one of those verses in the Bible that when I first read it, caught me by surprise and changed my life.

Oh, I am sure I read it in Bible College and at other times, but a couple of years ago, I read it, and WHAM! It's truth hit me right between the eyes.

"For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed."

Once again this verse has started to consume my thoughts. I suppose last week has a lot to do with my current thought process. Two men who were giants in the faith went home to their eternal reward.

After Bro. Frank's service, a friend came up to me and said, "Wow! What a hole his passing leaves in our lives."

So, again, I have to assess my life and think- "Am I living my life so full, that if I died today, it could be said of me- We are left with a void because she is gone?" Could it be written of me, "After Dorinda had served God's purpose for her own generation, she fell asleep."?

Am I fulfilling God's purpose for me in my life or am I serving my own purpose? Am I living my life to the fullest? Am I cramming it in with service and giving to others? Or am I working for my own good and my own pleasures?

My heart's cry is that I am serving God's purpose in every aspect of my life. As a wife. As a mom. As a grandmother. As a daughter. As a sister. As a friend. As a pastor's wife.

Jesus said the He came to give us life and life more abundantly. I want to walk in that fullness of life. I don't want to miss one opportunity that I am given to live my life for Jesus Christ!

Lord, I give my life to you today= again and again. Take every moment I have and help me to live a God sized life. Please help me not to live my life comfortably for myself. Help me to live my life fully, seizing every opportunity to glorify YOU in all that I say, do, and think. May You fill my moments with the abundant life. Help me make a difference in the lives of the people around me. I pray that someone sees You in my life. That can only happen when I empty myself of me and pour more and more of You into me.



Mary Beth said...

Great word, friend. Thanks.

Jennifer said...

Great stuff, Dorinda! That is exactly the same way that I felt immediately after leaving Bro. Frank's funeral last week. Wow...he is still challenging us, even in death. I asked myself that very same question and wasn't happy with the answer that I had to give...that is why I texted you about doing the one-on-one to find where my ministry is for our church...I want to serve God to the fullest.