What is your goal?

There was a time in my life when making money was my goal. I thought success was measured by how much money my husband and I made and how much “stuff” we accumulated.
Then one of my best friends and her family moved to Nicaragua to work in the mission field. That was when my life began to change. I started to question the purpose of my life and career.
While I had been a volunteer at our church for most of my life since accepting Christ as my Savior, I began to think the things I was doing weren’t enough. I felt like I needed to do more, but I didn’t have a clear answer as to what I should do.
A few months after our friends went to Nica, I felt the unexplainable and compelling urge to visit them. I rationalized that I was going to help my friends, and to take them some much-needed supplies.
As I was planning for my trip, I had no idea that God was working in and thru me. I had friends who had been on mission trips, and while I supported them both prayerfully and financially, I felt mission trips were not for me. I liked the luxuries we find as necessities in the States too much to sacrifice them. Things like air conditioning, hot showers, and dependable cars seemed like things I couldn’t live without.
I had never been outside the US before, with the exception of a cruise to Puerta Vallarta. Being on a luxury cruise ship and visiting resort towns hardly qualify as visiting a third world country. It was an exciting and frightening thought. It was also part of God’s plan for my life.
To make a long story short, going to Nicaragua, spending time with my friends there, and assisting them as they ministered to the local people changed my life completely. I came back a different woman. My goals were no longer based on accumulation of money and things, but on what I could do for others. Enhancing relationships, my renewed purpose in life, and utilizing my time to serve those less fortunate became my goal.
I thank God every day for showing me He had a greater purpose for my life. My hope and my prayer is that in some small way, God will allow me to use my experiences and my new-found purpose in life to show others His love for them.
Fear and uncertainty held me back for many years. God showed me that there is no fear when you look to him for hope and strength.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

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