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A Common Longing
Theme of the Week: Finding Your Purpose
Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Who Said It … Richard Stearns

Richard Stearns is President of World Vision, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States. After a quarter-century business career serving as CEO of Parker Bros. Games and Lenox, Inc., he joined World Vision in 1998. He is the author of The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. He and his wife, Reneé, live in Belevue, Washington, and have five children.

What he Said … A Common Longing

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to meet and speak personally to thousands of people as I have traveled around the globe on behalf of the world's poorest people. There is a powerful common thread of longing that I hear from them—a yearning for a deeper sense of purpose and significance in their walks with the Lord. They want to discover that one thing that God is calling them to do. They long to feel that they are doing something important for God and that their lives really count for something.

But if I have learned anything about the purpose, meaning, and significance of life over the years, I have learned, for a Christian, it is not found in any job, even a job like mine. It is not found in any human relationship, no matter how important. Nor is it found in any accomplishment, no matter how significant. Meaning, purpose, and significance are found only by aligning our lives with God's purposes, in lives committed to following Jesus Christ.

Key Study Passage: Matthew 16:24-28

Adapted from Unfinished by Richard Stearns (Thomas Nelson, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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