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