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The Word For Today

Your life's assignment

'My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord.' Acts 20:24 NLT

To miss out on your assignment in life is to miss out on why God put you on earth. You're gifted and called by God, and you need to take it seriously. The question is not what are you running from, but what are you moving toward? To succeed you must know God's will and concentrate on fulfilling it. Having a powerful 'why' will provide you with the necessary 'how.' Purpose, not money and talent, is your greatest asset.

To help you discover your life's assignment, answer these questions: (1) What's your temperament and what's your talent? Passionate commitment to a significant mission will enable you to focus your talent and find a new level of ability to achieve. When you care deeply about your God-given mission and direct your energies and enthusiasm towards it, he'll direct you in the right paths. (2) Why do you do what you do? There's a big difference between doing something because you believe God's called you to do it, and doing what your parents, friends or ego want you to do. (3) What do you not do well? Knowing what you're called to do often starts with discovering what you're not called to do. When you can accept your limitations, you're on the road to understanding your life's assignment. When you pretend to be something you're not, you live with a chronic sense of inadequacy and set yourself up for frustration. Don't do that.

Be open to the truth about yourself. Discover your God-given assignment, then give yourself to it.

Soulfood: 2 Chr 19-21, Mark 6:45- 56, Ps 119:121-128, Prov 22: 4-7


Stop beating yourself up

'We all stumble in many ways.' James 3:2 NIV

When you sin, God's Spirit will convict you of your need to repent and change your ways. But until you get your glorified body in Heaven, you're always going to deal with sin. The apostle James wrote, 'We all stumble in many ways' (James 3:2 NIV). But falling down isn't what makes you a failure - it's staying down! Get back up, dust yourself off, receive God's grace, learn from the experience and move on. The Bible says, 'There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1 NIV). God is not condemning you, so stop condemning yourself. A few decades ago, people used to wear a little badge with the letters GNFWMY. It meant, 'God's not finished with me yet.' And he's not finished with you either.Sometimes we're guilty of doing the wrong thing with the right motive. For example, in 1957 Ford Motors described the new Edsel as 'the car of the decade.' Try telling that to all those drivers whose doors wouldn't close, whose horns stuck and whose transmissions failed! And remember the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, where the architect designed a 3-metre-deep foundation for a 54-metre-tall building? How'd you like to have that on your r?sum?? The fact is, the most talented people often make the biggest mistakes. Solomon wrote, 'There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins' (Ecclesiastes 7:20 NIV). And Paul added, 'I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize' (Philippians 3:12 CEV).So stop beating yourself up.

Soulfood: 2 Chr 16-18, Mark 6:30- 44, Ps 119:113-120, Prov 22:1-3


Practise humility

'They had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.' Mark 9:34 CEV

When Jesus asked his disciples, 'What were you arguing about along the way?' They had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest, and so they did not answer...he said, 'If you want the place of honour, you must...serve others!' (Mark 9:33-35 CEV). If, after living with Jesus day and night for three years, his own disciples struggled with the concept of humility, none of us is exempt. Then Jesus taught them a lesson they'd never forget. 'Jesus knew...he had come from God and would go back to God. He also knew that the Father had given him complete power. So during the meal Jesus got up, removed his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist. He put some water into a large bowl. Then he began washing his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel he was wearing' (John 13:3-5 CEV). Then he blew their minds by saying, 'If your Lord and teacher has washed your feet, you should do the same for each other. I have set the example, and you should do for each other exactly what I have done for you' (John 13:14-15 CEV).Chuck Swindoll writes: 'Bending the knee to help others, or to admit weakness, is considered making yourself vulnerable to those who might take advantage of you. Too many leaders view themselves as being there to be served, except for short periods when it's advantageous to be seen serving others - but not for too long...Not so for the followers of Christ. For them humility isn't a religious concept, it's a way of life.'So today, practise humility!

Soulfood: Jer 31:31-37, Heb 8:1-13

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