Posted 05 Jun 2013
I’m reading ‘Celebration of Discipline’ by Richard Foster, which is a fabulous book for anyone who wants to delve into the depths of Christian living.
That lead me to look up the Renovaré website (set up by Richard Foster) which quoted this prayer:
‘The Mission of My Life
God has created me to do Him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission.
I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught.
I shall do good; I shall do His work.
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him.
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
He does nothing in vain.
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends.
He may throw me among strangers.
He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me.
Still, He knows what He is about.’
- Prayer by John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890)
There is a lot of interesting points in that prayer. Here are some of the ones which strike me:
1) ‘He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.’
That “speaks” of personal value & uniqueness of service to God; a mission-task which only we can perform.
For me, that has a LOT to do with Bible Cartoons!
2) ‘He has not created me for naught.’
When we feel low, depressed, as if we have no value whatsoever, it is very helpful to be reminded that we DO have a divinely appointed purpose: truly, ‘He has not created me for naught.’
3) ‘Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.’
I love that line, ‘I can never be thrown away’, how life-affirming, me-affirming, is that!
4) ‘He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about.’
That is a simple, yet profound truth: God never, ever does anything in vain, everything has a purpose, even if we don’t know what that purpose is. I think it is our not knowing God’s purpose which shoots us down into sadness & depression. But we can remind ourselves of this truth: ‘He knows what He is about.’ – Hallelujah!
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