I used to think of God’s will as some mystical island far off in the sea—a distant place filled with exotic things; a land requiring a lifetime to reach. Everyone spoke of finding it, of its importance, and I always walked away with the notion that it was a fabulous place, a space where the holiest people got the most important jobs, a realm I would probably never be able to reach.
In my mind, finding God’s will was always in the future—a glorious moment in which God would reveal Himself in such a way I would know beyond any shadow of a doubt that this was my time, my place, my purpose. The skies would part, light would shine down, and Charlton Heston’s voice would clearly speak the marvelous task I was assigned to, assuming, of course, I had been good enough to make it that far.
But over the past couple of years, God has changed my concept of His plan. It’s not somewhere in the future. It doesn’t only include titles like missionary and pastor and worship leader. There is no work that is more important than another's. God needs people in all places, stations, and walks of life.
God’s will isn’t off in the future.
It’s in writing my story.
It’s in cleaning my house.
It’s in raising my children.
It’s in smiling at strangers.
It’s in loving my husband.
It’s in teaching a class.
It’s in faithfulness.
It’s in ordinary.
It’s in choices.
It’s in the day to day.
God’s purpose for me is wherever I am—I don’t have to go and find it.
Sometimes my life feels unfabulous, unholy, unimportant. But I have to remember that because I am His, He is in me. I take Him wherever I go. I have the opportunity to introduce Him to everyone I meet, and that is the highest calling of all.
Be encouraged today. Maybe your life feels unfabulous, unholy, unimportant. But remember, if you are His, He is in you. You take Him everywhere you go, to all the people you meet. You have the opportunity to introduce Him—to your coworkers, to your family, to your friends, to total strangers, to everyone, and that is the highest calling of all—to show them Jesus.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you; take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. - Romans 12:1 (MSG)Linking with: