The Purpose Driven Life (chapter 25)

Day Twenty-Five

Thinking About My Purpose

Point to Ponder: There is a purpose behind every problem.

Verse to Remember: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Question to Consider: What problem in my life has caused the greatest growth in me?

Answer: I am no stranger to trial, having faced numerous adversities over the past few years. Still one trial stands tall, towering high above the rest… After tearing my ACL for a third time in 2014 my whole world came crashing down. All of my hard work, blood, sweat and tears meant nothing the moment I felt that fateful “pop”. Gone were the hopes for a stellar senior season, along with any dreams of professional football. Now all I felt was fear flooding my mind and doubt consuming my soul as I searched for a new identity. Up to that moment my whole life had been football. I had been playing for as long as I can remember and its absence left a crater-sized whole in my heart. Now that it was gone it was time to find Shane Ros the person, NOT Shane Ros the football player. This ended up being the greatest blessing I could have ever asked for. No longer was I wrapped up in a superficial image of who the world thought I was. Instead I was set free to finally identify the things that made me happy. Sure there were times of great suffering along the way. Coupled with moments of extreme anger and animosity towards the God that put me in this position. But out the fire emerged a new person. One who was stronger than I ever imagined. One who finally knew who he was and what he stood for. One who knew he could handle whatever the world threw his way. Out of the fire emerged a PHOENIX. For this I am forever grateful. God took something precious away from me. In return he gave me LIFE.

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