If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.
Steady faith is as necessary for life as a steady pace is for a long distance race. Having nothing to look forward to leaves us feeling empty. Empty does nothing for us except making us want to give up.
Something that really encourages me is seeing people grow. It’s like watching God at work right in front of my eyes. When I see people coming to realise how incredibly God loves them, how completely God has forgiven them and how much He desires to be part of every moment of their lives, I am encouraged and thankfulness wells up in me.
Knowing that we are loved helps us realise that we are accepted. Being accepted makes belonging a reality. Belonging helps us come to terms with the fact that we are part of God’s story, not just part of the scenery in His story. Having a part in God’s story and not just being “window dressing” means that we have a purpose.
When I think of the people I have seen grow and become strong and well rooted in God, I can’t help but give thanks to God. This causes hope to rise up in me, hope that “keeps the ropes of purpose taut” in me.
The Message (MSG)
Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can’t quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope.
There is nothing more gratifying than being part of something so much bigger than myself. It reminds me to remain humble and it inspires awe for my Creator.
Does your purpose lie in something greater than yoursef?
What makes you thankful?
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