Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Made For a Mission

Chuckle: "I would be unstoppable, if I could just get started!" --Unknown

Good Quote: “If we want to be used for the benefit of mankind—helping the Lord with his mission — we must ourselves be in a position to be used by him.” --Elaine Cannon

YOU WERE MADE FOR A MISSION

As Jesus was praying to his Father, he prayed: "In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world" (John 17:18 The Message).

In His book, "The Purpose Driven Life," Rick Warren identifies from Scripture five purposes for our lives: (1) "You Were Planned for God's Pleasure," (2) "You Were Formed for A Family," (3) "You Were Created to Become Like Christ," (4) "You Were Shaped for Serving God." The fifth, and final, purpose for your life is that you were made by God for a specific mission here on earth. Simply put, that mission is to be ambassadors for Christ and to tell the good news of Jesus to the people around us. This is called evangelism.

It is here that many Christians get weak in the knees. When we hear a sermon on witnessing, we get tense, uneasy, and uncomfortable. We've heard it all before, and we aren't very excited about hearing it again. We know what we ought to do, and we feel frustration and guilt for not being more bold in sharing with others how they can know Christ as Savior and Lord. But make no mistake; once we become Christians, it becomes our God-given mission to share Jesus and the five purposes for life with those around us and throughout the world. As Jesus was about to ascend into heaven, he said to his disciples and to us:

" . . . you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8 NIV). "All authority (power) in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).

You see, your ministry in your church and mission in the world are both important as you carry out God's purposes for you life. Please let the following additional Scriptures passages speak to your heart: "Through Christ God has made peace between us and himself and he gave us the work of telling everyone the peace we can have with him. So we have been sent to speak for Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NJB). "The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me, to tell people the good news about his grace" (Acts 20:24 NIV).

The greatest concern of God's heart is bringing all his lost children into the fold of his love. As Christians, we must make God's greatest concern our greatest concern if we are to be fully blessed and happy. In later lessons, we will look at some of the reasons, excuses, and objections many Christians use to justify their failures in being witnesses for our Lord. We will also explore some ways we can overcome these hindrances that keep us from being faithful to God's fifth purpose for our lives.

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Uniquely You

Chuckle: After seeing his brother baptized, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys." --Unknown

Good Quote: “Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!” --William Arthur Ward

UNIQUELY YOU

"God has given each of some special abilities. Be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God's many kinds of blessing" (1 Corinthians 12:7 NJB).

We continue our study of God's fourth purpose for your life and mine, as identified from Scripture by Rick Warren: "You Were Shaped for Serving God" by serving others.

When God made you he threw the mold away, so to speak. There is not another person in the world exactly like you. Only you are uniquely you! When you use your unique spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences in service to God by meeting the needs of others you are performing your unique ministry that God intended for you. Sadly, many Christians do not experience the joy that comes from serving God as he shaped them to do. Think for a moment about the abilities and gifts you know you have. Are you using them fully for God's glory? In addition, you likely have many undiscovered abilities and gifts that you are unaware of because you've never tried to use them in God's service. Let me encourage you to be bold in trying to do some ministries you've never done before. You will never fully understand the dimensions of your gifts and abilities until you use them in service. To learn to swim, you must get into the water. . . .!

"Since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts of Christ's body. Let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be" (Romans 12:5 The Message).

When you do your best, you always feel good about the results. You will experience joy from knowing you have served God well. However, Satan is actively trying to steal your joy of service from you by tempting you to compare your ministry to the ministry of others, and by tempting you to conform your ministry to what others expect of you. Both are dangerous traps that will distract you from serving in the unique ways God intended for you to serve. The Bible teaches us that we should never compare ourselves with others: "Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don't compare yourself with others" (Galatians 6:4 NIV).

If you want to be fruitful and attain fulfillment, put to use your unique God-given spiritual gifts in ministry to others. God wants you to be all you can be -- the person he made and shaped you to be! If your area of ministry matches your shape, you will be successful. So remember, if you are a Christian, God has equipped you to serve Him by serving others; God will empower you to serve by his Holy Spirit; and God is exalted when you serve using his gifts and his power.

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Monday, April 21, 2008

God Uses Our Weaknesses

Chuckle: A Sunday school teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?" One child answered, "Mary." The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was?" A little kid said, "Verge." Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?" The kid said, "Well, you know they are always talking about Verge n' Mary."

Good Quote: "The measure of a man (person) is not how many servants he has, but how many people he serves." --D. L. Moody

GOD USES OUR WEAKNESSES

The apostle Paul wrote, "Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT). "I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13 NIV).

Today, we continue to look at God's fourth purpose for our lives -- from "The Purpose Driven Life," by Rick Warren: "You Were Shaped for Serving God" by serving others.

God uses our failures, disappointments, and weaknesses to bless the lives of others. When we are the weakest, God is the strongest in our lives. On the other hand, when we feel strong in abilities or resources, we can become tempted to do God's work with our own strength, and that can lead to pride. However, when we recognize our weaknesses, we allow God to fill us with his power, then we become stronger than we could ever be on our own. When God uses our weaknesses, we can only give him all the glory for what is accomplished. If God only used us in areas where we are the strongest, we would be tempted to claim credit for, and bring attention to, ourselves instead of giving God the glory. When God uses us in spite of our weaknesses, it helps give hope and encouragement to others. They will come to realize they can be used of God also.

Remember that God created you, to include all your weaknesses. No doubt God purposely left your weaknesses in your life for a purpose -- to demonstrate his power through you. God keeps us humble by using our weaknesses for his glory, and takes away our pride, arrogance, and selfish tendencies to claim credit for ourselves for what God does. Paul wrote: "For Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV).

I once knew a youth minister who signed all his correspondence with "Striving to be Weak." What he was saying was that when he is the weakest, God is his strongest in his life. And he wanted to avoid the temptation of taking any credit for what God is doing through him. Don't forget, our underlying purpose is to serve God, not others. But we serve God by serving others.

I really like the way Peter describes what our attitudes should be towards serving God: "Each one should use whatever gift (spiritual gift, ability, talent) he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen" (I Peter 4:10-11). We are only fully alive when we're helping others.

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Monday, April 14, 2008

You Were Shaped for Serving God

Chuckle: "If people don't like tailgaters, why do they buy bumper stickers?" --Unknown

Good Quote: "You're not saved by service but you are saved for service." --Rick Warren

YOU WERE SHAPED FOR SERVING GOD!

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do the good works which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone serves, he should to it with the strength God provides. . . To him (God) be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV).

To this point, we have been using Rick Warren's "Meditations on The Purpose Driven Life" as the primary resource for our daily devotions. We have discovered that we are not on earth by chance. God put everyone of us here for specific purposes. First, "You Were Planned for God's Pleasure." Second, "You Were Formed for (God's) Family." Third, "You Were Created to Become Like Jesus." Today, we move on to the fourth purpose for your life and mine, "You Were Shaped for Serving God." We are uniquely made for service by God himself -- to make a difference in the lives of others. In our Scripture passages, we are told that we have been created in Christ for service, and that each of us has been gifted by the Holy Spirit and we are to use these gifts for service to glorify God's.

God has equipped you to serve him by serving others; and has given each of us grace gifts. The Greek word for "gift" is "charisma," which means "grace gift." The Holy Spirit has consecrated your natural abilities to God, but also gave you unique spiritual gifts. Through your service, using the grace gifts, God is pouring his grace into the lives of others. What a joyous privilege! Rick Warren uses the acrostic, SHAPE to show the various ways you have been shaped by God for service: S -spiritual gifts, H - Heart/passion, A - Aptitude/skills, P - personality, E - Experiences. When you evaluate yourself in these areas, you begin to see how God has shaped you for service. Then take your place among the faithful.

God has also provided the power for you to serve -- he powers your equipment. An electric tool is useless with a power source. God powers our gifts of service by his Holy Spirit. Trying to serve in our own strength makes us ineffective as God's instruments and results in frustration and burn-out rather than fulfillment. "If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides."

Finally, God is glorified when you serve using his gifts and his power. "To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." Using God's gifts and power is all about bringing glory and honor to Him -- exalting Him. God intends that we use our gifts with his power through the church, the body of Christ, to magnify his name. Like a telescope magnifies its target, our service magnifies our Lord and makes Him more visible and appealing to those around us. We must never forget that our primary goal is to glorify God - not to serve others, but we do this by our service to others. "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work" (Jeremiah 1:5 NCV).

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Friday, April 11, 2008

Becoming Like Christ, Part 3

Chuckle: A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a great time as I am." --Unknown

Good Quote: "Character development always involves a choice and temptation provides that opportunity." --Rick Warren

GOD'S PROCESS FOR MAKING US LIKE JESUS:

". . . until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ (completely like him)" (Ephesians 4:13 NLT).

A brief review: In an earlier lesson, we saw that discipleship is a word used to describe God's process for making us like Jesus. The Bible tells us, ". . . we arrive at real maturity -- that measure of development which is meant by 'the fullness of Christ.'" We will never attain complete Christlikeness, but our journey toward that end will last a lifetime. That is unless you have the attitude of the little boy in our "chuckle," "I'm having a great time as I am." God will lead us to maturity if we love him and have a burning desire to please him by letting him transform us into the likeness of Jesus.

God is more interested in how closely our lives come to resemble Jesus than he is in the time it takes to get us there. "God is more interested in strength and stability, than swiftness." Today we have "instant" everything from coffee to oatmeal, but there is no instant Christlikeness or shortcut to make us like Jesus. Real spiritual growth and maturity is gradual and takes time. "Our lives gradually becomes brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him" (2 Corinthians 3:18 The Message).

You may become impatient at the pace of your spiritual growth, but be prepared for a life-time journey. And at every point along that journey, you will come to realize how far you yet have to go to become like Jesus. Just give your life totally to Him, along with you unwavering commitment to discipleship, and leave the pace of you growth up to Him. God has promised to never leave us or give up on us. "And I am sure that God, who began a good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again" (Philippians 1:6 NLT).

When James Garfield, later to become President of the United States, was principal of Hiram college in Ohio, one father asked him if the course of his studies could not be shortened so that his son might be able to complete his studies in less time. "Certainly," Garfield replied. "But it depends on what you want to make of your boy. When God wants to make an oak, he takes a hundred years. When he wants to make a squash, he requires only two months." Here are some important questions each of us must answer with and unconditional "yes" before God can begin to make us like Jesus:

Do you have a burning desire to know Christ better and more completely?
Is time spent in study and prayer really important to you?
On a regular basis, do you seek answers to life's questions from our Lord?
Does Christ make a difference in your daily life?

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Becoming Like Christ, Part 2

Chuckle: "During the minister's prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Tommy's mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, 'Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?' Tommy answered, soberly, 'I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did -- just then!'" --Unknown

Good Quote: “The dues of discipleship are high indeed, and how much we can take so often determines how much we can then give.” --Neal A. Maxwell

GOD WANTS TO MAKE US LIKE JESUS (Unless otherwise noted, quotations are from Rick Warren's "Meditations on the Purpose Driven Life.")

". . . we will in all things grow up into him who is the head (of the church)" (Ephesians 4:15). "And we . . . are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV).

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'" Kevin turned to his brother and said,"... you be Jesus!" In this humorous anecdote, the mother was trying to teach her children to be like Jesus. That's exactly what God wants to do in your life, and mine.

"If God wants to make us become like Jesus (the third purpose of our lives), the question becomes, 'What is Jesus like?'" We can find a beautiful and perfect picture of Jesus in Galatians 5:22-23 NIV: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." When we display these Holy Spirit-given traits, we are being like Jesus. You see, the transformation of your life to be like Jesus is the result of discipleship. This transformation comes through belief in Jesus Christ and obedience to God's instructions in His Word. The process of becoming like Christ through discipleship must:

- Be Intentional: Each of us must make a serious decision to grow spiritually.
- Be Practical: Requires regular spiritual food (God's Word) and spiritual exercise (putting what we learn into practice) through ministry to others as Jesus did.
- Be a Process: Ephesians 4:13 speaks of spiritual maturity as a destination -- a never ending journey. "Christlikeness is the destination you'll eventually arrive at, but your journey will last a ifetime."
- Be reflected in our Behavior: Our maturity as disciples is reflected more in our behavior than in our beliefs or words. Then others will see Jesus in us and be drawn to Him.
- Flourish in Relationships: Our Christlikeness can only be evident in our relationships with other people. We don't grow much in isolation. That's why "assembling ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:24-25) in local church congregations is so important. God measures our level of spiritual maturity by how we relate to and treat other people.

"Christian character development (becoming like Christ) always involves a choice and temptation provides that opportunity." Have a wonderful day in Christ!

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Becoming Like Christ, Part 1

Chuckle: "Why is the word "abbreviation" so long?" --Unknown

Good Quote: “It is, of course, always easier to speak of Christ-like attributes in the abstract than to practice them in the heat of battle.” --Spencer J. Condie

"YOU WERE CREATED TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST" (Unless otherwise noted, quotations are from Rick Warren's "Meditations on the Purpose Driven Life.")

"From the very beginning God decided that those who came to Him -- and all along he knew who would -- should become like His Son, so His Son would be the First with many brothers" (Romans 8:29 LB).

A brief review: Rick Warren has identified from Scripture five purposes for you life and mine: Our daily studies are focused on these purposes. So far we have seen that our first purpose is "You Were Planned for God's Pleasure" through worship and service to Him. Second, "You were Formed for a Family" (God's Family), to have fellowship with Him and other believers within His family (church). Today, we begin a summary of the third purpose, "You Were Created to Become Like Christ."

When babies are born into our physical families, we lovingly look at them and sometimes wish they would never grow up -- they are so innocent, sweet, and cuddly. . . . But we know that in God's natural plan, each of them will grow and mature into adulthood. It is the nature of a healthy child to grow up. It just happens. Likewise, when we are born into God's family by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Bible tells us we are babies in Christ. God desires it to be just as natural for a spiritual baby to grow up as a physical one. As we grow spiritually, we become more and more like Christ, himself.

"The process that God uses to make you like Jesus is called Discipleship." A simple definition of discipleship is following and learning Christ -- becoming like Christ. "God is far more interested in what you are than what you do because you're not taking your career into heaven, but you are taking your character." God's indwelling Holy Spirit wants to produce Christ-like character in you. The Bible says, "As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more" (2 Corinthians 3:18 LB).

Discipleship includes (1) believing (having faith) in Jesus Christ; (2) being obedient to God's Word; and (3) having your life transformed into the likeness of Jesus. This transformation is God's ultimate goal for every believer. We must first have within us the "want to" before God's Word and the Holy Spirit can teach us the "how to" of becoming more like Christ every day.

Have a great day as you allow God to make you more like Jesus!

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

More about God's Family

Chuckle: "I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I had any loose-fitting clothes, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place." --Unknown

Good Quote: “Devotion to the family and devotion to the Church are not different and separate things.” --Boyd K. Packer

MORE ABOUT THE FAMILY OF GOD (Unless otherwise noted, all quotations are from Rick Warren's "Meditations on the Purpose Driven Life.")

"God has given us the privilege of being born again so that now we are members of God's own family. The family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth" (I Peter 1:3 NJB).

We continue with our overview of Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life." The first purpose of our lives is to bring pleasure to God by serving and worshiping him. The second purpose is to belong to God's family as described in our Scripture verse. What is the foundation of this family? "If a building has no support and foundation it collapses. In the same way you need support from other people and a foundation to keep you strong in your walk with God. You find that loving support when you join your brothers and sisters in Christ's church."

Not only is the church God's family, the Bible calls it the body of Christ. When you become a member of the family of God, you also become a member of Christ's body. We are all connected and dependent upon each other. The Bible makes no mention of "lone ranger" Christians. "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others" (Romans 12:4-5 NIV). As a member of God's family and Christ's Body, the church, you are a part of wonderful and responsive support system. Within the fellowship of his church, Christ wants us to love each other unconditionally, support each other without reservation, and be involved together as a team in doing God's work.

Here's how Christ's relationship to the church is described in Scripture. "Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless" (Ephesians 5:25-27 NIV). If we know Christ as Lord and Savior, we can rejoice with the assurance that we a part of God's family. Isn't that a comforting thought? Here are some ways we strengthen one another within God's family:

"Love one another." "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another" (1 John 4:11 NIV).
"Encourage one another." "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another" (Hebrews 10:25 NIV).
"Serve one another." "Serve one another in love" (Galatians 5:13 NIV).
"Pray for one another." "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other" (James 5:16 NIV)."

Have a great day as you rejoice as a member of God's family!

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Monday, April 7, 2008

God's Family

Chuckle: “Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.” --George Burns

Good Quote: “When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." --Dr. Joyce Brothers

"YOU WERE FORMED FOR A FAMILY"
(Unless otherwise noted, quotations are from Rick Warren's "Meditations on the Purpose Driven Life.")

"God's unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure" (Ephesians 1:5 NET).

Last time, we were reminded that God created us to "Bring Him Pleasure." We please God by serving him and worshiping him. Anything we do that pleases God is an act of worship.

The second purpose for your life is to be a part of God's family. There are some who believe all human beings are a part of God's family based solely on the fact that God created us all. However, we must not confuse God's creation with God's family. All were created by God, but, unfortunately, not all are members of God's family. We become part of God's family only through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

God has wanted a family from the beginning of time. Intertwined with the thread of God's love throughout the entire Bible is the thread of his desire to establish a family for himself who will love him, honor him, fellowship with him, and reign with him forever. He wants you to be a part of that family -- his eternal family -- and made provisions for us to do so. Read this incredible verse: "So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters" (Hebrews 2:11 NLT).

"Jesus calls us his brothers and sisters! We're not just called to believe. We're called to belong -- to belong to the family of God." As a believer, isn't it comforting to know and understand that we are brothers and sisters with Jesus as members of God's family. "God has given us the privilege of being born again so that now we are members of God's own family. That family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth" (1 Peter 1:3 NJB). Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again'" (John 3:5-7 NIV). Once we are born into the family of God, how should we live? Next time.

Have a great day as you reflect on your being a member of God's family!

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Friday, April 4, 2008

God's Pleasure

Chuckle: "My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk." --Unknown

Good Quote: "On the whole, God's love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for him." --C. S. Lewis

YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD'S PLEASURE

"You, God, . . . created everything, and it is for Your pleasure that they exist and were created" (Revelation 4:11 NLT).

Rick Warren has written two best-selling books: "The Purpose Driven Church" and "The Purpose Driven Life." I encourage you to read both of these books. In the second book, Dr. Warren identifies and elaborates on five Biblical purposes for the life of every human being. Mankind is no accident, and was created by God for God's purposes. Using "Meditations on the Purpose Driven Life" as a guide, I want to share some of the highlights of the book with you.

The first purpose for your life is to give God pleasure. Contrary to the way some of us act, God does not exist to give us pleasure, although he does so in unbelievable ways. As you study the Bible, you cannot miss the central thread running through its entirety -- that God loves you with an indescribable kind of love. The Bible tells us that God is love -- love is central to his character -- the essence of who he is. When God created you, he made you the object of his love. You were made to be loved by God -- that's your number one purpose. . . . We were planned for his pleasure of loving us and having us love him in return.

The Bible also tells us we are made in God's image. We are unlike anything else in all of creation. We alone are privileged to have God love us and given the capacity to know God and to love him in return. The most important thing you can know in life is that God loves you. He knows everything about you and he still loves you. In Jeremiah 31:3 NIV, the Lord says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness."

The most important thing you can do in life is to love God in return. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment" (Matthew 22:37-38). His deepest desire is for you to know him and love him in return. One of the ways we show our love for God is in our worship. "The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love" (Psalm 147:11 CEV). Anything we do that pleases God is an act of worship.

Here is a great prayer for each of us: "God, if I don't get anything else done today, help me to know you a little bit better and to love you a little bit more. If, at the end of the day, I know you a little bit better and I love you a little bit more, I will have not wasted this day. On the other hand, it won't matter what else I've done or left undone, if I missed the first purpose of my life. So help me, Father, to know and love you more today." --Rick Warren

Have a great day as you reflect on your purpose in life!

Love, Jerry & Dotse