My life has changed! I used to wake up early in the morning, dash to get out the door, and head to the office to make my mark in the world. I had dreams and plans and I would finish each job with satisfaction, and then move on to create even bigger dreams and plans. I was the triple-A energizer bunny and nothing was stopping me.
Then I had two strokes. They stopped me! I was stopped in my tracks and taken back to square one where I had to learn everything from how to swallow, to how to tie my shoes. I was taken off the expressway to success and laid low. It was an experience I never dreamed would come my way, but I’m here to tell you that by the grace of God, I was allowed to not only survive, but to see His hand at work. I was given a chance to look at where I was and discover where God wanted me to go.
I used to go to work and not pay any attention to the things that simply weren’t my job. I did my part. Other people had to do theirs; that’s the way life works. At least, that’s what I thought.
When God had my attention as I lay in a hospital bed, He asked me a new question. Whose job is it? Whose job is it to help others? Whose job is it to make a difference? Whose job is it to spread the gospel? The answer was the same in every case. It was MY job! God had blessed my work and made it possible for me to bless others. He took me out of the race where I’d driven laps for twenty years, and said, “I have something new for you. I want you to slow down and hear what I have to say.” I stopped then and listened.
God didn’t give me a stroke. He used the stroke to give me a new purpose. He used the situation to help me hear His voice more clearly and to understand the job He had in mind. Whose job is it…to do good, to help others, to lend a hand? It’s mine, and it’s yours! Let’s use whatever resources we have been blessed with to help those around us. It will fulfill our life purpose like nothing else can do.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9 NLT