What if… what we consider to be “the goal” is in fact not the goal at all?

This question quietly tip-toed through my mind yesterday as our waitress hurried about taking orders and filling coffee cups.

You see, our writer’s group has come to know this waitress well over the past several months. She’s very lonely, lives alone (two different things), a non-believer, and she struggles with serious health issues.

Because of the connection, our group has been able to share God-glorifying $ tips (thanks to Debbie’s advice), prayers, and little gifts that hopefully demonstrate to her how much we care.

“Lord, what if Your goal for my being in this writer’s group is more about my ministering to those You put in my ink-splattered path rather than putting my name beneath a published article?”

With that prayer, I smiled as the waitress filled my cup—knowing something much more important had been filled: my true sense of purpose.

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT