There Is Still Work For You To Do

Recently, My step daughter Traci called and during our conversation she mentioned a friend of their family lost their twenty something year old daughter in a car accident. I was sad to hear that any parent had to bury their child. But it got me thinking. When we lose a young person, it always seems to affect me differently than an older person. Why is that? I think we see their life cut short as a disservice. We wonder why would God allow them to die at such a young age.

Over the years I have lost friends and asked God why? A few years ago, after a young man in my church suddenly died, I started asking God “Why am I still here?”. For a long time I didn’t get any answers. Then one day I was doing breakfast duty in my school. I noticed a young lady who for some reason came to school everyday with clothes way too tight. Well I finally asked her why her clothes did not fit her. She said “This is all my momma gave me”. I asked her, what size she wore, she didn’t know. At the time, I wore a 16 and she was bigger so I guessed she had to wear a 18.

We checked her jeans they were a size 12, the shirt was too small too, it was a medium. I left work and headed to Wal-Mart to buy some clothes. I explained to the manager what I needed. He offered me a gift card. With my donated funds and the gift card, I was able to buy her some clothes, under garments and a pair of shoes. On my way back to school I heard a voice say “There is still work for you to do”.  There was my answer. The rest of the week I thanked God for answering my prayer. I still had work to do.

Just because a life is cut short does not mean their life didn’t have purpose! The days we are given are precious. I learned a young life still has purpose. They loved, they shared and they mattered. And they made an impact. Youth has nothing to do with living out our purpose. I still have work to do. And if you’re reading this today so do you. Use your time wisely. Ask God” Why am I still here?”.

Lesson learned.

God’s Reminder

Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. – Proverbs 27:1

Devotion Written By

<a href="" target="_self">Paula Sanders Blackwell</a>

Paula Sanders Blackwell

I am an Educator and writer. I am the author of the new devotional book "Lessons from My Hard Head", and The 90 day Prayer Journal.

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