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|Posted by Stone Art Traders on 19 July, 2009 at 1:57|
SF (Streaming Faith) Daily Devotional's message on this question though short, summed up the "big picture" succinctly, for me anyway.
It reminds me there is a bigger picture to my life's purpose on this earth, and success lies not in what I accomplish to serve myself, but how well I meet the needs of those whose lives I touch. In the constant striving to meet the immediate goals and objectives we set for ourselves, we often lose focus on THE most important bottom line measure of success. History remembers individuals not for their individual accomplishments, but to what extent their lives impacted others for better or worse. When our lives here on earth are done, what purpose will they have served for ourselves and all the people they touched?
Everyone believes in something, even if it's just themselves. The question is, does your life serve any purpose other than your own?
What about you? What is your answer?
Josh McDowell writes "An executive 'headhunter' who goes out and hires corporate executives for other firms once told me, 'When I get an executive I'm trying to hire for someone else, I like to disarm him. I offer him a drink, take my coat off, then my vest, undo my tie,throw up my feet and talk about baseball, football, family, whatever, until he's all relaxed. Then when I think I've got him relaxed I lean over, look him square in the eye and say - what's the purpose in your life?' It's amazing how top executives fall apart on that question.' Well, I was interviewing this fellow the other day, had him all disarmed with my feet up on my desk talking about football. Then I leaned over and said - what's the purpose in your life, Bob? Without blinking an eye he said 'To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.' For the first time in my career I was speechless."
There are basically five reasons why we don't share our faith more often, and not one of them will hold up when we stand before Christ:
(1) We think it's the preacher's job.
(2) We aren't sure of our salvation.
(3) We fear being rejected.
(4) We've never taken responsibility for learning how.
(5) Our love for Christ has grown cold.
But not Paul: he said, "Whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him."
1 CORINTHIANS 9:22 TLB
Can you say that?
Bishop Donald Hilliard
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