Sunday, April 15, 2012

The world "owes" me...

I've had one of those random thoughts rolling around in my head all day. Have you ever noticed how it seems that a lot of people go around thinking that life owes them something. It's as if we have decided that we are somehow owed something besides the breath we take and the sun rising each day. We've missed it! It's not about what life owes's about what WE owe LIFE!

Each of us has been created for a purpose, some unique gift that only we can give. Our job is to find that purpose and GIVE so that the world can become a better place! Each day is filled with chances to may be to share a smile when someone is hurting, or to teach a child, or to simply help others hold on to hope. We were each created to worship God and live our lives in such a way that they point to Him...and we were created to give.

It's not about what life can do for's about what we can do for others in this life.

I often hear students complain about their "rights," and I have to remind them that their rights end where another person's rights begin. Truly, the only "rights" we have as Americans are the rights to life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. I'm breathing - that's life! I am freer than much of the world's population and I have "rights" that allow me to chase my dreams. And I just happen to believe that happiness is best found when you discover that giving to life is a whole lot more satisfying than taking from it.

That's all....just a random thought. This life owes me nothing....I am the one with a debt to pay, and I am having a blast learning how to do that each day. Come on and join me in the fun. Who knows? Maybe we'll start a trend and everyone will discover that joy that comes from paying back what we owe.

The following is from "Discovering your God Given Purpose" from Focus on the Family. (Series on discovering your God given purpose - Focus on the Family) This is definitely a series worth checking out.

"Consider that your purpose is not just about you; it’s about what God wants to do through you. Therefore, if you ignore or neglect your dissatisfaction, what others say about you, your gifts and your passions, you are not only betraying yourself, but betraying God; because He has called you to a purpose and wants you to walk in it — for others and for your own joy.
Also consider that since God has called you, He is completely able to reveal your purpose to you, and He will as you diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6)."

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Psalm 139:16

The Message (MSG)
 13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
      you formed me in my mother's womb.
   I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
      Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
      I worship in adoration—what a creation!
   You know me inside and out,
      you know every bone in my body;
   You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
      how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
   Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
      all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
   The days of my life all prepared
      before I'd even lived one day.


Candace Shows said...

Amen! Absolutely love reading your "random thoughts"!

Ann Kroeker said...

Donna, thank you for reminding me to look where I can give, where there is a good work I was made to do. That's our memory verse this month at church. :)

Ross Jones said...

Thanks for the "perspective adjustment" Donna!