"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 ESV
It is pretty common that as we move into our 30's, we start to take stock of where we are and what we want to do with our lives. Is this the career I want? Where do I want to live? Do I want to get married? Do I want to have children? Then as we enter our 40's, we may face a mid-life crisis, some of the questions may be the same as in our 30's, but we have a different perspective. Am I fulfilling my purpose? Is there something else I should be doing with my life? These questions are all a normal part of the aging process. I would dare to say that few of us have not made some changes along the way due to these questions.
What we know with certainty is that God has a purpose for us. Last Sunday, we talked about the members of the body of Christ. We all have a unique function within that body; it is in unison that we operate as a healthy body. Like the emotional, mental, and physical phases we go through in life, we also go through spiritual maturation. At times we must pause and ask God, "Am I fulfilling your purpose for me? How can I best use the gifts and talents you have given me to glorify you?" Sometimes his answer may be "Good job, keep it up," at other times, it may be something unexpected. The answer sometimes comes so subtly that you only notice it through the Holy Spirit. Yet, at other times it may be a continuous knocking -- I know this one too well.
Precious Lord, we give you thanks for our purpose in your kingdom. We acknowledge that sometimes we find if hard to find your purpose for us. Forgive us those times when we willingly ignore your call. We come before you now with open hearts asking for your guidance. Please affirm your will for us in your body. Use us as you see fit. In Christ Jesus, we pray.
Please keep in prayer the family of Sgt. Elder Fernandes, and for peace and justice in our country.