Thursday, September 11, 2014

Making a Difference

Have you ever thought that what you do is meaningless? You walk through life doing the normal thing; working, spending time with family and friends, eating, sleeping, family vacation once or twice a year, for some people going to church is a common thing, ect.
But is what you do meaningful? Do you take pride in your position? Do you love your life? Do you love what you do? Or do you do it because you have to? Do you do it out if habit?
Many times when I look at what I do, and then see what others are doing, I get discouraged. I'll look at what I do like this: I do a few chores around the house, I play the piano occasionally, I help in church some. When really, I do a lot. But I see other people doing bigger, better things and it makes my accomplishments look small.
For example:
Katie Davis was 18 years old when she went to Africa the first time. She adopted kids, gave them help, food, clothes, medicine, and opened Amazima sponsorship program; she did something big. 
Nathan and Lawson Bates went to the Philippines last year after the disaster. They gave the people medicine, food, supplies, and some laughter and friendship. They did something big. 

When I look at these great accomplishments, yeah, what I do looks small. But God has placed me here for a reason. If he wanted me in Africa he'd make a way. If he wanted me to help our after some natural disaster, he'd make a way. If God wants me to do something or go somewhere he will provide. 
But he already has me where he wants me, right here at home. I'm doing what I'm called to do, I'm learning: 
-how to keep house, music, cope with siblings, learn character qualities I don't have and definately need, to be an example to those around me.
I am in my training ground under the people God has put in my life. But I'm also in a battle. I am learning to fight against my flesh while it's "easy", because as soon as I'm on my own, it's going to be so much harder. I have to learn to fight my flesh of being lazy and not diligent, even at home. 
So when I look at people like Katie, Lawson and Nathan, I see that God has blessed them to go to another place to help. He knew they had something that another people needed, something I might not have had. But I will listen for Him, and if he has something even bigger for me, I'm going to be ready and willing. For now I'll be content with the small things in my life.
But you know something else? To some people my tasks, or duties, are simply that, tasks and duties. Things that I have to do because someone told me to do them. Things that don't mean anything to them. But if you look at the tasks that you are put to, the duties that are yours, like they are your special assignment, you'll find more joy and contentment to do them. And if you still don't like to do it, or still don't take joy in serving, ask God to give you a servants heart to want to be the person you are meant to be. He will help you; I guarantee it. :) 
Have a blessed day. 
Bethany 

1 comment:

  1. God wants us to learn to be content and be diligent in the small things, before he can trust us with the bigger things. Right now, you are a HUGE blessing to me and I am SO thankful for you and ALL that you do, to keep our home running smooth. You are a true blessing!! I love your smile and willingness to jump in and do things.

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