Today is throwback Thursday! Every now and then I share one of my older posts. Today I am a sharing one from three years ago. I hosted a virtual bible study on my blog for the book, Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle. Such a good book! If you are struggling with feelings that your ordinary life of raising kids, doing the laundry, making dinner is insignificant then get this book! She shares how God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulness and yes, those acts may look a whole lot like packing a lunch or folding clothes! You are made with a purpose and even in the mundane, God uses you!
This post is all about how you are made with a purpose! I hope it encourages you this morning.
I don’t even know where to begin. Everything Melanie talked about resonated with me. I love how she reminded us that we are God’s masterpiece. He made us carefully and thoughtfully. We each have a purpose in this life. If you are alive and breathing, there is a reason you are still here.
We go through life wondering if we are significant, wanting to be accepted. We spend our time looking for meaning and purpose in all the wrong things when we know that Jesus is the “thing” that fills us up. All the other things only bring temporary fullness. But with Jesus we are eternally full.
But life is hard. And finding acceptance in the worldly things brings us instant pleasure. Sometimes filling up on Jesus means being patient and going through hardships. It’s not easy to choose Him over things that bring us instant gratification. I know I’m guilty of it daily. It requires discipline.
Sometimes it means going through a period of time where we find ourselves in the “pastures” of life. Seasons where we feel lonely, forgotten and insignificant. Those lessons are some of the hardest. Those seasons are tough.
Melanie talked about how God sometimes teaches us the biggest lessons through obscurity. I looked up the word obscurity and it means unknown, unimportant. How often do we go through life wondering if anyone even notices the things we do? As moms, I know, this is big. We do so much for everyone and at times it can be exhausting. We go through life making sure all of our children’s needs are met. Wondering at the same time if we are even doing a good job. We have different things pulling for our attention every day. Work, bills, laundry, lunches, homework, deadlines…
But friend, God sees you. He sees you in those hard, lonely times. When you feel lonely, unworthy and like you can’t measure up. He sees you trying your best to balance work and home life. God sees us even when the world has forgotten us. And it’s in those seasons when God is preparing us for the big things in life.
God called David to be king. He wasn’t even in the line up when his dad presented his other brothers to Samuel. He was a shepherd. He was ordinary. To the world probably insignificant. But to God he was perfect. He would use this ordinary shepherd to do extraordinary things.
Before David became King, he spent his days as a shepherd in pastures. Probably alone with just the sheep. I’m sure he had moments of feeling forgotten, insignificant and alone. Wondering if anyone even noticed him. My sweet friend, it’s in those pastures of life where we grow and come to know God in a more intimate way. If you are like me, I tend to pull away when moments get hard. I pitch a fit. I really do. So this reminder was huge for me. To know that God sees me. He hasn’t forgotten me. The Bible says that in this life we will have troubles. We will. But God tells us to find peace in Him. He tells us to take heart because He has over come the world.
God has a calling for your life. And no calling is insignificant whether it be public speaking to a sold out crowd or washing dishes and laundry. He has a purpose for each of us. Going about your day, working hard in your job, being nice to the new kid. All of those things are callings.
But maybe God has called you to something that you are not quite ready for. Maybe you feel that uncomfortable feeling. That feeling of wanting to say, “no Lord you chose the wrong person.” The feeling of wanting to run away and say, “why don’t you call so and so. They would do a much better job.” Or maybe you know your calling, but God is asking you to be still and wait.
And the waiting….oh the waiting is sometimes the hardest part. Melanie said something that really stuck with me. She said that we are called to be faithful and trust even when we don’t want to. That was such a real and raw statement to me. I know there are days when I just don’t want to trust. I don’t want to be faithful. I want to fix things myself because some days I feel that will bring a quicker result. But then that would be settling. Settling for something under God’s plan. And if we settle sweet sister, think of all that we are missing. God has big blessings for you. But when we settle we miss out. Our pastor said something on Sunday that has stayed with me this week. He said that God calls us to aim higher. God doesn’t call us to settle. Aim Higher girlfriend! Shoot for the stars. Embrace the woman God has made you to be and aim higher. Don’t settle.
This was a hard post for me. I started writing it on Monday and just felt like it wasn’t finished. I let it sit for a couple of days and God turned it in a completely different direction. Maybe someone needed this encouragement today. Maybe you are in a lonely, feeling forgotten season of life. Take heart. God is there. He sees you sweet friend.
Or maybe God has called you to do something you don’t want to do. Aim higher and do it. Experience the blessings God has for your life. And if you are in the waiting season of your calling, be patient. I know that’s easier said than done, but slow down and be still. Enjoy life, even in the waiting.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Take heart friends and experience His peace today.
Thank. you for reading today! Have an amazing Thursday.
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