Daily Devotion

June 3, 2014

Doing God’s Will

“I desire to do your will, O my God.” Ps 40:8 NIV

Often when we’re starting out, we dream of doing earth-changing things and the thought of tackling them intimidates us. That is yet another reason to start small. Don’t try to help everyone, just try to help someone! Do that, and in time you may find yourself living what Saint Francis of Assisi described when he said, “Start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible.” Even if you never get to do big things, you can find great fulfillment in doing right things. Every act of kindness, no matter how small, is worth doing.

One leader writes: “Little did I realize when I started with a desire to add significance to others, that it would add significance to me! Now I understand. We should not receive anything without giving, and we cannot give anything without receiving.” The truth is, your dream isn’t worthy of your life if it doesn’t bless others. President Woodrow Wilson stated: “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” There’s an old Middle Eastern blessing that says, “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. May you live your life so that when you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice.” And that will surely happen if you live by the scriptural truth, “I desire to do your will, O my God.”