August 19

Jeremiah 1:4-6

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” vs. 5

Jeremiah did not believe that he was a prophet by chance, nor did he think he had chosen to be one. Rather he was convinced that what he was doing in Jerusalem was his destiny. God had appointed him even before he was born and he had been aware of his calling from his youth onwards. Some believe that each of us have been predestined in a similar fashion for a particular purpose…they then spend their lives trying to figure out what that is. It’s more likely that the Jeremiahs among us are a special category…indeed history is replete with leaders who seem to have been born for what they do. We see them as special gifts from God and we’re blessed by their presence. For most of us God’s purpose is more mundane. We make our own decisions about where to live and what to do and then use God’s gifts to love and serve in that context. We are called to let the Light of Christ shine brightly wherever we end up living. That Light does indeed originate in God and was present before our birth, but the manner of its shining is unique to our particular personalities. Only a few of us will be Jeremiahs but we are all children of the Light and a blessing to the nations.

Thought for the Day: What is my destiny?

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