For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10, NIV
Dennis Bonifan attempted suicide last year, but he’s gotten help and is doing better. He’s also found a cause. When Dennis saw a Facebook post about swastikas spray-painted on a nearby street, he grabbed his power washer and obliterated the hateful graffiti free of charge. He continued donating his spare time to clearing the streets of unwanted graffiti, telling a reporter, “It’s very rewarding to be able to do something and then put a smile on my face…it actually helps my mood a lot.”1
We all face challenges of many kinds. Sometimes they’re emotional challenges, for our toughest battles often involve our feelings and reactions. But finding a meaningful purpose can put a smile on our faces and help our moods. That’s especially true when we know God is leading us to engage in good works He planned in advance for us to do.
He power-washes our souls with His blood, then uses us to help others. Challenges needn’t defeat us. They can strengthen us and lead us to helping others.
Our lives have purpose and meaning. God has a path for us to follow, a path that He marked out ahead of time. He already knows the way through every difficulty we will face.
- “After Recovering From Suicide Attempt, Man Now Finds Joy in Erasing Hateful Graffiti,” Good News Network, September 30, 2019.
His Workmanship, Ephesians 2:10 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study