A Worthy Purpose
Theme of the Week: Live with Purpose and Passion
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Key Bible Verse: The fact is that what we are we owe to the hand of God upon us. We are born afresh in Christ, and born to do those good deeds which God planned for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, Phillips)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 2:1-10
If you place your bets on temporary pleasures, you will find only temporary satisfaction.
Helen Keller lost her sight and hearing due to an illness before she was two years old, but she went on to become a world-renowned author, speaker, and social activist. This great woman said true happiness comes through "fidelity to a worthy purpose."
What does that mean? For me, it means being faithful to my gifts, growing them, sharing them, and taking joy in them. It means moving beyond the pursuit of self-satisfaction to the more mature search for meaning and fulfillment.
Most sensible people know there are no easy routes to long-term happiness. If you place your bets on temporary pleasures, you will find only temporary satisfaction. With cheap thrills, you get what you pay for—here today, gone tomorrow.
Life isn't about having. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you still might be as miserable as a human can be.
I don't think you really feel fulfilled without serving others. The greatest rewards come when you give something of yourself. It's about bettering the lives of others, being a part of something bigger than you, and making a positive difference. You don't have to be Mother Teresa to do that. You can even be a "disabled" guy and make an impact.
—Nick Vujicic in Limitless
Adapted from Limitless by Nick Vujicic. Copyright © 2013 by Nick Vujicic. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, help me to wake up each day with the realization that you have a plan and a purpose for my life. May I use my gifts, talents, interests, and passions to build your kingdom and to bring you glory.
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