I’ll admit that being a stay-at-home mom often feels like I’m missing the mark on changing the world. I know I have such a huge ministry by raising my three sons to love Jesus so they can love others, but I’ll be honest, sometimes I miss my days as a physical therapist, constantly and consistently having an hour a day with someone who needed physical help, but I could also minister to their spiritual needs. I loved being a therapist mostly because I loved connecting and reaching people. But, God had a different plan for my life, and that’s ok because I’m seeing how He is opening other doors for me to love people.
Do you ever pray for a purpose for your life? I do. Often, actually. Today in particular has been one of those, “Lord, please show me Your purpose for my life because I want to make sure I’m walking down the path You have for me,” kind of days. Let me just tell you, when you ask in faith, you’ll receive by faith what it is that you’re praying for. My answer came in TWO – that’s right, TWO – different ways today: a letter and a phone call.
I have these two different friends who are in rehab right now. Both ladies have been in church, both ladies know that God loves them, and they believe that. It’s just that sometimes life has a way of overwhelming us to the point that we can no longer hear God’s truths over satan’s lies, and we can get caught up in some stuff we never dreamed of. Either way, I love these two ladies very much. I am so proud of them for recognizing that they have a problem, and seeking help for it.
I walked to my mailbox today to get a package that I knew was in there [thank you, tracking number inventor] and was surprised to find a card from one of my friends that is in rehab. I quickly tore it open, as I did with the last letter I got from her, and paused in my driveway to read what she had written. I had sent her a picture of me holding her last letter and she told me how much she loved that. She told me some other things, and then she said something that really struck me. “You are one person that helps me when I’m struggling. Before I left, I enjoyed your company. I feel comfortable with you, Denae, and I trust you. And hopefully you and I can spend some time together because I love you and I need you.” WOW.
It wasn’t even 2 hours after I opened that letter that I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. I don’t usually answer, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to for good reason. It was my second friend who just recently went away to get help. I knew as soon as she said, “Hey,” that it was her! I was excited because I had been expecting a call from her. She told me she was going to call me last night, but decided she needed to call her mom first to let her know how she was doing. But today, I was the first person she wanted to call. She went on to say that she knew she needed help, and she appreciated me talking with her last week, and there was more she wanted to tell me, but she knew others around us didn’t need to hear it. She told me how the doctor’s are planning to help her, and then just spilled a lot of what’s been bothering her to me, saying, “you know, the same old stuff,” because it’s stuff that’s been bothering her for a long time now. She cried. I cried. But I made sure she knew she was loved, by me, by God, and by others like her mom and friends. Before getting off the phone she asked me to write to her, and then asked me if I would start bringing her to prayer at our church on Monday nights. We ended with an, “I love you, I love you, too.” WOW.
Both of these ladies reminded me that our purpose is not about our job title, or if we have a degree, or if we even make money daily. Our purpose is about LOVE. John 13:35 says, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” Today, I was reminded that my purpose always has been, and always will be, to love others. I can do that from home in the form of a letter or a phone call. I can love others by spending time with them, even if it’s in silence as they just pour their hearts out.
Not only can I love people wherever I am, but you can, too. If you’re stuck in the “what’s my purpose” prayer, then let me assure you that your purpose is to love others the way that Christ loves us. That can look like a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I can guarantee you that it will make a difference, too. Alone, I can’t change the world, but I CAN change someone’s world, and you can, too. Then, together, brothers and sisters in Christ, we WILL change the world.