“all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (NIV)
This week in the Up! devotional I’ve been offering super-practical ideas about how to love and connect with people, even people you just don’t like.
But if you’re going to be a person of love, I think you need to want to be that person. And even more importantly, I think you need to trust that God wants you to be that person.
For 23 years, Richard Halverson pastored Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. He believed that one of the most important things he did at the end of the service was pronounce the benediction.
That’s the moment in worship before everyone leaves when the pastor lifts his or her hands and not only blesses God’s people, but gives them a charge for the coming week.
Today, the benediction he gave to his congregation for 23 years is the one I give to you:
“You go nowhere by accident.
Wherever you go, God is sending you.
Wherever you are, God has put you there;
He has a purpose in your being there.
Christ who indwells you has something He wants to do through where you are.
Believe this and go in His grace and love and power.”
Friends, remember that you made on purpose and for a purpose—and that purpose is most fully understood and realized when you come to know, follow, and share in the mission of Jesus.
Right where you are.
You go nowhere by accident.
By Matthew Ruttan
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