For the season of Lent, I am reading through The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I have had this book for many years and have yet to successfully read through the whole thing in 40 days. Yesterdays reading really struck a nerve with me. I distinctly remember reading this day previously and wanted to share with you one of Pastor Warren's most meaningful thoughts to me, on living life with a purpose. Day Two is titled "You Are Not an Accident." Now for me this has a little humor to it because I kind of was an accident, or as my parents say, an unexpected surprise. But I know that God had and has big plans for me so it wasn't an accident. But here is what Pastor Warren has to say about our origin.
"God had a plan creating you. God know that those two individuals (your parents) possessed exactly the right genetic makeup to create the custom "you" he had in mind. They had the DNA God wanted to make you."
That is so cool to think about our lives and our origin that way. I am thankful for my parents, but regardless of who they are and how they raised me, God hand picked them out for me before he created the world. And he hand-picked out yours too! I know many people who don't know their parents, or have strained or no relationship with their parents, but in the midst of all of this; it's refreshing to know that no matter your relationship, God picked those two people to make you! And I am so thankful he did!
"I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born." Isaiah 44:2.
On a different note, I'm really really close to my goal...keep watching to see my progress! My goal is not only a number on the scale, but also being in control with food and using it for nourishment instead of all the other crazy things I use it for (stress, success, boredom, etc.)