LoveNotes

Living on Purpose

The most important decision that I feel I have made was to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior over my life.(Yes, this is about Him!) Although some might not see it as a big deal, I do because it has solidified everything that I felt was true about the world. When the truth is spoken to you, it resonates what you already know in your heart. That is what I felt when someone first introduced the Gospel to me.

Since I grew up never going to church or reading the Bible, my knowledge of what constituted a “Christian” was limited and skewed. I really didn’t even know why people went to church or the purpose of prayer; however, when the opportunity arrived for someone to share these things with me, my curiosity got the best of me and I found myself asking many questions.

I’m reminded of a quote spoken by Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” This is significant because within my walk with Christ not only have I grown as a person and learned about God, the Bible, and how the world works, but most importantly, I’ve learned about His love and how He wants us to live. For me, this decision wasn’t about giving up my life to be controlled, but rather, give it structure and a purpose to be free in who I am and extend my gifts to others.

In living on purpose, I don’t mean just consuming and being spontaneous, but being concise and on-purpose with every opportunity and person. Living to grow and leave not just a physical legacy, but one of good character and “pay it forward.” A legacy that people can look back on and see that it wasn’t me doing these things, but God Himself working through an ordinary person in an extraordinary way. I may not know the real reason that I’m here until the very end, but it is safe to say that a part of my purpose is to love and just “be.”

If you haven’t thought about giving your life to Christ, I ask you to take a moment and reconsider.  I know you’ll be glad you did.

Shiloe

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#lightbeautifulfree

Many years ago,  a family member of a then close friend came into my life.  His name was Frankie (RIP).  I didn’t know him well or for very long for that matter. Yet… he left me not only with the gift of having known him, even if for such a short period but with another gift – freedom and the permission to pursue it.  Frankie was the type of spirit you want to know – joyful, positive and peaceful.  He was the type of spirit you just want to be around and spend more time with.

Trust me when I say losing him was sad for the world, not just his family.
At the time, I was very much into divination (sorry, it’s true) and Frankie, I was told was very gifted, so I asked for one of his famous “readings”. What he gave me instead surprised me. We were all sitting on the living room floor with the two of us facing each other – when he placed his hand behind his back and asked, “What am I holding?”  Taken aback, I answered the first thing that came into my head, “A bird”.

“Give me three words that would describe it”

“Light”, I said since in my mind it was a little bird.new-1045954_640

“And?”

“Beautiful”, since in my mind all birds are beautiful.

“And?”

“Free”, and as the last word came out of my mouth, I surprised myself thinking that wasn’t really a description, although I thought it would be really nice to feel “truly free”.

So, I waited in anticipation for him to give me this grand vision of what that all meant. Was it some great metaphor for the amazing future I was going to have?

Instead, he said: “That’s you, Aida – don’t forget it”

At first, I was confused – and disappointed -what kind of reading was this? Where were all the great promises from the spirit realm?!! But I accepted the reading and promised not to forget.

Unfortunately, this gentle soul passed away a few months later, but he left me this gift. Over and over I have repeated these words to myself as I have moved forward in my purpose – remembering that nothing can stop me, but me. After so many years, I still carry that memory and advice with me. I also realized that the day I accepted Christ in my life, that that was the moment those words became truly real to me.

#lightbeautifulfree: I am light, I am beautiful and I am free…in Christ…

Be Blessed

Aida