Philippians 3:10-14 – I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

Want to know God's will for your life? Then answer this question: "What ignites your heart?" Forgotten orphans? Untouched nations? The inner city? Lost friends at school?

Heed the fire within!

    Do you have a passion to sing? — Then sing!

    Are you stirred to manage? — Then manage!

    Do you hurt for those that are sick? — Then treat them!

    Do you hurt for the lost? — Then reach out to them!

As a young adult, I felt the call to the ministry. Unsure if I was correct in my reading of God's will for me, I sought the counsel of a minister I admired. His counsel still rings true. "Don't do it unless you have to," he said.

As I pondered his words I found my answer: I have to. If I don't, the fire will consume me. What is the fire that consumes you?

Prayer: Father God, as we today seek to find your will for our lives, help us to discern that thing which consumes us and give us the strength to carry on and not look back. Amen.

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Simon MacInnis
Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

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