Friday, June 8, 2012

Living With a Party in Mind

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

  - Dolly Parton

Tonight DH and I attended a 60th birthday party for a friend of ours. We listened as his children talked about all that they have learned from him; as his wife sang his praises - very much in love, even after 33 years. Folks from the whole span of his life stood to talk about the many ways he had blessed them - giving material goods freely, being a comfort in hard times, serving before the need was even expressed, and always encouraging people in their faith.

There were numerous young people at the party who have been taken into my friend's home for meals, counsel, and sometimes to stay for a while. These children who were floundering teenagers are now young adults poised to make a real mark in this world because of the investment my friend made in their lives.

So many lives touched!

It made me think. When I'm 60, what do I want people to say about me? What kind of impact do I want to have made on those around me? What kind of woman do I want others to see in me?

Whatever my hope for my future, I need to be on that track now. I need to be living the life I want to be remembered for someday.

I know I want to live a life of purpose - a life that impacts others in a positive way and lifts them up. I want to help people grow in self-confidence and in the knowledge that God loves them and has a purpose for their life.

So tonight I'm asking myself if I'm on the right track. Am I making the right choices now to minister to those around me? Am I making the most of the opportunities in my life now to make a difference down the road?

What about you? Are you on track to become the person you want to be remembered as? Do you have a goal? A purpose? Are you actively trying to become the person you are meant to be? 

Linking up with This Really Got Me.


  1. You are certainly making a positive impact with all you and Drew for Upward basketball!


  2. I found your through the link up. I enjoyed this post.

  3. Great post Dawn! I have been told, "everybody ends up somewhere but few of us end up somewhere on purpose." You are purposely trying to end somewhere. In a life that honors the King of Kings. I want to do the same. So glad you linked-up at Rethinking My Thinking today!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement! I enjoyed your blog and will be back for more. Thank you for challenging me to think.


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