Tuesday, December 8, 2015

All of the work could be purposeless.

We have started into our eye clinics in Southwestern Uganda.  

On our first day we saw 160+ people and found 18 patients in need of an eye surgery.  We treated many others with reading glasses, eye drops and allergy medicines.  We traveled with 9 people on our team and were joined by about that many more from the local church in Kabale.  Much work was done and many people were treated, but was our toil purposeless?

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king of Jerusalem:  2 "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Uttery meaningless!  Everything is meaningless."  3 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?  4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.  5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.  6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.  7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.  To the place the streams come from, there they return again.  8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say.  The eye never has enough seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.  9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;  there is nothing new under the sun.  10 Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"?  It was there already, long ago; it was here before our time.  11 No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.

How is that for a pick me up blog?  The writer of Ecclesiastes is lamenting how everything is meaningless.............. without God giving us purpose.  So our work that we have done, is not in vain.  It has everlasting purpose.  Through our clinic on Tuesday, about 20 people came to know Christ (I am not sure of the exact number as the Pastor kept the list).  Each one of those souls gives us purpose. 

Next week, 18 of these patients will receive surgery to restore or preserve their sight.  Imagine the display of God’s love to these precious people, to their family and to their village with this change.  That has purpose. 

Almost anything you do or that I do can have purpose, if we know Jesus and we work to bring him glory.

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Trying to find purpose in your life?  His name is Jesus!

If you'd like to give towards the eye surgeries that will occur next week, you can give a tax deductible donation to:

Due Unto Others
3418 Robert Dr
Duncan, OK 73533

Each eye surgery and surrounding care costs about $50.00.

Pushing forward with Purpose,


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