Acts 20:23-24: “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

Paul wrote these words when times were tough. He felt compelled to go to Jerusalem but had no clue what would happen when he arrived. He knew it would not be easy. He knew he would face prison and hard times. But that didn’t matter. It was about finishing the race and not stopping before he scored a goal for Christ. His task was to share God’s love and His amazing grace.

We move forward into Spring season (despite the wind). As the flowers begin to bloom we see new life and somehow feel a reassurance that there is life after the darkness. The light of day is getting longer. Although it is incredibly hard to say goodbye to people that we love, new seasons emerge. Times change and so must we.

Last month, I wrote about friends who were diagnosed with cancer. Since then, Jane underwent 16 hours of surgery to remove the cancer and reconstruct her body. Doug went to Mayo in Rochester where they reconfirmed that palliative care is the only option; it’s just a matter of time. Pat died suddenly – a sister torn away from earth in a flash, unexpected and such a bitter pill. Today, we received word that a cousin’s son only has a few weeks, at best, before his body will succumb to liver cancer. Sounds pretty ugly – all of this STUFF.

But the reality is that God has a perfect plan. As the seasons of our lives change, it should be our sole purpose to look to the only source of life and be blessed by the amazing grace that he gives us daily. Although we may be overwhelmed with “stuff”, we must keep our focus on what God intends us to do and be. Don’t waste today; you may not have tomorrow. Share God’s amazing grace with your neighbor today. Do not wait. We are so blessed and take it for granted every day. Tell someone today that God loves them, unequivocally and unconditionally. Two people will feel a spring in their step and smell the flowers a bit differently.

Dear God,
Bless all of us who struggle with our purpose. Despite March Madness, give us direction to make a goal that matters to you and to you alone.

Carole Schumacher

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