Recalling families that have been labeled ‘dysfunctional’, I thought of how that label was derived; what was its conception. Was it so because individuals perform comparisons and see their family as lacking something, as less than perfect, as flawed – as dysfunctional (not performing normally; acting outside social norms or malfunctioning)?
Then I thought – we are all a part of God’s design. Just as He called into being the majesties of the earth and the heaven, we are placed in our families, by none less, than divine design. Where or what is the dysfunction in that divine placement? Could David’s family be construed as dysfunctional? What about Abraham’s family? But – look how God used their family members. Joel Osteen preached a good sermon the other day: “don’t allow yourself [your family] to be labeled as damaged goods: don’t allow yourself to see your family as none other than good. Being a member of your family, whose actions are sometimes less than perfect, is not a mistake. It is purposed. Nothing that happens in our lives is by chance.” Continue reading →
Recently, music icon, Michael Jackson, died unexpectedly. Some say he died before his time. I disagree. Just this week, an airbus crashed in the Indian Ocean. The only survivor was a five year old little boy. Upon hearing of this event, my daughter said to me, “I wonder what his purpose in life is?” The mere fact that he survived, under incredible circumstances, is a miracle. How does this little survivor fit into the realm of things? What history is he to create?
The Bible says we are predestined. It also says that God knew and formed us before the foundations of the earth. Scripture also says that He will perfect that which concerns us. God’s Word also says that we have a specific purpose, but our primary purpose is to give God praise and glory. Ephesians 1: 11 In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.
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Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Lord, I thank You for the plans You have made regarding my life. I know Your Word is truth. I know my life is purposed for something great within thy will. Guide my steps according to that plan. Lord, let me let You be the source of my being. My Lord! My God! My Strength! My All! In You, I trust all the day long. I am calling upon You. For those who are weary give them rest. For those who are lost in a far away country, let them come home. I come to You and pray to You. My Father, listen to me. Hear the cry of my voice, and let it be a sweet, sweet song in Your ear. Let me be strong and encouraged and filled with hope. What time I have been given, let what I do be good and pleasing to You. Let me make a positive difference in somebody’s life. Let me prayerfully intercede for someone in need. Lord, use me. Tell me what it is You want me to do for your glory and your honor. I shall praise Your name, for You are indeed worthy of so much more! By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Submitted via email distribution on August 21, 2008.