This quote is from Stormie Omarian from the Power of a Praying Teen. It is so true. Without a purpose, we just waste time.
“FIND YOUR PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE
When I was a teenager, I didn’t know God had a purpose for my life. I didn’t know He had great things for me to do for His kingdom. If I had known all that, I would never have wasted my time doing destructive things and ending up in serious trouble. I don’t want you to waste any part of your life doing that. I want you to know who you are in the Lord. I want you to be certain that God has a plan and a high purpose for your life so that you can move into it right away.”
Helping our children discover their purpose is so important. It may different in a year or two. That's okay. In each phase of life, we may discover that God has something new for us.
My mother tells about someone commenting on her smile when she was young. She didn't think she had any other talents or gifts, but she could smile, so that's what she did. And her infectious smile has been a blessing to many others throughout her 80some years on earth.
Each person has a purpose. It's like a treasure hunt to find it!
Before a recent K Kid event, these words came to me, "Do the most good with the gift you have." They repeated themselves over and over in my head. I knew that they were important. The Holy Spirit was trying to tell me something.
During the event, we talked about God's love and our love for others. Then, we discussed that God gives us gifts to use to love Him and to love others.
The kids were each given a paper bag with one item in each. In each bag was one ingredient to help in planting flower seeds: a pot, a bag of dirt, some small rocks for drainage, a bottle of water, and some seeds. They were told, "Do the most good with the gift you have."
Of course, some of them thought the item in the bag was just for them. But, most realized that they needed to work together and share their bag's contents to plant a flower. Some precious interactions took place. I observed one boy who only used a small amount of dirt in his flower pot. He didn't know that others also had dirt and he didn't need to share. One of the girls was generous with the remains of her bottle of water, not wanting it to go to waste. Maybe some of these small lessons were lost on the younger ones. Maybe not. Hopefully, a seed was planted in their hearts.
Those words have stayed with me. "Do the most good with the gift you have." Some of our kids have the gift of kindness. Maybe they have the gift of serving, of teaching, of patience, and the list goes on. As parents, you may be able to see their gifts better than they can. Maybe we can help them understand their gifts and talents a little more. As Kingdom Kids, maybe we can encourage them to do the most good with the gift they have for the Kingdom of God.