Purpose

My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. – Acts 20:24 NLT
 
Almighty God, deep within my heart is the longing to matter. I want my life to count, to make a difference, to be worth something. Everywhere I look, I see others who are more successful, more gifted, more this, more that. But one of the great lessons of your Word is that the heroes of the faith—people like Moses, Gideon, Esther, and Peter—were ordinary people who learned that their significance came not from what they could accomplish with their abilities, but from what you could accomplish through them. You have given me specific abilities that you want me to use for a bigger purpose. It’s amazing that when I use my gifts to accomplish your work, my life becomes significant both now and for eternity. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]