(Quick disclaimer: I'm certainly not in agreement with the film's take on suicide. My husband Anthony and I saw this movie with another couple, and the lady I saw this movie with said she was so saddened by the ending. Her heart -- and mine -- broke over the fact that this character didn't seek forgiveness and redemption in Jesus, but tried to find it by taking his physical life.)
But the spiritual principal in this movie is amazing. Tim Thomas spent his final days on earth searching for people who needed a new lease on life. At his death, he planned to donate several of his vital organs to people that would die soon without transplants. He gave his life away to save the lives of others.
And shouldn't this be the purpose of every Christian? God calls us to give our lives away.
How do we do this? We live like Tim Thomas did: we have to live like we're dying.
Kris Allen, the 2009 finalist of American Idol (also a believer and a resident of Conway, Arkansas, my new home, by they way) has a great song: Live Like We're Dying. Here's a sample of the lyrics:
- Pray for those around the world that are dying from starvation, ravaging diseases and oppression by other people groups
- Pray for those that have yet to discover Christ's love for them
- Pray about how you can get involved in God's activity in your community and around the world (the possibilities are limitless: short term missions, joining the fight against human trafficking, giving financially to organizations that send aid to suffering people around the world, pursuing volunteer opportunities with parachurch ministries and community organizations, mentoring a young person in your church or community, considering full time ministry)
As I complete this final day of "31 Days of Purpose," I do so with joy and sadness. I'll miss this daily time with you. I'll miss pouring myself out through my blog every day. And I'll miss seeing God move mightily when I stare at my blank computer screen with the cursor flashing on and off. He has written far more words these last 31 days than I have. And for that, I am grateful. Believe me, I never really have much to say.
Please join me in the upcoming months every Tuesday and Saturday as I continue to share God's thoughts for you and I. I've got a feeling in my spirit like there's so much more to say! So sign up to receive an email of each post. And join my list of "Followers." I'd love to know you're reading. Please tell your friends to check out my blog and keep the comments, emails and facebook messages coming. I love hearing how God is speaking to you through my blogs. Makes me know it's really Him speaking through me.
I leave you today with I Give Myself Away by William McDowell. I've posted it before, but it really sums up the desire to walk in God's purpose for us.
Wherever you are on your journey to purpose, choose each day to give yourself away to Christ and to those He died a heinous death for.
Our lives are not our own. To Him we belong. Let's give ourselves away...
Purposed For Him,