Every now and then I will share my thought written on the pages of my journal as I read through the Bible. These are raw and real meditations of my heart...nothing fancy...

I've been reading through the New Testament with a goal of just soaking in the context and re-familiarizing myself. I came across this little snippet, a bio of sorts, of a man named Cornelius. This somewhat unknown man of no fame nor renown lived a life worthy of being "called out" in the Bible and highlighted. This description of a man little known in the Bible challenges me. I want to be known...

as a devout woman...

 

as part of a God-fearing family...leader and influencer of those I love...

 

as one with a heart for the "least of these" (Matthew 25:39-41) who gives till it hurts out of her love for her King...

 

as one who delights in intimate conversation with Jesus...

 

Take a look at these few words that described the life of Cornelius who was then used by God later in the chapter to redefine the mission of the Apostle Peter.

 

 

Cornelius, a Roman Centurion and a member of a unit called the Italian Cohort, lived in Caesarea. Cornelius was an outsider, but he was a devout man—a God-fearing fellow with a God-fearing family. He consistently and generously gave to the poor, and he practiced constant prayer to God. {Acts 10:1-2 THE VOICE Bible}

 

Lord, help me to rearrange my goals in life to reflect that of a heart for You alone. May my daily actions reflect a life filled with compassion for your people. May my daily thoughts reflect a heart laser focused on pleasing You alone. May I be an influence to those close to me whom I love dearly as our home reflects Your abundant love. And at the end of my days, may the story of my life--the words written in Your eternal book-- make you smile, Lord. Amen.