A Giving Heart Brings Purpose

on September 2, 2020

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

(Proverbs 16:3)

There is a unique reason for your existence. God has a plan that he designed that only you can fulfill for a specific event. He wants us to listen and follow his purpose for our lives. Scripture tells us to put the Lord first, and then everything else will fall into place.

The spirit of GIVING emerges in different ways. I find the path to understanding God’s purpose is not always straightforward. A key is having a heart of generosity. The majority of people think generosity means digging into your wallet, but God also wants our hearts open to share our love, our time, and our talents with others.

God’s plan and purpose became clear to me through an unexpected encounter with a stranger one Sunday night in a parking lot. I drove to Publix to pick up a few items for my dog. A voice stopped me as I raced to the store. A thin middle-aged woman stepped out of her car, “Do you know of a church that might be open?”

“Not at this hour.” I moved toward her. “Are you okay?”
“I need help! I’ve done something terrible, and I’m desperate to talk to somebody.”
I told her I had only a few minutes because my dog was sick, alone at home.

She asked if she could follow me home to tell me what happened. I didn’t feel comfortable with her suggestion, so I gave her my phone number and told her to call me in an hour. I smiled, spun around and left.

She cried out in panic, “I don’t have a phone.”
I walked closer. “Does God play a role in your life?”

She avoided eye contact. “God will never forgive me for what I have done.”

“Do you want to tell me what happened?”

“It’s a long story.” She stood frozen.

Something didn’t feel right about the situation. I paused and prayed silently. “Can I call somebody for you?” She shook her head.

“I can meet you back here tomorrow before the store opens, then we can talk as long as you want.”

“I need to talk to somebody now.”

The Spirit nudged me to set boundaries, so I gave her directions to my church and told her someone should be there to help her in the morning. Her eyes welled up.

“Jesus loves you and knows about your problem. I will pray peace and protection over you for tonight. Prayers always make me feel better.”

As I walked away, Matthew 25:40 came to mind, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” The scripture I remembered gave me the confidence to know I followed God’s plan.

After I exited the store, the woman was gone. Please, Lord, help her.

People need the Lord, whether for healing, encouragement, or salvation. God uses willing and giving hearts to help broken people. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes get in the way, or we think someone else can handle the job better, or like my situation, we fear for our safety with a stranger asking for help.
There’s a wonderful promise in Proverbs 19:21. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Walking with God is a day by day, moment by moment decision. Once we commit to the Lord with a heart of generosity, he is faithful to help us move toward a PURPOSE in living.

Thoughts for the Day ♦

Developing a giving heart is an ongoing process. Sending food to a friend who is ill, picking up a prescription for someone who doesn’t drive, or spending time with a neighbor who lives alone is always needed. I remember a faithful girlfriend who sent digital and snail-mail cards every other day after I lost my husband. Those encouraging cards lifted my spirits and helped me move forward.

How has someone served you during trying times?

God created you for a purpose. How do you live out his plan, or are you still looking for direction? If you want more information about purpose in life, please private message me on Facebook or fill out the contact me page.

12 thoughts on “A Giving Heart Brings Purpose”

  1. Diane S. Clark says:

    Decades ago, I spent 8 months in bed and made two trips to Mayo Clinic to get a proper diagnosis. I recall laying on my back seeing cob webs near the ceiling of the bedroom that I did not have the strength to do anything about. After all, I was crawling two stories to the basement and back when I needed to do laundry–consisting of PJ’s and sweats. I was blessed with a friend who LOVES to clean. Janet called and said she was coming to clean my home. Normally I would fend her off, but I didn’t have the energy and I certainly couldn’t tell her it wasn’t necessary. Sometimes we need to know how to receive. Philippians 4:19 says: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Another friend, Paula, would visit my home while I was recovering from a major back surgery after a car accident. She would call and say, “I’m in your driveway. Do you feel like company?” Then she would dart in to say “hi” to both my hubby and I. Next, she would pick up things and straighten the kitchen; then do the same in a speedy scan of other rooms–things that my husband might overlook. Paula had such a giggly, positive spirit. What few minutes or a couple of hours do you have to bless someone who is in need–whether they admit it or not! Further, Paula and other Garden Club friends helped pack our large home and garage for a move to southern Alabama just a year ago. The weather is better for my achy bones as I’m still healing from the car accident. Day after day they came and packed us up! God brought other special friends to unpack us upon arrival in Foley, Alabama. God’s special angels are EVERYWHERE! “Thank You” hardly seems like enough.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Great story, faithful friend. Thanks for taking the time to share.

  2. Ann Kling says:

    Good thing you had on your discerning hat. Listening to Holy Spirit is the key in every situation. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      My favorite verse about Holy Spirit is John 14:26. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things.” I can’t imagine doing life without His wisdom.

  3. Nancy says:

    Good message!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Your encouragement is a gift. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Love this message, I’d like to share for my readers.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Please share, Evelyn. Because of your lessons and workbook, Living A Life Of Purpose, I see God’s path much clearer.
      Bless your work & ministry.

  5. Ellen Greer says:

    Beautiful message. We do need to stop and feel those nudges and act on them

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      So true, Ellen, Thanks for dropping by. Miss you!

  6. Diane Clark says:

    I am grateful for your forum/blog.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thank you, Diane, I needed that! I’m so glad we’re friends and keep each other in check.

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