Steve Maraboli (via wasted-misery)
best quote ever
You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.
- Dr. Rick Warren
When God created you, He deposited in you everything that you need in order to fulfill your calling. He gave you the desire and the ability. He equipped you with gifts and talents. No dream is too big. No challenge is too great.
What happens a lot of times is that people don’t recognize what’s been placed within them because at first it seems subtle. The gift may not be evident in the beginning. It starts out in seed form. But just like planting a seed and tending to it will help it grow and develop fruit, when you tend to the seeds inside of you, they will begin to produce. How do you tend to the seeds? By reading, studying and meditating on the Word of God. By following His commands and keeping Him first place in your life.
Always remember, even if you aren’t clear about God’s direction for your life, when You put Him first place, He promises to lead and guide you. As you draw close to Him, as you gain knowledge of Him, His power gives you everything that you need!
WOW this is really beautiful. I’m so grateful that I saw this.
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
4 Which comforteth us in all our tribulation, [d]that we may be able to comfort them which are in any affliction by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the [e]sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation aboundeth through Christ.
6 [f]And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is [g]wrought in the enduring of the same sufferings, which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope is steadfast concerning you, in as much as we know, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
9 Yea, we received the sentence of death in [j]ourselves, because we should not rest in ourselves, but in God, which raised the dead.
10 Who delivered us from so [k]great a death, and doth deliver us: in whom we trust, that yet hereafter he will deliver us.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3 He beginneth after his manner with thanksgiving, which notwithstanding (otherwise than he was wont) he applieth to himself: beginning his Epistle with the setting forth of the dignity of his Apostleship, constrained (as it should seem) by their importunity, which took an occasion to despise him by reason of his miseries. But he answereth that he is not so afflicted, but that his comforts do exceed his afflictions, showing the ground of them, even the mercy of God the Father in Jesus Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3 To him be praise and glory given.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3 Most merciful.
- 2 Corinthians 1:4 The Lord doth comfort us to this end and purpose, that we may so much the more surely comfort others.
- 2 Corinthians 1:5 The miseries which we suffer for Christ, or which Christ suffereth in us.
- 2 Corinthians 1:6 He denieth that either his afflictions wherewith he was often afflicted, or the consolations which he received of God, may justly be despised, seeing that the Corinthians both might and ought to take great occasion to be confirmed by either of them.
- 2 Corinthians 1:6 Although salvation be given us freely, yet because there is a way appointed us wherewith we must come to it, which is the race of an innocent and upright life, which we must run, therefore we are said to work our salvation, Philippians 2:12. And because it is God only that of his free good will worketh all things in us, therefore is he said to work the salvation in us by those selfsame things by which we must pass to everlasting life, after that we have once overcome all encumbrances.
- 2 Corinthians 1:8 He witnesseth that he is not only not ashamed of his afflictions, but that he desireth also to have all men know the greatness of them, and also his delivery from them, although it be not yet perfect.
- 2 Corinthians 1:8 I know not at all what to do, neither did I see by man’s help which way to save my life.
- 2 Corinthians 1:9 I was resolved within myself to die.
- 2 Corinthians 1:10 From these great dangers.
- 2 Corinthians 1:11 That he may not seem to boast himself, he attributeth all to God, and therewith also confesseth that he attributeth much to the prayers of the faithful.
- 2 Corinthians 1:11 The end of the afflictions of the Saints, is the glory of God, and therefore they ought to be precious unto us.