Acquire and use the spiritual power that God has set aside for you.  Be confident in the fact that God will empower you to do whatever work He has planned for you to do. Surrender your own desires and plans to God so you can pursue what He wants for your life. Then, when you obey Him, He'll give you the power to do it! Notice all the evidence that God has been faithful in your life so far, and count on Him to continue to be faithful in your future. Ask God to bring someone into your life who you can comfort with the comfort God gave you when you were dealing with a similar type of problem or challenge. Then encourage that person to continue to pay it forward by ministering to someone else. Stay connected to God in prayer often so you can keep tapping into the power He will give you to serve Him by serving others.

Complete your work with passion.  Don't walk away from tough situations that God wants you to endure to complete a mission He has given you. Pray for the passion you need to push through the challenges. Remember that Jesus didn't quit - He carried out His work all the way through dying on the Cross - so as one of His followers, you shouldn't quit on the work He wants you to do. Pray for the strength you need to remain committed to obeying God, no matter what. Ask God to help you make sure that your desire to please Him will supersede your desire to please yourself by avoiding discomfort. Stay focused on each mission God gives you, until it's completed. Imagine meeting Jesus at the end of your life on Earth and hearing Him say to you, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Adapted from Do Something: Make Your Life Count, copyright 2009 by Miles McPherson. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.bakerbooks.com
Miles McPherson is always doing something. He was the first student from the University of New Haven to be named All-American and be drafted into the NFL. Two years later, after battling a cocaine problem, he stopped using in one day. After the NFL, McPherson founded Miles Ahead Ministries, through which more than 45,000 young people have given their lives to Christ. When he started the Rock Church in San Diego in 2000, more than 3,000 people attended on its first day. The predominantly young, urban congregation has grown to an average of 12,000 with more than 60 volunteer-led community ministries. McPherson has appeared on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The O'Reilly Factor, and Fox & Friends. He and his wife have three children and live in San Diego, California.   To learn more, visit
www.MilesMcPherson.com.

Original publication date: April 22, 2010