I Have A Mission-Cardinal Newman

The Journey Lies Before Me

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Cardinal Newman

God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission- I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good. I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it- if I do but keep his commandments.

Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am. I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me- still He knows what He is about.

Psyche the Butterfly

Why did I put up this mission? This is what I’m aiming for. I may never know my mission in full, I may not have every detail revealed to me, I may never see my mission fully carried out in my lifetime. Scripture gives us many things that we should do in our Christian life and Matthew 28:18-20 The Great Commission is a good place to start. That commission alone is a tall order. We are called to go into ALL the world and saves souls so they will not have to face the endless torture of being separated from God forever. Like so many of you, I have family members and friends who I know are lost and a few have died without reconciling with God and it breaks my heart to the very core.

Pains that we face, trials that we go through, disappointments that we endure, regrets that we want to change- these things we do not go through in vain. God is not trying to kill us (though it feels like he definitely is!). We go through these things to emerge victorious and stronger than we were before the difficulty (James 1:2). Others, especially non-Christians, need to know where our strength lies, which is in God of course! How will you ever know how strong you are in Christ unless you go through a trial? I agree, it’s scary to go through a trial, but God’s perfect Love has a way of driving out fear (John 4:18).

Lastly, understand that when it comes to God’s unique work for you, as I mentioned before, you may not see you mission come to full fruition in your lifetime. About almost every human being wants to know if something they did made an impact. And, they want THEIR name to be known. Know that this life does not belong to you, your life is God’s when you became a Christian. The only thing that should matter in your life is God’s name being glorified alone, not yours. Also know that God will reveal everything to you when He calls you back home with Him. There are minor prophets in the Bible that we don’t actually know their real names (one example being Malachi), but they definitely had an impact. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died before he saw his dream of equality for different races come true.

To conclude, my aim in my life is for people to know how deep, how far, and how wide God’s love is. I want people to know there is no greater love than the Love the Father has for me and I for him. I aim to go into different parts of the world to let people know that though we have different cultures, different personalities, different socioeconomic statuses, different pasts (good or bad), and even speak different languages- when we have Christ in common amazing and beautiful things can happen! A dream of mine I’ve had since I was young that I know may not happen in full in my lifetime, but I would definitely like to make an impact in that regard, whether or not my name is known.




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