Love and service: God's will for our lives

Does God have a plan for you? Yes, and it's remarkably simple. Photo: Hartwig HKD (Flickr)

CORAL GABLES, Fla., July 30, 2012 — One of the biggest questions Christians ask is: “What is God’s will for my life?” As they wait for a big “sign” from above, they often experience fear over the possibility of missing “it” (“it” being God’s perfect plan). I’ve witnessed so many people sit in indecision, afraid to take even the slightest step forward, in fear that they will somehow get off course and miss God’s best. I have to admit, I’ve often been one of those people.

Well today I’ve got some good news for you! God’s plan for our lives is pretty simple. We are called to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind and to love those He puts in our path. As we walk in this love, we are called to glorify Him in the way we live our lives and interact with others on a daily basis. How can we know how we are to live? Get in His Word and you’ll find God’s will for every day living. 

So often we want God’s BIG plan for our life when He is just waiting for us to walk in obedience to His Word on a daily basis: to walk in integrity, love, compassion, generosity, trust, forgiveness, and justice - to name a few. 

It doesn’t matter how old we are, or what gender or race we may be. It doesn’t matter what we do for a living or how much money we have. It doesn’t matter if we are healthy or facing health issues. It doesn’t matter if we live in the city or in the depths of the jungle. Whoever we are, wherever we are, God’s will remains. We are called to love and serve Him, and to love and serve His people. 

Every day we come into contact with people, whether in our homes, ministries, or businesses. During these interactions we have an incredible opportunity to touch the world for Christ, to bring hope, joy, and peace into a hurting world through our love and service. You don’t have to head off on a huge mission trip to do this, you can do it right where you are today! 

One of the greatest joys I’ve experienced over the past decade with In His Wakes has been to see God take something so simple - water sports - and use it to touch tens of thousands of lives. How? Because of love and service. Through the simple act of showing unconditional love in the water and on the shores to at-risk youth, God has been glorified and lives has been changed. 


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Kristi Overton-Johnson


As a professional water skier for over 20 years and the World Record Holder in women’s slalom from 1992-2010, Kristi Overton Johnson has taken to the waters of the world with passion and perseverance. Kristi began her waterskiing career at the age of 4 and turned professional at 13. For 15 years, Kristi dominated women’s slalom, accumulating 80 professional wins and capturing more number one world rankings than any other female skier in history.
Before retiring from professional sports, Kristi founded a non-profit water sports ministry In His Wakes. Since its inception, In His Wakes has touched the lives of over 10,000 at-risk youth across the nation and internationally. This unique ministry brings hope, healing and encouragement through the avenue of water sports and through the message of God's love.
For years, Kristi has travelled nationally and internationally as a faith-based motivational speaker encouraging people through her life experiences as an athlete, wife, mother and ministry leader. Kristi also ministers through song and through her gift as a writer. In Running the Course, her first book, she wrote about her experiences as a top professional athlete and how through faith she found purpose for her life. 
Although Kristi is committed to helping others achieve their God-given destinies, she realizes that her first priority is her family. Kristi has been married to best friend Tim Johnson since 1994. Tim and Kristi have three children, the youngest of which were both adopted from Russia in 2004. They reside in North Florida where they raise their family and serve their community through Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries

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