Chapter Three - Seeing God In Our Friendships

own brokenness and saw God with her. The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit (Ps 34:17, 18).

Petra now lives each day with greater purpose. She has forgiven her parents and lives to serve others in all she is and does. She lives God’s greatness in her. She is learning to trust God.

When our trust is rooted in God, then we can trust others. The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe (Pr 29:25). This is the kind of trust Joy and I share. It takes work and it’s worth it.

In our relationship, Joy showed me that goal and purpose are not the same. A goal is the place where a race is ended. Purpose is resolution or something one intends to get. Her goal was to become a psychiatrist. Her purpose was to help people. Whatever the goal is, it will always be based on purpose because purpose is the underlying reason for the goal.

Her goal changed when she married a pastor, but her purpose was the same. She still desired to help people, which she now did as a pastor’s wife. In the end, she probably did more good.

Purpose and destiny are different, too. Destiny means a pre-determined course of events. Purpose implies intention. Joy and I were destined to meet, and we purpose to stay close always. Before we met, God had already planned how closely our lives would parallel. He prepared us to be able to work together effectively to accomplish His purpose for and through our lives. Seek first the kingdom of God… (Ma 6:33). This verse clearly states that Jesus must be first. Living for Him strengthens both goal and purpose. We must ask our Heavenly Father to give us the passion of intensity to hold on to this truth that gives meaning to all of life.

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