A purpose-filled life
Joshua lived until the ripe old age of 110, and he fulfilled all that God set before him. As we all live on this earth, that’s all we can ever ask for...long lives full of purpose. It’s crucial that we find out what that purpose is, so that when we’ve also reached the end of our days, we haven’t left anything unchecked on our task lists.
Time goes by very fast! When my husband and I were very young, we thought it would be fun to grow old together. Now that we’re looking at each other’s grays, we’re amazed that our goal of growing old together is already happening! So, he just asked me this evening, “What’s your purpose?”
After spending my entire adult life as a stay-at-home mom of six kids, I considered that to be my purpose. There wasn’t really time to figure out what more I could do. But, now that my kids are grown and gone, I’ve spent more time asking God to show me the way through this next phase of my life. What do I do now, Lord?
So, my answer to Hubby was something like, “Right now, writing about the Scriptures is my purpose. I’m just trying to be obedient. Someone may stumble across it and benefit from it somehow. It may not even be for our time, but for someone in our grandkids’ generation.”
Then, of course I asked him, “What’s your purpose?” And, his response was, “My purpose is to have a positive impact on my children...and on you. I just want to have a positive impact on everyone that I come across. And to be obedient to God by helping people. After I’m gone, I want you to say, ‘He was a good man.’”
His words really warmed my heart. I know that what he says is the God’s honest truth because I have been an eyewitness. Once, when we were out to dinner, he noticed a mom eating with her three young boys. After they said grace over their food, they proceeded to enjoy pleasant conversation with their mom throughout dinner. My husband smiled and said that they reminded him of our sons when they were little.
At the same time, he noticed an elderly lady eating alone at another table. When he struck up a conversation with her, he found out that her husband was in the hospital just up the street. She had just taken a break from visiting him to grab a bite to eat. When the server brought our bill for Hubby to pay, he also asked for the bills of the other two tables. And, he paid all three.
Just a couple of weeks ago, we stopped at the grocery store for some M&Ms. He was going to run in quickly, so I stayed in the car. But before he went inside, I noticed him talking to a man who had been standing outside the store alone. He looked like he might have been hanging out there for quite some time, with nowhere to go. After they exchanged a few words, Hubby went inside the store.
When he finally came out, I saw him smiling and talking to the man while he handed him a couple of bags of food. I smiled and said to myself, “There he goes again.”
It turns out that the man had been standing there asking people for money. But instead of giving him a couple of dollars, Hubby asked if he was hungry. When the man said yes, he said, “Okay wait here.” He bought the man a rotisserie chicken, a salad, some rolls, and a bottle of juice. I think he even bought him some M&Ms, too.
I could probably fill an entire book with the things he's done and continues to do to help as many people as he can. He’s not one for grand gestures, but prefers the one-on-one personal touch when reaching out to others.
His most impactful help has been to all the people he has either hired or referred for employment elsewhere. It’s one thing to give someone a dollar, but to help someone get into position to make money for themselves is empowering. His favorite people to hire are the ones who need employment the most.
So, these are some of the things that crossed my mind as he said, "When I’m gone, I want you to say, 'He was a good man.'" I smiled at him and said, "I don’t have to wait until you’re gone. I tell you that all the time. You’ve always made a positive impact in my life. Well...most of the time."😜
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