After the funeral and things settle into a routine, one of the first things a widow asks is, “Why am I still here?”

Each of us were created for a specific purpose. The Lord told the Egyptian Pharaoh his reason for living in Exodus 9:16. . . “for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the world.”

Although the Lord doesn’t speak to us as directly today as He did then, He doesn’t play Hide and Seek with His goals for us.

He also equips us with certain gifts. Some gifts are easily detected by everyone around us, and others aren’t quite so apparent.

When I drive by a yard that is immaculate, it impresses me that they have such a love for yard work. Mine isn’t like that because I don’t have the time, health, or the inclination to keep it that way. I hope that people who have beautiful flowers in their garden enjoy cutting and sharing them with someone going through a tough time.

Some widows might like to entertain in their home, or enjoy visiting people in the hospital, or supporting a worth-while missions project with a donation of their time or money. Nonprofits can usually use volunteers.  “. . . Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

Having a cause to fulfill when we get up makes us look forward to the morning, brings happiness when we carry it out, and makes us grateful at the end of the day.

If we fulfill the purpose for which we were created, then we’ll hear, “Well done.” A worthy goal for everyone, widowed or not.