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Seek a God-given purpose for the time of your life

Three crosses made of wheat
Higher Ground: Ask Him to use you for His plan and purpose. You won’t be disappointed.

Years ago in this column, I wrote that we helped a western Ohio farm couple adopt a one-year-old girl while we were in Romania. Some years later, we shed tears of joy when she called to tell us that she had asked Jesus to be her Savior.

Eme made our day that Father’s Day. We continue to visit her and her family when our travels take us near her Ohio home.

Sometimes it’s hard to not “pat ourselves on the back” when we relive our Eme stories and watch a video of her and her new parents when they stayed in our Romanian home before bringing her to America. Who knows? Maybe that’s why I had to have a shoulder joint replaced.

Not the story’s end
I praise God that the story doesn’t end there. My shoulder is in great shape. Far more importantly, Eme is graduating from high school this spring and planning on a career in the medical field.

Why tell you this story? Because God is in the business of saving people and transforming their lives. He often uses a plain old farmer (or a young one, or one of any occupation) to carry out His plan and purpose.

Ask Him to use you. Then get ready for the time of your life. You won’t be disappointed.

As the Bible’s Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and those who seek find; and to those who knock, it will be opened.

Clark Phillips
North Collins, N.Y.

Phillips is a past director of Fellowship of Christian Farmers International. For more about FCFI, visit

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