Today's Devotional Thought
January 31, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
What I Want You to Know - Part 2
Yesterday, I shared some thoughts I had after coming back from a youth conference with our youth group. As I stated yesterday, I was just overwhelmed with how much I want our young people to know that I started listing truths that God has shown me over the years.
I shared the first five yesterday and today, I am sharing the last five, well six actually. I added an 11th as I looked over the list again and realized that one key truth was missing.
I pray you know and have experienced these truths for yourself. And I pray that all will know that Jesus wildly loves them and wants them to live a life radically sold out to him.
6. Believe with all of your heart that you have a special purpose. And you have been given gifts and talents to accomplish that purpose. Do not let anyone make you believe that your purpose is less important than theirs or that their gifts are better than yours. You have purpose. Fulfill it. You will not be happy being anyone other than who God designed you to be on the mission that he has given you.
7. The only life really worth living is the one that is poured out for others. I have always gone wrong in situations, decisions, and relationships when I have focused on me. And I have never gone wrong thinking of another before myself, giving to a stranger, or asking what others need in a situation before asking what I need.
8. Miracles are always possible. People change. Circumstances change. Doors open. But miracles only happen when things are hopeless first. And sometimes the miracle is a change in our perceptions or reactions to the situation and not a change in the actual circumstance. Regardless of the form that the miracle happens, GOD dramatically shows up when things look bleak. Seek him with all your might at those times. It is those times that we see the face of God.
9. Things worth having take time and work. Be strong and courageous and do the work. This includes building your own character. Growing into the person who will fulfill the purpose God has for you requires training. Becoming more like Christ and having the character of God take time. It takes hardship. It takes endurance and trust. It is hard work. But it is so worth it. There is nothing like waking up one day and knowing that God built you into the person you are. Through endurance and perseverance, you will develop character and hope.
10. This world is not your home. As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a citizen of heaven. Believe that. Live like it. And find your hope in it when this world gets ugly, sad, demoralizing, and hard. Because it will.
And a final one...Jesus loves you exactly how you want to be loved. Fully. Completely. Radically. So much that he died for you. When you really grab a hold of that, there is no stopping you. Take time to get to know that love and then live your life as one radically sold out to showing others Jesus' radical love. It will truly change your life.