Today’s my 59th birthday. Honestly I didn’t think I would live to see it. The majority of my family didn’t live to see 59, including a 35-year-old brother (died on his birthday) and a 47-year-old younger sister, all pretty good reasons to think I wouldn’t. But here I am, the first day of my 59th year. I’m thinking…well knowing…there’s a reason I’m still here. I asked God what He wanted me to do with this year and this is what I felt Him say:
Believe. Believe that I am good. Believe I have your best interest in my heart. Believe I control everything concerning you, even the bad stuff. Believe I have a good plan. Believe the enemy is still very much working in everything (and lots of those around you) and he’s a worthy opponent for you…but no match for Me. You’ll witness and experience bad, heartbreaking things you don’t understand and when you do…believe.
Live. Not just breathe; not just do the thing but live each moment knowing I’m in you and around you. Even in the mundane, remember? How many things have I shown you in the everyday moments of your life (?remember The Last Mile Home?). If you search for Me in everything, every day, I promise, you’ll find Me, you’ll hear Me and you’ll experience Me. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, look for Me. I give life…even in the most ordinary things of life…its true and fulfilling meaning.
Love. The greatest thing you can do, is to intentionally be a person who exhibits love for Love is the one thing…the greatest thing…that shows others who I am. I know your world, it’s not very easy to be kind with so much meanness and ungratefulness but I called you to be different. You’re not supposed to act like you’re lost because you’re not! I called you to be light in all that darkness. You’re alive for My glory and good pleasure “for a time such as this”. Don’t waste it. Don’t think love is a waste of time or not worth the effort. What if I had felt that way about you? Remember where I found you!!! Do the same for others. Don’t fret over their response, I’ll see to that. Do what I called you to do; do what only you can do – be you – for My Glory.
How easy it is to get caught up in our lives, thinking we’re just here to make money, buy the things we want and do what we enjoy. God wants so much more for us. His ultimate will is to know Him and love Him. My greatest fear is to leave for heaven and never know I’ve fulfilled His purpose for my life. What a regret that would be! I want His will in my life so I’m going for it and doing exactly what He told me to do: Believe, Live and Love.
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…”