Lord, this year help me to only pursue purpose and in that pursuit find grace.
Help me to open my eyes and seek opportunities to help others. Help me to embrace that the pursuit of purpose leads to happiness.
Help me to keep going when I feel overwhelmed by the needs of others around me. Remind me in those moments that using the gifts you gave me, my talents, my time, my connections, my education, my resources is exactly what pleases you. Help me to embrace that filling is achieved through emptying.
Help me to be on guard against greed. Greed is sinister and subtle. It robs me while it enriches me. Help me to not assume that if it comes to me, that it is for me. Help me to know that in my attempt to become full, if driven by greed, that I become empty.
That purpose is firmly rooted and grows only when I focus on the world around me as opposed to focusing on the world within me. That a life is always measured by how much of it was given away.
Grace me with purpose and meaning so that I can deliver happiness and hope to those around me and in that pursuit, I find peace and happiness.
Lord, help me to give myself away as Jesus gave himself away for me. Help me to do for others as God has done for me. Help me to be a means to an end that doesn’t end with me.
In Jesus name I pray, AMEN