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The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore be earnest, thoughtful men of prayer. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night.

God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God's many kinds of blessings. Are you called to preach? Then preach as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies, so that God will be glorified through Jesus Christ - to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4: 7-11 (TLB)

Naomi Fata lives in New York. When she was eight years old, she told God that she wanted to be a missionary. She thought this type of service was the only way to show God her full commitment.

As Naomi grew older, she tried to pursue her dream of mission service; but the doors always closed. She didn't understand why God wouldn't use her.

Eventually, God led her to the role of wife, mom, and small-business owner. It wasn't what she expected, and at times she felt disillusioned. But what God began to show her was that her call was to be faithful in using what God had entrusted her with. God's plan for Naomi was not full-time mission work in a far country; it was here in her ordinary life that God wanted her to serve.

Whatever our vocation, we have people around us who need God's love. God may call us to be servants right where we are. When a neighbor is going through a hard time, a card, a visit, or a home-cooked meal could be the answer to God's call. Similarly, if an elderly acquaintance needs a ride to the doctor's office we can be ready. When we become the hands and feet of Christ to those in our sphere of influence, we are indeed missionaries.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we want to serve you now. Show us the opportunities you have already put in front of us right where we are, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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