In an age like ours, the message of humility, purity and denying ourselves is neither popular nor appreciated. We live in a time that looking good supersedes being good, and godly character is easily dismissed because it doesn’t receive as many “likes” online.

Well, my dear, God does have a plan for you. This was something I struggled with after my special needs son died. My purpose/ministry prior to his death was to take care of his needs, be his voice and protect him with all the fierceness a mother can muster.

But then he was gone.

Now what do I do? I’m 15 1/2 years tired. Surely God has something else planned for me.

Micah 6:8, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Act Justly … not just sitting anonymously behind my computer screen writing articles and telling people what God wants for you … but to act. Theory into practice. Do what God has told me to do.

Love Mercy … compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone even when it’s in my power to discipline. My first reaction is to snap back when things aren’t going my way. Thankfully God has shown me in scriptures when to be silent and forgive (but I’m still a work in progress).

Walk humbly … what is your heart’s attitude toward our Savior? Personal achievement is a very powerful and seductive idol. When our lives are just about getting things done, like checking off a to-do list, then there is not much room left for God. How easily pride can distract us with all the things that have to be done to keep us from following our precious Lord. We can always make more money but we can’t make more time.

So this is what I’m learning in these almost 16 years following my Clay’s death. It’s not too late to live out a godly, purposeful life. Talk to the One that gave His life for you. And, for heavens sake…and yours….get into the Word of God!

Rick Warren says that “the Bible is more than a doctrinal guidebook. God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being and guarantees our future forever!”

When we open ourselves up to Him in a personal and life changing way, He transforms you from the inside out.

That is the life I want.

Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.

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