On Purpose

We all have moments in life when something mundane happens that triggers a train of thought that leads us into a deeper moment. (At least I think we all do since I have so many.) I had one of those moments today. I was walking out of the office for lunch and I passed by one of my co-workers. She said “Hi, how’re you doing?” and I responded “Hey”, with a quick smile in her direction as I walked on. In that second as I walked by her I became patently aware of the confidence I had in myself. I looked around my office building as I walked out and I couldn’t help but feel this immense gratitude for my life. I work in one of the biggest ministries in the world, working for an anointed man of God who has been used by God to bring millions of souls to Christ. That’s something to be eternally grateful for. This thought led me to realize how much I actually have to be grateful to God for in my life. The least of these things being, a stable income, clothes on my back (most of which I don’t even need), food to eat everyday (In excess considering how much weight I’ve been putting on lately) and a place to sleep every night. I can also boast some great non-material blessings that I see in my life;  My life, my health,  my family (Dad, brothers and sister, aunts, uncles and cousins) my close friends and acquaintances (too many and too amazing), my church family (past and present). These are all things (and people) that many of us take for granted while others pray day and night for, but I have them. Not by anything that I have done, these are all gifts, and they’re not the only ones. There is one gift, however that surpasses them all; the gift of eternal life through Christ. The love of God demonstrated in the life of Jesus and evidenced throughout creation. 1 Peter 1:20 says, “God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.” (NLT) I thought about what this scripture really means and it completely blew my mind. See, before God created the world, before He made Adam and Eve, He knew that human race would fall. He knew that by giving us free will, we would make the wrong choice. But He couldn’t take away free will from the equation otherwise we would just be a bunch of robots. So before He created us, He made a plan for our redemption, then He went ahead and created us anyway. His love for humanity was and is one hundred percent on purpose. I’m so glad that God opened up this train of thought to me today. As I seek to deal with the pebbles and mountains in the path of my life, I hope that I will always remember to love Him (and others) on purpose. Not for the gifts and blessings that He gives me every day, but simply because He loves me on purpose. I remember once my elder brother (Ng’ethe) decided to give me “the talk” about relationships and dating. It was a bit awkward and I don’t quite remember everything he said, but there is one statement he made that stayed with me. “Love is not an emotion or a feeling, love is a decision.” I think I may have been too young to understand it completely then but I can clearly see its true meaning right now. I hope you will take a moment to look around your world, realize the evidences of God’s love in your own life and choose to love Him back on purpose. Have an awesome week. Many blessings, and don’t forget to share.

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