I saw this on Facebook (thank you, Princess).
I’ve believed this for many years. Even when living in difficult circumstances and not-so-desirable surroundings, I knew I was there for a purpose. He must have a reason for placing me, at this point in time, among these people.
I do believe He ordains our moments. And, in that, He must be concerned about those who cross our paths. I think He does as He wills among the inhabitants of the earth and He is greatly concerned for our well-being and character development (Psalm 139; Dan 4:35; Psalm 33:14; 1 Pet 5:7; Psalm 55:22; James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:6; 1 John 4:20).
These beliefs lead me to understand I am not to live for self.
I am not here for me.
I am here for Him.
He leads me down the path He desires.
He determines the people who will cross my path.
How, then, am I to live?
The waitress with the attitude?
The neighbor with the pit bulls?
The friend asking, once again, for money?
How am I to live with all who cross my path…and with those He has placed in my life…for a lifetime…for a season…or…only…for a moment…?
Without counting faults.
For the moment
And a lifetime.
It seems outrageous.
It’s too much to ask.
It’s more than any of us can do.
On our own.
But, in Him…
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
It’s called Love.
God, in me,
Loving others, through me.
Oh, what a purpose-filled life!