Good morning. Happy Monday to you all!
TFTD: Live on purpose
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, I had the privilege and honor of completing my 2nd half marathon (13.1 miles) in Richmond, VA. I was also was able to see marathoners’ qualify for the Boston marathon. It was such an exciting experience. I saw people crying, falling out and even limping across the finish line. I saw all different races, genders and sizes striving to reach one goal. I saw people grimace in pain and others shouting for joy. All of these emotions told a different story for the individuals completing their races, but one thing held true; we all finished strong! The pain that we may experience is temporary, but the sense of joy and accomplishment that we will feel will last forever.
God reminded me while I was experiencing the ups and downs of Saturdays race, that nothing worth living for will be easy. When you choose to live a life that is pleasing to God, you will go through some tough times, but JOY will come in the morning. Life is about challenging yourself to go higher and get deeper in Christ. While you are on your Christian journey, you’ll cry sometimes, experience pain, and even want to give up, but remember the joy of completing the thing God has called you to will last forever.
I encourage you all to LIVE ON PURPOSE!!!
We are only given one life and we should live life to the fullest. It’s important to live on purpose and for a purpose. God has called you to greater things and you can’t get there if you want to stay comfortable. If you don’t know what God has called you to then seek Him and allow Him to stretch you.
There is a common misconception about believers; people think that once you are saved you won’t go through anything. On the contrary, you will go through some of the toughest things life can throw at you, but don’t fret, God will give you everything you need to get through it. When you make a decision to serve God and to live a life of purpose you can expect opposition. You will be stretched beyond measure in order to increase your faith and to be a testimony for other people. I say, throw caution to the wind and allow God to take you higher in Him. Fear has kept you bound long enough. Now is time to step out on faith and pursue those dreams God has given you. Yes, you will encounter pain, but it won’t last always.
Will you choose to live on purpose or will you continue living just to die?
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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