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January 14, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Does Life have a Purpose? 1


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Does Life have a Purpose?

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Ecclesiastics 1:13-14

And I [King Solomon] applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

 

Thought for Today

Many people are highly dissatisfied with their lives today. Only 45% of American workers are satisfied with their jobs according to www.careervision.org. Marriage satisfaction rates continue to drop. Depression is on the rise. Why is this happening? I believe it is because people are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. They look to their career for a compelling purpose for their existence, only to discover that, while their job provides for their family, it is not often significant work in the grand scheme of things. They look to their spouse but discover their mate is imperfect and their own affections wax and wane. These discoveries leave them dissatisfied with life itself. This is the same experience that King Solomon of Israel had when he tried to discover the meaning of life. He looked to hard work, pleasure, and the desires of the flesh, but found it all to be ultimately meaningless, like trying to catch the wind. What this really teaches us is that the source of meaning and purpose are not found within us nor in the things we do. True meaning is found wholly apart from us. It is found in the One who created life. God is the one who infuses life with meaning and each individual life with purpose. If you want to discover your purpose, stop looking in or around you and begin looking above you. Look to God.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I believe that You created me to love me, and from that love You give my life meaning and purpose. Help me to look to You and listen to Your voice, that I may discover my meaning in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.—Mark Twain

 

Quote of the Day

The only thing Christianity cannot be is moderately important.—C.S. Lewis

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January 10, 2019, 5:24 AM

Daily Inspiration: Epiphany 2018 Matthew 2:9-11


Matthew 2:9-11

After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

 

Thought for Today

Their long journey was at last at an end. The miraculous star that had begun their quest appeared in the sky yet again, confirming that God was indeed guiding them. This reappearance of the star causes them to overflow with joy. When they find the place where the new-born King resides they enter to find a peasant couple and their infant Son. It certainly doesn’t appear to be the birth place of the King of kings, but the Magi are not deceived by what their eyes tell them. They have the testimony of the heavens to ensure them that this is the right place and these are the people God has chosen. Then, in an act that must have shocked Mary and Joseph, these wealthy and powerful foreigners bow down in that humble place and worship the child held in Mary’s arms. How odd that must have looked. How frightening to have these ceremonially unclean strangers crowd into the place where Mary and Joseph are staying. Now these men who are not “God’s people,” chosen ones of Israel, surrender themselves to God incarnate. They don’t worship God in general; they worship “him,” the baby Jesus, as if He were God. They offer Him gifts of love and devotion, a king’s ransom. As Mary treasures up all these things in her heart, does she reflect on the words of the angel, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” Did she come to realize in that moment that “His people” where not just the children of Abraham, but all the children of Adam? This great truth is revealed in this unique and unexpected moment in Bethlehem.

 

Prayer

Father of All, thank You for sending Jesus to be the Savior of All, including me. Help me to have joy today knowing that from the very beginning You sent Jesus to be my Savior. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog. ― Philip Yancey

 

Quote of the Day

At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. — Queen Elizabeth II

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January 9, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Epiphany 2018 Matthew 2:3


Matthew 2:3

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

 

Thought for Today

Having just celebrated Christmas with the whole world we might believe that everyone is happy when God begins to move in powerful ways in our world. This is not the case. In fact, most people struggle when they discover God is up to something big. This was the case when the wise men arrived in Jerusalem. We know that Herod was threatened by the news that a new King had been born. What most people miss is that “all Jerusalem [was troubled] with him.” Herod was trying to hide his concern in order to trick the wise men into revealing the baby’s location, so he was not stirring up the people. They get nervous for their own reasons. God’s activity, while always for our good, does not always mean peace and security. In the Old Testament it often meant that armies were on the move. This time it would mean religious conflict between the Jesus, the crowds and the religious elite. Even Jesus acknowledged that His coming would “not bring peace but a sword” (Matt. 10:34). So do not be surprised if people you know get nervous when they hear that God is up to something big around them, but tell them anyway.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I know You are at work around me and that Your activity can make others uncomfortable. Give me the words to speak to them that will open their eyes and hearts to Your work in their lives. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God has not called you to get agitated about His work, to get worried and disquieted on His account. He has called you to be a fellow worker, His co-worker ― Sunday Adelaja

 

Quote of the Day

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. — Kurt Vonnegut



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01-09-2019 at 10:47 AM
LILLIAN SWAIN
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