August 24, 2007
My Favorite Verse
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6)
As the title to this post says, this is my favorite verse. Why? Because it reminds me that I do not have total control over my own life. And that's a hard thing to admit. I like to believe that I've got my life in my own hands... everyone does. But the truth is that we don't always have everything together. We all have personal things we struggle with. We all fall short of who we wish we were.
In my experience only God can take broken dreams, bleeding hearts, and weary hopes and transform them into something beyond the greatest expectations. God is a God of the miraculous. What is impossible for me is not impossible for Him. All I have to do is look up at the stars. How many do you think there are? Have you ever wondered where the wind comes from? Or how birds learn to fly?
Everything God has created in life has a function, an ability,... a purpose. Everything. Man also makes things for specific reasons. So why don't we believe that our lives have a purpose beyond ourselves? WE DO MATTER. One life can and does make a difference. Our lives do impact others!
But it doesn't always feel that way, does it? Some moments in our lives feel gloomier than a funeral while others feel like heaven itself. Don't let your emotions be the judge of your worth as a person. You are alive which means your life is touching others and that your living has purpose.
Even the simple acts of breathing, waking up in the morning, and realizing our own existence are gifts. They are, at the most basic level, purpose. We do them only when we live.
Don't let life, and all the complexities of modern existence, make you feel small and insignificant.
The verse above is a promise God has made to me.... to you and He NEVER breaks His promises. He doesn't say, " ... he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it if you're popular enough, smart enough, spiritual enough, successful enough..." No. He says, " ... he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." Period. It has nothing to do with our ability or inability to fulfill our destiny. Its all Him.
So my sole "purpose" in this post is to encourage you. Yes life can be big and scary and at times unfair. But it can also be filled with love and hope and anything good you can imagine. So... go out and LIVE.