Or lose your soul and gain the whole world?
You know how you'll see or read something, but not really process it until the time is right? Well, today, while reading on my new blog friend Emily's page, I watched the first video. Then found the second on You Tube a bit ago. Brian's testimony brought tears to my eyes; for reasons I'm unaware. I guess... to remember the joy of my salvation.
I tend to get tunnel vision; only seeing what's directly in front of me and getting too busy, overwhelmed or whatever other excuse, to remember to see the bigger picture. It's not about me. It's about Him. Telling others about my Father's love, so they too will spend eternity in Heaven. If only I was able to maintain that Heavenly Perspective my pastor always talks about. If only the land of Good Intentions were enough.
I know God created me for a specific purpose. I have no doubt about that. While I sometimes wonder if my choices have messed things up along the way or if I missed that one opportunity. But I'm beginning to think that's not the way it works. Sure, there might be one thing. Take Billy Graham. All the world over, Christians or not, know who Mr. Graham is. His purpose, to spread the Gospel unto the ends of the Earth.
What's my purpose? What's your purpose? I believe he's charged some of you moms with the direct initiative of raising strong Christian men and women. Like:
- Emily shared with me (I don't think she'd mind me sharing this) how she takes her son to school every day. Each morning, they watch the sun rise and she tells him how Jesus loved him so much, that He painted His heart across the sky. This conversation is a direct result of her son becoming a Christian.
- Stacey listens to her astute children and then learns more from the Bible, to be prepared for their questions. But she's also training to be a teacher. A teacher! Just think of the kind of enfluence she's going to have! To this day, I remember every one of my teacher's names and what they did to shape me into who I am today.
- Jennifer has three children of her own, but has always had a desire to adopt. She and her husband are starting the process to bring a little one home. Just imagine the purpose this decision fulfills in the lives of every person this child comes in contact with. They weren't just adopted. They were chosen. (Just like how God adopted us into His family -- He CHOSE us.)
God did all of this. Nothing is an accident. NO ONE is an accident.
So, back to Brian Welch. He used to be in the band Korn, but in 2005 was radically saved. Watch these videos and check out his amazing story. His purpose.