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I recently read a story by Dr. Karl Menninger from his book The Vital Balance. He tells of a moment in the life of Thomas Jefferson, who was with his companions riding horseback across the hills of Virginia, when they came to a swollen river. A traveling bystander stood and waited until several of the party had already crossed and then walked up to President Jefferson and asked if he would carry him across on his horse. Jefferson responded by pulling him up onto the back of his horse and carried him to the other side. “Tell me,” asked one of the men, “why did you select the President to ask this favor of?” “The President?” the man answered. “ I didn’t know he was the President; all I know is that on some of the faces is written the answer ‘no’ and on some faces is written the answer ‘yes.’ His was a ‘yes’ face.”

When God looks at your heart, does He see a “yes” heart? Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a “plan and a purpose” for each of our lives. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself what that plan and purpose might be? It can seem like a daunting task to try and figure out exactly what God has called us to do, but it all starts with a willing heart that says “Lord, my life is yours to spend. I am ready to begin.”

Just where God takes you from there, only He knows.   I can tell you it won’t be boring, it won’t be without its challenges, it won’t come without certain failures, but it WILL fulfill you more than anything in this world could. The things of this world seem attractive at first. Who wouldn’t want vast riches? But what if you have everything money can buy and you are still empty? Who wouldn’t want a life filled with romance and relationships? But what happens when those relationships fail? Or worse yet, get you in trouble? Regardless of what you do for a living, God’s will for all of us is that we turn our attention from prosperity to posterity, from superfluous to significance, from waywardness to wisdom, and from carelessness to compliance. God is waiting for His children to set their agenda aside and cry out to Him…”Use me, Lord!” It all starts with a heart and a face that says “yes!”

 

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