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Why Were You Born?

Monday, October 21, 2019

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"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run, I feel His pleasure." – Eric Liddell

Dozens, perhaps hundreds of times, I stood before various church congregations and community groups and recited the same line. “I firmly believe that the reason God created me and the reason He saved me was to found The Saints Prison Ministry.” I meant it then and I mean it now.

Of course, I moved on from The Saints in 2011 after 24 years as executive director and relocated to Florida to launch Risk Takers for Christ. Frankly, I was burned out and needed a change of scenery. I also didn’t want to start a new ministry in the backyard of my previous one, fearing that The Saints might be hurt – financially and otherwise – by the close proximity.

And so, here I am, enjoying another chapter of my ministry career 1,100 miles away from the first. Admittedly, there are a lot of similarities between the two ministries. First, they focus on society’s outcasts and second, they use sports to do so. But there are also some major differences, such as Risk Takers emphasis on reaching at-risk youth before they get into trouble with the law.

The bottom line is that God designed me to love Him, and to demonstrate that love by pointing others to Him through athletics. From my earliest youth, I loved organizing games, teams, and contests. If a ball was involved and a score was being kept, I was there… usually running the show.

For what purpose did God create you? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Better yet, have you ever asked Him? I can’t imagine living my entire life not realizing how God wanted me to spend it. After all, it’s not like we get a second or third chance to get it right.

My friend, try asking the One who created you why He did so. I think you may be surprised – and relieved – by the answer.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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