“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). We all have a purpose. Psalm 139 says that before we were born all the days ordained for us were written in His book (v.16). We are fearfully and wonderfully made to bring glory to our Creator (v.14). One way we do that is by meeting the needs of others and by the way, this can relate to our American Legion home as well. We always need volunteers brothers and sisters. The post can not survive without them...... There is a never ending list of projects and helping others truly does bring glory and honor to Him. What can I do, you ask? A lot! Remember, We all have a purpose.
We often ask ourselves, Why am I here? Why did God create me? What is my purpose in life? Our first purpose of course is to glorify God. Glorifying God means to acknowledge His greatness, feeling and thinking and acting in ways that reflect his greatness. It's simple really, 1 Corinthians 10:31 says "Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God." As we go through our day, think of ways that you might bring Him honor and glory... maybe doing for others cheerfully without expecting thanks in return. Finding your purpose in His plan for your life is easy if you let God guide you. Remember, We all have a purpose.
A mother of young children may find purpose in wiping runny noses and telling her kids about Jesus. An employee in an unsatisfying job might find his purpose in doing his work conscientiously, remembering it is the Lord he is serving. A active member of a prayer group lifts up another in prayer during their time of need. A veteran sees another alone, void of comradeship and offers a word of encouragement and a cup of coffee. See, Remember, We all have a purpose.
To find YOUR purpose, try listening to God when He speaks to your heart. It is said God speaks in a soft voice, but if we listen for Him, God can be heard. However, we must also submit to God when we do hear Him and obey His commands in order to glorify Him. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) Never forget, You have a purpose my friend.
Let us pray,
I pray that I may willingly submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life – even on those occasions when I do not understand.. and ask that all that is of me may decrease and all that is of Christ may increase – until He is all in all in my life.. to Your praise and glory. This I ask in the name of Jesus, AMEN
DAYS TO REMEMBER THIS MONTH
July 4th ~ Independence Day
Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
July 23th ~ Parents' Day
In the United States, Parents' Day is held on the fourth Sunday of July. This was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law (36 U.S.C. § 135) for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott. It was supported by members of the Unification Church which also celebrates a holiday called Parents' Day, although on a different date. Parents' Day is celebrated throughout the United States.
July 27th ~ Korea Armistice Day
July 1998 marked the 45th anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 through 1953. To mark the anniversary, President Bill Clinton proclaimed July 27 a national day of recognition to commemorate the more than 37,000 U.S. service personnel who lost their lives during the war. In doing so, the president called "upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that honor and give thanks to our distinguished Korean War veterans." Since that time, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day has been celebrated each July in community memorial services throughout the country and with speeches and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The ceremonies in the nation's capital have attracted as many as 5,000 participants and have included such dignitaries as Ambassador Lee Tae Sik of the Republic of Korea. As directed by the president's proclamation, U.S. flags are flown at half-staff on July 27th in remembrance of the U.S. personnel who lost their lives during the 37 months of combat in Korea.