Friday, April 15, 2005

Purpose

"I've always believed that we were, each of us, put here for a reason; that there is a divine plan for all of us. I know now that whatever days are left to me belong to God." -Ronald Reagan

The former president said this shortly after learning of his alzheimer's. When he died almost one year ago, this quote was posted on a website. A lot of things struck me when I read it, so I wrote it down. It ended up in a pile somewhere, but I came across the particular pile just this week.
One thing that struck me was the faith that eminated through Reagan's words. I was born in 1980. Reagan was president until 1988. 8-year-olds don't pay much attention to politics. It made me wish I had been older and wiser during his years in office.
I was also struck by the integrity, confidence, and wisdom in his words. He understood purpose. He understood that as humans, we are at the will of an amazing God.
Reagan took God's divine plan for him and ran with it. He gave his years of alzheimer's-stricken days to God. Makes me want to be more deliberate about giving my days--all of them--to Him.

2 comments:

Danb said...

Oh to know what that purpose is... and have the discipline to hang on to it. Wise words always come from the mouth of a Babe! =) especially mine! Love you!

gloria said...

beautiful hearts. his and yours.