The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord” (Jer 29:11)

When we become Christians, we choose God's will over our own, and what a relief that is when we discover that God has the perfect plan already in place for our lives. Our part is to discover what that plan is. Yes, it takes humility and submission on our part to accept His plan, whatever that might be. It takes wisdom and a faithful walk with God to hear His voice and to search for and discover that plan, but the wise Christian will choose God's plan over their own any day. It's the perfect way for each and every life.

To have a plan in place in our lives also gives us a sense of purpose. A sense of purpose means a reason to get up in the morning and a reason to press forward. In another part of scripture, it says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov. 29:18) Isn't this so true? To live without a purpose is to merely exist and have no reason to do or to be anything. Why bother? But, to have purpose adds quality to a life: in comes the possibility of making a change in our environment, making the world a better place, relieving pain and suffering – contributing something worthwhile – and, to the Christian is added the purpose planned out by a miracle-working God! The possibilities are endless. William Quarrier, through faith in God, built a village for orphaned children in the 1870s. George Muller, built orphanages in Bristol without ever having a penny. He prayed in the money to build the orphanages and to keep them running. In our own day, Bruce Olson went out alone to Colombia as a teenager with less than $20 in his pocket and through prayer has seen a headhunting tribe converted and schools and hospitals built. The list could go on and on.

It doesn't matter if you are brim full of talent or not. It doesn't matter if you are an excellent communicator or not. It doesn't matter if you travel the world with your job or if you are housebound or in prison, God has a plan for each life – and a purpose that will bring life and joy to ourselves and to others – and glory to His holy name. Praise Him!