Tuesday, September 10, 2013

say "yes" to God

my great grandparents, along with their three young sons immigrated to the united states from italy.  they had planned on going to pittsburgh, pa., but the crook who took their money, put them on a train to pittsburgh, kansas.  arriving in kansas, they set up life. They didn't speak english, they didn't have jobs, and they were facing only unknowns.  

my great grandmother ran a store.  my great grandfather worked in the mines.  

at 12, my grandfather was put in the mines to work.  his birth certificate had been altered so he could be put to work in the mines at that early age.  according to the story he told me, he decided then and there that he would not be working in the mines the rest of his life.  God had given him a gift for math and at that young age, he started using his gift.  he eventually worked his way out of the mines and went on to be an accountant for phillips petroleum company.

"the dugone family"
we all have gifts that God has given us to use for His glory.  a cup of cold water given in His name, an act of kindness, stopping to encourage and help out a friend in need - these are all part of our God breathed purpose.  don't worry so much about what your gift and purpose is - just live life everyday for Him.  the "explore God" series had an interview with a woman who said she had found her purpose - "just say 'yes' to God."

"it was only a sunny smile,
and little it cost in the giving,
but like morning light 
it scattered the night
and made the day worth living."
f. scott fitzgerald

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