Have you ever thought to yourself, “God could never use me.”? I have…plenty of times.
I’ve spent years watching from the sidelines as some of my closest friends did great things for God and were used in amazing ways. I always wondered if I’d ever be smart enough, confident enough, or organized enough to fall into the approved-to-be-used-by-God category.
The truth is my problem had nothing to do with whether or not I was smart enough, confident enough or organized enough. The real problem was my mindset. You see, I was under the false impression that if God would ever use me for something important, surely it would accompany elaborate plans and grand results that were obvious for the world to see. Boy, was I wrong.
Sure, God is definitely in the business of manifesting grand and elaborate things. Look at Creation for example. Could anything be more elaborate than far off galaxies, stars, planets, the sun, and moon? Now that’s what I call #amazing!
God has certainly used great people and given them tremendous platforms like Billy Graham, Beth Moore, Andy Stanley and Mother Theresa.
But, many times God chooses people to do great things for His glory and yet the assignments look very different than we think they should. Although the world looks at the outward appearances of famous people, high positions, big platforms, and extraordinary opportunities, God looks at the intent of a person’s heart.
As I would watch others around me and wonder why God wasn’t choosing me to do great things, I was missing out on the fact that He WAS using me. The only problem was my perspective – the assignments didn’t look the way I thought they should.
While I was thinking grand. God was waiting for a grateful heart.
While I was imagining elaborate. God was looking for a humble spirit.
While I was dreaming over-the-top. God was watching for a willingness of obedience.
A grateful heart when diapers need to be changed and toys need to be picked up off the floor. A humble spirit when clothes need to be washed and dinner needs to be prepared. A willingness of obedience when He whispered “apologize first and say you’re sorry”.
When I look back over the years I can clearly see that some of the greatest ways God has used me has been within the simple walls of my own home. Serving my family in messy ways and being stretched beyond what I thought would be my breaking point.
Saying “yes” when I honestly wanted to say “no”. Laying aside my to-do list so that I could help with a homework assignment or clutch little fingers during bedtime as we all said family prayers.
Yes, those are the amazing moments that God has done His greatest work in my life. There was no grand audiance that cheered me one or a finish line to cross while spectators stood by. Only a family of four, living life one day at a time, trying to do what was right in God’s eyes.
Yet, still I am forever amazed that God would chose me to do such great things for Him. Raising two little boys who would shine there little lights into a dark world and one day become leaders for Christ.
God-given assignments wrapped in baseball caps and sneakers.
Grand moments tucked inside everyday life situations.
And when will the grand elaborate moment happen? I imagine it will be when this simple-minded momma one day kneels before her Heavenly Father and He whispers her name saying, Well done, my faithful daughter. Oh, how awesome that will truly be!
Now it’s your turn…
Today’s Question: What is the greatest assignment that God has ever given you? If your initial response is to say, nothing really, then I want to encourage you to pause for a moment, pray and ask God to show you what that assignment is. Hint: It might be tenderly wrapped up in your everyday-life situations.
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