"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'." These powerful words by Erma Bombeck resonate deeply with me, and I'm sure they strike a chord with many of you as well. From a young age, I felt different from others around me. I had a sense that there was something more for me in this life, a calling or a purpose that I had yet to discover. It was a feeling that never quite went away, and as I grew older, it only grew stronger. Eventually, I realized that what I was feeling was a pull from God, urging me to step out in faith and follow the path he had set for me. I believe that each of us has been given unique talents and gifts/calling by God, and it is our responsibility to use them to make a positive impact on the world. Your calling doesn't have to be some grand, world-changing endeavor. Sometimes, your calling may be as simple as spreading kindness and love to those around you. Maybe your calling is to be a listening ear for a friend in need or to offer a helping hand to a stranger on the street. These small acts of love and service can have a profound impact on the world.
I remember a time in my life when I was struggling immensely. I had so much stress from work and personal issues, and I felt like I was slowly fading away. One day, I walked into a store and was greeted by a beautiful, older woman. She looked at me and smiled, saying "I hope you have a beautiful day, you deserve it." Her kindness, even to a stranger, touched me so deeply that I started crying right then and there. I told her thank you, and that I really needed that. It's moments like these that remind us of the immense power we hold within ourselves to make a difference in someone's life. Even the smallest gesture, like a smile or a kind word, can have a ripple effect that touches countless lives. So never underestimate the value of your existence and the impact you have on others.
Maybe you haven't quite figured out what your calling is yet, or maybe you have but are scared to pursue it. Whatever the case may be, take comfort in the fact that there is no right or wrong way to live your life. We all have our own journey to take, and the most important thing is that we follow our hearts and trust in God's plan for us. Remember, you are a light in this world, and you are capable of amazing things. May you live a life full of purpose, joy, and love, and may you always use everything that God has given you. I know it's scary at times to take that leap of faith, to trust in God and follow his lead. We may not always know where our path will take us, and we may face obstacles and challenges along the way. Yet if we remain faithful and trust in God's plan for our lives, we can be confident that we are fulfilling our purpose and making a difference in the world. So let us all take inspiration from Erma Bombeck's words and strive to use everything that God has given us. Let us trust in his plan for our lives and be willing to take risks and step out in faith. And when we stand before God at the end of our lives, may we be able to say with confidence, "I used everything you gave me."