Refocusing on the vision

For the rest of your life follow that small voice on the inside and you will change the world. – Ron Luce. Missions conf June 2007

Jeremiah 29:11 – NIV. 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.

I’ve heard this verse many times in my life. But it continues to speak out to me. That God has such great plans in store for my life.
I read this in a few different versions and paraphrased it below expounding on all that is said in different ways.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “I know the thoughts and plans I have for you.” – Says God. Plans for peace / plans for welfare / plans to prosper you. Not for evil. Not for calamity. Not for harm. To give you hope. To give you expectations to look forward to. To give hope of how all this will turn out in the end.

Every day I wake up amazed at all God has brought me through. Of all the people in the world God has chosen me to make a difference in this world. When I was eight years old God set in my heart a passion for the lost and hurting of the world. I went to Puerto Rico on my first missions trip and was able to share the gospel through puppets and drama.

Through the years God has brought me through so many learning opportunities. This summer I went to Haiti for two months with Pastor Rod Baker. We went down with the one desire, to help the hurting children who had lost everything in the earthquake. We were able to establish a missions base for people to come down and continue to build the nation of Haiti. Also we were able to build 5 homes for children who were living in tents.
The week before I left Haiti to come back to Tulsa we were able to build a school for a community and orphanage where the children will now be able to go to school and be better prepared for life.
The teachers of the school are Christians who love God and who are passionate about serving young people.
It was so cool to be able to serve a country where they had lost everything. Our childrens outreach pastor has a saying that I love. “to give to someone who can never repay you is the greatest gift you can give.”

It’s so true. Our purpose in life is to serve and to give to others. To walk out the plans that God gives to us.
Yes we are to have a relationship with Jesus, but without serving people here on earth then we are just religious people.
We are called with a purpose and we are to never forget that purpose. God desires to do great things in and through us if we will just trust and allow him to work.
Go and change the world today. Mark 16:15 you have everything you need. Acts 1:8 live out today empowered by the Holy Spirit and the spirit of servanthood that comes from Jesus.

Brian Blackwell.

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