I have the first Bible that was given to me as a young boy. On the front page, I wrote out the day of my salvation: December 9, 1956. My call from God to be a minister came in March of 1964. I was licensed to preach the Gospel on May 15, 1966. Somewhere along the way, it became a life goal of mine to seek to fulfill the Great Commission by preaching, teaching or ministering on all of the continents of the world.
After graduating from seminary, I was ordained as a minister by the University Baptist Church, Ft Worth, Texas, on January 31, 1973. But it was a few years later that I intentionally began a journey to discover my divine purpose. I discerned that my purpose in this life is “to be a blessing to God today, and for generations to come.” I believe everyone has their own divine purpose for life.
Following my minor heart attack in February 2006, I began to talk with our Administrative Council about finding a time for serious rest and renewal. We have been looking for appropriate sabbatical opportunities. This past winter, while the economy was in such distress and the prices for fuel so high, I spotted a relatively low cost opportunity to go to Australia and New Zealand. By faith we placed a reservation. In late spring, I was in contact with Rev. Jim Johnston and the Annerley Baptist Church in Brisbane, exploring ways Dorothy and I might minister with the congregation. As the summer ended, it appeared that everything was coming together for a three-week trip in December—so we have committed fully to the endeavor.
Discerning your divine purpose in life takes effort. I found that time was needed to reflect on the experiences and circumstances that have shaped me. Prayer and meditation guided me to remember those spiritual moments when God’s presence filled me, blessed me and carried me through. Directly ask God all of your questions, then relax in trust that God will make things clear. It is a process that takes time and honesty with yourself and your Lord.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Live out your divine purpose. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.
P.S. The seven continents are North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. India is counted as a sub-continent. Australia and Antarctica are my two remaining missions. Anyone up Antarctica?