Devotional for Wednesday December 9th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
Our Bible verse for today: “Do not fear; for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Celebrate your purpose in life”
Human beings need a clear purpose in life in order to thrive. It has been said that lack of clear purpose is as harmful and destructive as lack of adequate sleep. We can survive without it, but we can’t thrive without it. The greater sense of clear purpose a person has in his or her life, the richer, fuller, and more satisfying that life will be. I know of Pastors who are still preaching and teaching in their 80s and even 90s. Taking care of God’s people is what they do, it’s what gets them out of bed in the morning and it’s what keeps them going in life.
I once read an account from a humanitarian aid worker in a Bosnian refugee camp about the refugees whose lives had been shattered. They had lost everything they owned – they had no home, no money, no resources, and no prospects for the future. Most of the refugees were depressed and just shuffled through their days with no sense of purpose and with no hope. He said the refugees who seemed to handle it best were the parents and grandparents who had young children to care for. They knew they had to wake up every day and be strong for someone else. It gave them a focus and a sense of purpose.
The issue of purpose and meaning is relatively simple for Christians. Although God may call us to many different endeavors and responsibilities through the course of the different seasons of life, our most basic purpose in life is to know God well, honor Him with how we live, and bless others through acts of service in His name. For many of us we even get to enter a season of life (usually the last season) when the responsibility of jobs, children, and many other things are no longer present, and instead we get to devote ourselves entirely to times of prayer, Bible study, worship, fellowship, and service. Your purpose is clear and you have lots of time for it.
The words of Isaiah 43:1 were spoken to the nation of Israel. God called them by name and redeemed them. They were His and their purpose was to honor Him with their lives. But that’s true of us too. God has called you to Himself – you are His. And although you may have other purposes in your life too, your primary purpose is to know God, honor Him, and spend your life helping to build His kingdom on earth.
I encourage you to spend some time this morning thinking and praying about that clear and primary purpose of your life and the different ways in which you are fulfilling it.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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