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Purpose

We all long to have a sense of purpose. We want our lives to be meaningful and to make a difference. I believe that there is a connection between our sense of purpose and our awareness of God. Do I really believe that I have been created in the image of God? Am I conscious of the fact that God has created me for a purpose?

Jeremiah 29: 11 (NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

God has a plan for your life. It is a good plan. You can live in hope. We may not know what the future holds but we do know who holds the future. There is great comfort in understanding that my life is in God’s hands.

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom and in chapter 19 verse 21 we are reminded that we can make many plans but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. What is God’s purpose for your life? There is a general purpose and a specific purpose for each one of us. The general purpose is the same for all of us . . . to walk in love, to forgive, to respect our own bodies and those of others, to worship God etc. The specific purpose differs from person to person and we each have a responsibility to find out what it is and then commit ourselves to fulfil that specific purpose. I have a calling to be a pastor and to be an agent of God’s justice through Hands of Compassion. We do not need to compete with others. Find out what your specific purpose is and be content with it.

Philippians 2: 16

Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

We need to hold firmly to the word of life in order to fulfil God’s purpose. It is not easy but it is worth it. Don’t run your race of life in vain. your life is not useless, it has a purpose.

Romans 8: 28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

When we allow God to fulfil His purpose in our lives, he causes everything to work together for our good. This is wonderful. God has a purpose for you. You are called and loved.

Money

Money. We all need it and use it. Many love it and are willing to do almost anything to get it. Some say it makes the world go around. The Bible has a lot to say about money and not all of it is good.

1 Timothy 6 : 10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Notice that this scripture does not say that money itself is evil. It is the love of money that gets us into trouble and often results in us compromising our values and doing what we know to be wrong. Too often we love money and use people rather than using money and loving people. We have been created in God’s image with the ability to love him and to use money to be a blessing to others.

Proverbs 16 : 8

Better to have little with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

Let money be your servant and not your master. Money can be such a powerful resource if in the hands of a person willing to be used by God to bring justice and equity to our communities.

Matthew 6 : 33

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Can you trust God to provide for you and your family if you seek his kingdom and live an honest life? You don’t need to bribe or be bribed to succeed. God will honour your honesty.

1 Timothy 6 : 17-18

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.

Lord help us not to be proud when we have money and not to trust in our wealth. My prayer is that each one of us will learn to use our money to do good. Let us be rich in good works . . . always ready to share with others.

Giving

We all live in a world where we are constantly giving and receiving. We were given life by God through our parents, and we have the opportunity every day to give into the lives of those with whom we interact. Your every breath is a gift from God . . . think about that for a moment. Be grateful for the gift of life.

Fear

It is easy to see why there is so much fear and uncertainty in the world today. Our lives have been turned upside down by COVID. When will we return to some kind of normal?

The future seems so uncertain. God understands your fear and anxiety, and he wants to help you face your fears with the assurance that you don’t have to do it alone.

Discouragement

Discouragement

There is so much to be discouraged about . . . COVID, poverty, unemployment, crime, corruption, failed relationships, and I am sure you could add a few of your own to the list. We all face discouragement, but how we deal with it is different from one person to another.

Choices

Choices

2022 is here. What a tough year we have been through! Now more than ever, our future will depend on the choices we make today. For many of us, our lives are essentially an accumulation of the hundreds of choices we make every week.

Bad choices sometimes have devastating consequences. I know some people who paid with their lives because they refused to wear a mask or get vaccinated . . . bad choices

Anyway

Anyway

For most of us, our lives are the accumulation of the choices we make everyday. God has given you the freedom and responsibility of free choice. Choose life. Choose blessings.

16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism

Toolkit for 16 Days of Activism – You are welcome to download and use this or to share from our Facebook page where they will be posted every day.
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Creation

Creation

God created you. Not randomly or by chance, but by design. He created you intentionally. Your life has value not because of your education/ wealth/ status/ gender/ race but because you have been created by God, and you have been created in His image. With dignity and self-respect.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is central to our lives as Christians. Without it we cannot know the love of God and we cannot love others as we should. We need to give it. We need to receive it.