Shining Moments

Mar 12, 2013


If you’d have asked me way back then I would have said my purpose was

to stay out of trouble

and just be good.

My life was simple; my world was small;

my understanding of God was limited.

Yes, like standing on the edge of the ocean

I only dipped my toes in from time to time.

But as I grew

I began to see more.

Life was sacred.

Slowly I waded out into the world of possibilities

and began to discover that I enjoyed teaching children.

Watching them learn,

encouraging them to do more than they thought they could,

breaking down material into bite size pieces that they could grasp.

Being a first grade teacher was not just something I did.

No, it was who I was.

And morning after morning I would go to school

open the blinds

write some morning work on the blackboard

and excitedly await from my students to come. I held them in my heart.

It was a rich privilege to teach so many first graders.

A calling that gave my life purpose and meaning for years.

But our purpose in life

continues to grow and change as we move through the seasons of life.

The day came when I closed the door to my teaching career

and began my counseling practice.

Still teaching

Still encouraging

Breaking down truth into small, chewable portions.

Year after year

and then that purpose took on another change,

another path.


Cheering people on in their growth.

Teaching skills and principles to foster growth.




always relying on the Helper, trusting His Voice.

I never would have thought when I was a child

that my life would have had so many opportunities.

Only, today,

in looking back

am I able to see those same threads of purpose running through it all.

I live to do the Will of God.

How about you?

Take some time to look at your life.

Do you see threads of purpose?

Let the wonder of what you see,

limited as that may be,

energize you for what is ahead.

Trust your purpose with God.

His Plan for you is good.


Jeremiah 29:11  I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.



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