by Marilynn Chadwick We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). Do you hunger to make a difference in this world? Even children yearn to discover their purpose. My husband's father, the late Dr. Howard Chadwick, served God faithfully as a minister for over seventy years. He used to encourage our three children to search wholeheartedly for their life's calling. "Look around you at the needs you see in the world,” he would tell them. "Then take an honest look at your gifts and talents. Your calling may be found where those two intersect." Put another way, where is your “holy discontent?” If the wonderful blessings of learning to hear God's voice, draw near to Him in prayer, and claim the promises of His Word extend no further than our own little world, then so what? I am convinced God's amazing blessings during this prayer journey are so that I will be His hands and feet in this hurting and broken world. Therefore, I constantly ask myself: Is my life a so what? or a so that? Just think. God has created you and given you a purpose. He's hardwired into you the necessary gifts and talents to fulfill your calling. I challenge you to pray the prayer God always answers: "God, break my heart for what breaks Yours." Then watch God begin to stir your heart. Lord, how should I pray? What can I give? Where do You want me to go? Start with your own family and neighbors. Next, move beyond your comfort zone. Look for needs within your community. Visit a local school. Become a reading buddy for a child. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter. Better yet, gather a small group and serve together. If you ask God, He will show you where to begin. Why not ask God to burden your heart for a nation that needs your prayers. Pray for their people and leaders. Pray for believers, especially those being persecuted. Research ways to contribute financially. Ask God to make that country "come alive" for you and watch what happens as you pray. My story is filled with places I've traveled and people I've grown to love ever since I began asking God to show me who was on His heart. We live in dark times. But the harvest is plentiful! God wants to use you. Your prayers matter. Be alert. Be the answer. Who knows what adventures await when you listen to God's voice and answer His call.
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