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Shining Moments

Have you ever felt the pain of being passed by?

Ever known the sadness of watching someone who could help-

just walk on by?

Years ago I was jogging back to my home on a late Saturday morning.

Suddenly I tripped and fell down hard

sprawling on the slate sidewalk.

The shock of the fall left me stunned for a few minutes.

Cars continued to go back and forth

but no one slowed –

No one rolled down the window to ask if they could help.

I remember that as I lay there in pain both knees bleeding

I couldn’t believe how they just continued to drive on by.

To tell the truth, that hurt far worse than the physical pain.

But it was a good pain.

Why?

Because I had a first hand experience of what it feels like to have a genuine need

and  to be passed by.

Again a few years later, I remember the helplessness I felt standing in the crowded

Frankfurt airport needing help,

Yes, desperately needing help and asking for it

only to have one person after another pass me by.

But He never passes anyone by.

No, God is always Faithful

and He continues to teach us the importance of opening our eyes to see the needs of others.

No matter how it might seem

He sees our deepest need

and He cares.

He is never too busy,

or afraid to get involved.

He loves with an incredible love.

So as you live one day at a time, look around you.

Who could use a hand or two?

Who needs a word of encouragement or a visit?

Step into life,

resist that tendency to simply 00003pass on by.

As we give our lives away, we  discover our true purpose.

 

Shining Moments

Her small face was tense,

her shoulders slumped.

No matter how many times I bent to talk with her

this little first grader refused to meet my eyes.

It bothered me to see her so anxious

while her classmates were enjoying their experience of first grade.

One day I happened to call her up to my desk

giving her a word of encouragement.

I noticed just a hint of a smile,

the tiniest uplift of the sides of her mouth.

I smiled with excitement making sure to not over react.

“You are doing so well this year,” I continued softly.

Her eyes searched mine as if trying to see if what I said might possibly be true.

“Are you scared?”

There. I said it. Just between her and I.

Instantly she dropped her eyes

and hung her head

obvious signs that I had spoken the truth.

“Oh you are doing so well,” I encouraged placing my hand on hers.

Then I heard her speak in tones so quiet that I had to bend forward to hear them.

“I might not pass.”

Pass?

Is that what this is about? I thought.

Tied up with anxiety and burdened with fear of failing

she was unable to live,

to learn

to become.

Yes, the next few minutes I spent reassuring her

that she would have no difficulty passing

first grade.

And

before my eyes I saw her change.

Fear disappeared as confidence grew.

Panic was replaced with peace.

She began to participate with her classmates

and soon I heard her laughter as she played.

I often wonder how many people struggle in  life

wondering

‘how do I know my purpose?’

‘what if I miss it?”

Or

What if I come to the end and discover that it was all meaningless?

Doubts and questions that sap the life out of today.

Fears and anxieties that burden and block our understanding.

Maybe purpose is more about discovering Whom

and not what.

Easier when looking backwards than forwards.

Even easier as we learn to trace the faint patterns

of His Love in our lives.

Does it help to know one’s purpose?

To discover that life is not about me

but about the One Who created me?

Absolutely,

for then we become totally present in the moment

and the sound of laughter and song fills the air.

Join me, won’t you, in discovering who you were created to be.

and a life that is filled with purpose, peace and passion.

 

 

 

Discovering Your Purpose

 “What do I do?” she asked over the phone. “How do I decide?”

Her question is the question on so many hearts these days.  Knowing your purpose enables you to sort through the wealth of options and to make wise choices.

When I was a child my heart was always sensitive to the needs of others. Whether it was someone in my class at school or the neighbor down the street, I watched people and longed to reach out and help.  But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to see that unmistakable thread that continues to motivate my life. As a result I now experience satisfaction as a professional counselor, certified life coach and a freelance writer. Understanding my own uniqueness and strengths has enabled me to make life choices that continue to bring me so much joy.

How about you? Are you aware of how God has created you uniquely different from anyone else on earth? Have you discovered what gives you the deepest meaning and satisfaction in life?

We are all bombarded on every side by decisions. It is too easy to settle for the good and miss the most important things in life. It is too easy for one to be so busy that you miss what would give you the deepest sense of joy and satisfaction in life.

That is where having a coach makes a big difference.

A coach helps you look at where you are in life and helps you get to where you want to be. A coach teaches you skills so that you can make better decisions and develop a greater sense of purpose in your life.

For the next few days I along with several thousand others will be attending the American Association Christian Counselors World Conference in Nashville Tn. I am looking forward to learning and growing in ways that I can further help others to discover greater meaning and purpose in their lives.

So until Monday remember–

 

  Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller

 

 Maybe its time for you to discover your purpose.