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Bobby Richardson - Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else


Bobby Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees during the late 1950's and early 1960's. He was nominated for the Most valuable Player (MVP) in the American League nine times. He also won five gold gloves and played in 7 All-Star games. One of his most remarkable accomplishments was winning the World Series MVP Award even though the Yankess did not win the World Series.

Bobby was a commited Christian who volunteered his time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

At a Fellowship of Christian Athletes gathering, Bobby was asked to pray. That prayer was one of the most concise, precise, and heartfelt I have ever read or heard. I think of the prayer often when I think about pursuing my Definite Purpose in life.

Here is his simple and powerful prayer:

"Dear God, Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen"

When thinking about defining your Definite Purpose in life, keeping this prayer in mind will help you.

I have written a number of Definite Purposes during my life so far. Up until the one I have now, which I know is my God given purpose, they have all been what I wanted for my life. The Definite Purpose for my life now is the one that I am absoutely 100% certain is the one that God created me to fulfill.

I see a number of interesting elements in this simple prayer.

1) Your will

For many years, my written Definite Purpose consisted of my will, not God's will for my life.

2) Nothing more

Anything more would distract you, and might even prevent you, from achieving the specific plan God has for your life.

3) Nothing less

If we settle for a nice, comfortable, life, instead of pursuing everything that God has planned for us to do, we will be cheating God and the world. Don't get cheated in life by settling for anyhting less than God's plan for you.

I hope you, like Bobby Richardson, pray this prayer when you think of your life and what your purpose in it is.

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