January 25, 2018

A Good and Faithful Servant

I am sitting in the hotel in Vienna, Austria, thinking about how blessed I am.  At this point in my life I should be resting at home in retirement and yet God in His infinite mercy and grace has allowed me to continue to sing His songs and share His love to the world. I’m not worthy of this great blessing but I’m thankful for it. I have so many wonderful friends around the world who love what I do and it brings great blessing to them. I will continue to do what I’m doing as long as I’m able.

Many people go their entire lives not knowing what life is all about, why they are here, and where will it all end. I think I have found the purpose for my life and though it is tough, it is also rewarding and full of meaning and purpose as I share the life-giving grace that has been extended to me.  I’m not a preacher and am basically shy but I know this; There is a God who made us all, who loves me and you and He has a wonderful plan and purpose for everyone who will trust Him with their life.

We all take different roads because each one has distinctly different paths that they will take. To find your unique purpose, you must first find the one who gave you life, the one who knows you better than you know yourself. He formed you in your mother’s womb and He knows what will give you the greatest satisfaction.

The apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”. Paul found the ultimate purpose for his life; to follow his Lord in obedience. The greatest satisfaction you will ever enjoy is to know that God is leading you in your life and you are following Him. When thinking about the brevity of life, it’s where we will spend eternity that is the ultimate question. If we have 70+ years here, we are fortunate. Some live much longer and some have less time. It’s really not about the quantity of years you have but the quality of the years you have been given that measure your success in life.  Jesus had only a short period of time to complete His mission on earth but He was faithful to His calling until the end and He lived a perfect life without sin.

I have fallen many times and yet God has never given up on me because my heart’s desire is to be obedient to His will. My greatest joy will be realized when my life is over and I enter into the presence of God and hear Him say to me “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter now into the joys of the Lord”.  Eternal life forever with my Lord will be finally realized. Exciting!

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