April 1, 2008

Encouragement for our lives and sacrifice

"We have no right to decide where we should be placed, or to have preconceived ideas as to what God is preparing us to do. God engineers everything; and wherever He places us, our one supreme goal should be to pour out our lives in wholehearted devotion to Him in that particular work"...Oswald Chambers.

In other words whether we are changing diapers, fixing dinner, serving in a leadership position or just sitting and enjoying the sunset it should all be done in the knowledge that God put us there and has a purpose for us there even when we can't see it.

"Do ordinary things with extraordinary love: little things like caring for the sick and the homeless, the lonely and the unwanted, washing and cleaning for them. You must give what will cost you something. This then is giving not what you can live without, but what you can't live without, or don't want to live without.... Then your gift will become a sacrifice, which will have value before God. Any sacrifice is useful if it is done out of love. This giving until it hurts - this sacrifice - is what I call love in action"....Mother Teresa

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