The Encouraging Word with Karen Bonasso

What is destiny? It is our mission in life. It is the answer to the question, “Why am I here?” It is what gives meaning and cohesion and expression to all our talents and personality traits. It is a journey. In the book of Ephesians in the Bible, chapter 2 verse 10 says “…we are His (God’s) workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in the them.” As we “walk” on life’s path, opportunities to do “good works” will present themselves and we will sense God’s grace to do those things. Philippians 2:13 says, it is “God who is at work in you to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

I think one of the appeals of “super heroes” like Superman and Wonderwoman, and the Flash is that they have obvious super power traits that dictate their mission in life. It is not so obvious for us. Our gifts and talents and strengths are discovered along the path of life. As we sense God’s pleasure in the things we do and we allow the Holy Spirit and the guidelines of Biblical principles to forge our character we will fulfill the mission in life God created us for.

One of my favorite movie scenes is in the movie “Chariots of Fire”. It is a story of an Olympic Gold medalist runner who comes from a ministry family. In this particular scene his sister was challenging his decision to “run” instead of preaching the Gospel. His response was “all I know is that I feel the Lord’s pleasure when I run…” What a wonderful thing to experience the Lord’s pleasure in the activities of our life. We are created by Him and for Him. It is our life’s quest and mission to do God’s will. Our destiny is a step by step process of revelation. It is an adventure. It is a daily decision. It is the Gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3: 13 “…that everyman… sees good in all his labor – it is the gift of
God.”

Note to Phil Bonasso: Thank you for pursuing God with all your heart…every day. It’s never been boring to follow God with you.

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