Thanks for patience and grace as I’ve been working on a conference for my church.
For the past ten years I have been working on our annual conference that welcomes folks back to our church to tell us what they’ve been doing in the world, as well as helping those folks in the pew understand that God has a plan for telling all people about Himself. And ALL God’s people get to play a part in that plan.
The level of work for me personally has varied over the years as team members have come and gone and also folks have taken on different pieces. But each time I am so energized and excited. I love that I get to do this and I count it a great privilege.
But can I tell you something? I am saddened at the number of people that offer to let me vent to them and say things like, “Are you glad it’s almost over?” or some question or phrase that implies that what I’m doing must drudgery and misery.
It simply is not the case. It is hard work sometimes, but deeply satisfying work. I have learned in the last ten years to trust God for all parts of it. Of course, I don’t immediately get it “right,” but I am committed to remembering that I can depend on Him.
There were years when I took on too much responsibility for the “success” of something. I had plans and I asked God to help me make them happen. Those are the years that maybe did look like misery. I did too much in my own power and I was angry and bitter. But I was convicted about that–God is so patient to help me learn. Now I try to wait on Him and let Him reveal His plan so that I can join Him.
I am amazed that God’s global plan for ALL PEOPLES of the world is something that I can join Him in. He wants all His children to play a part. He chooses us as vehicles to accomplish His will. Plain and simple. If He didn’t want to use us, He would just save us and take us to Heaven.
God certainly doesn’t NEED me–but He chooses to use me. That blows my mind.
Every aspect of how God has made me can be used for His purposes and plans and glory. It is FROM Him and THROUGH Him and TO Him.
Don’t buy the lie that you don’t matter. Don’t buy the lie that you can’t make a difference. Don’t buy the lie that it has to be a big thing to be significant.
Don’t buy the lie that only those who fly across the ocean are doing this work. Don’t buy the lie that what you do for your church isn’t helping the great plan for the world. I say this often, we have to have a healthy body to be of use. Are you doing something to keep the body of your local church healthy?
Because you don’t want to be deceived to think that your gifts are just for you. When I believed the lies from the previous paragraphs, my world got really small. And all my skills and talents and dreams were focused on me and my little world. There was no satisfaction there.
Hear me, we have seasons. You are not in my season. But you can always have the big view of God and what He is doing and how He wants to use you. How that plays out in day to day stuff definitely is affected by the circumstances of your life. God knows all that!
He isn’t calling you to this without knowing what your days are like. So it follows that in the midst of every season there is SOMETHING to do.
I promise you, it is possible to find satisfaction in all the work you’re doing when you’re doing it for God’s glory and by His power (whether it’s changing diapers and scrubbing floors or living among people who might kill you for belonging to Jesus).
What are you doing that is beyond you and helps you see your need for Jesus? Does your heart long for impact? For your work to have significance? How can I help you? How can I pray for you and with you?