story by: lisa petrarca
When I think about my life and all the things that have happened over the years, I remember wondering over and over again, "Why am I here? What is my purpose?
I always hoped to make a grand contribution...make a difference that matters, be a person that others would say, "She did something great with her life!"
Imagine my surprise when at 44 years old, I realized that I have made a difference, I have a purpose, I can help others.
Each day I'm given opportunities to reach out and either encourage or discourage people. I have a choice. I can make a conscious decision on how I will treat people. I can be a person of great Godly character by making a right choice each step of the way. I can push through my difficulties and reach out to the Lord for help. I can pray for others and be a source of strength and comfort when they need a shoulder to lean on.
I am here for a purpose, I've been assigned a task that is very important. A job not for the faint of heart or the weary.
I can complete my hours each day and know that I've run the race, I've sailed my sea, I've climbed my mountain, I've conquered my fears.
All this has been possible through the Lords loving guidance each morning.
He assigns special people to cross my path. He fills me with His spirit of unconditional love so that I can then go out and be a blessing. That is our purpose, our job, to show the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to everyone we come in contact with.
It's that simple!
Then out of that love will flow your individual gifts and talents. Start at the beginning, start with love and then you'll know you're on the right road to finding your true life purpose.
Love conquers all!
And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self -seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 & 13