I've been thinking about books I may write.
I've thought of ministries I might start.
I've been praying for the kids we may adopt.
I've enjoyed thinking about how God might use my family to help people know Him. It's fun to think about these "big" things, and wonder if and when they will happen.
But somewhere in these recent days of dreaming, my vision's gotten a little funky.
I can't stop staring at these big ideas, and I can barely see what and who God has put around me right now. I've started to see my "calling" and the ability to obey God as best lived out in the "big" stuff.
He talked about how we often want to know what BIG things God has for us. Yes, I know I should love my neighbor and give to the poor, but God, what else do you have for me? Speak to me in a dream, give me a vision of something grand!
And I think it's ok to want to know those "big" things. It's fun to dream and looking at the gifts and passions God has given me as I wonder, "hmm, what could He do with these?". God works in big ways all the time!
My friend went on to say that much of God's will for our lives is simple. And much of the time we don't even have to ask what His will is; it's pretty plainly spelled out in the pages of the Bible.
Love Jesus and keep loving Him.
Love our neighbor.
Take care of the orphan.
Do everything in the name of Jesus
Share the Gospel.
Serve the poor.
Grow deeper in the knowledge of God.
You guys, I want to be bold. I want to keep asking God for specific ideas of how to minister to people, because He is a very creative God. I want to be stinkin' radically obedient because people knowing Jesus changes everything. But I gotta confess that in my desire for God to use me, I've often overlooked these "little" obediences. I sometimes shrug them off as less important and beg God to give me something bigger. You know, for His glory. But mostly for mine.
I don't want to miss an opportunity to love someone like Jesus does because it doesn't seem radical enough. I don't want to keep my front door closed because I'm waiting for God to do something "bigger" than inviting someone inside.
Jesus did the big stuff; He performed miracles, spoke to crowds of thousands, and raised the dead. He did these things out of obedience to His Father, and it brought much glory to God.
Jesus also played with toddlers. He had meals with people who needed a friend and He spent time with the grieving. He did these things out of obedience, bringing much glory to God; and bringing many to salvation as well.
I want to enjoy all that God has for me.
I want to be all in for the big ideas that scare me out of my mind, while also jumping on the chance to simply love my neighbor.
It's freeing and motivating to know that I don't decide how God is going to use my obedience;
I just need to be available to say yes.
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