Anyways, I feel like I've heard Paul's story so often. It's the one story I remember most from Sunday School. I didn't expect to really learn anything new from it this morning. But, something just didn't sit quite right with me half way through. Towards the end of Paul's life, he makes the comment that he's "fought the good fight". He was already "poured out as an offering.... he gave it his all".
All I could think about from that point on is how desperately I want to be able to say the same thing when that time comes for me. What kind of a legacy am I leaving? How am I using my influence and purpose right now to further His goodness?
I guess it was a reminder for me to stop selling myself short. To stop making things so complicated. To know my story and know my purpose. To believe that God takes ordinary people and gives them a purpose.
It's up to me to know who I was before and after God. It's up to me to know the God-given purpose I have and to pursue God so much with that in mind that I develop such a passion for living it out.
Some times I want things to be so easy, but I make them so complicated at the same time.
Long story short, learning about God's story is giving me a passion for my own story.