I used to think I was special.
I’ve had conversations with other women, who like me, had the feeling when they were younger, that they would grow up to do something truly important in the world. We felt we were called to something. Now we often look around at our current circumstances as wives and mothers and women with simple jobs, and we feel a tinge of guilt that we aren’t doing more. And we wonder…
“Did I do something wrong? I used to feel God’s calling on my life but now all I really do is a whole lot of tedious work that no one notices; work that doesn’t seem to matter. And I’m way too tired to do much more. Did I fall out of God’s favor? Did I take a wrong turn somewhere and not live up to my potential? Did I miss my important calling when I chose motherhood? Is my calling still ahead of me when my kids let me get some sleep and I have energy again? Have I abandoned or missed my prophetic destiny? Did I settle for something less than what God wanted for me?”
We think of ourselves as being insignificant in our homes, relationships, and communities and don’t realize that in doing so, we are really deeming others around us as insignificant too.
Are your children so insignificant in God’s grand plan that you raising them is a total waste of time? Do you see your husband as so useless in God’s Kingdom that your life is nearly wasted loving him? Are the women you are closest to so un-special that the energy you invest in supporting them would be better spent on someone more important to God? Or are they called? Are they important? Is your place in their lives meaningful? Intentional? Providential?
We send ripples with our words, actions, and lives that affect things far beyond what we consider. It’s impossible to avoid. If you’ve ever watched any movie about time travel or the Christmas movie It’s A Wonderful Life, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You’ve seen how going back in time and changing the slightest conversation, the most seemingly insignificant event, the simplest act of kindness, sends out ripples that change everything. You have meaning because your ripples touch people with the works of God. His words you deliver never return void and His love has power.
God calls his chosen not only to be his generals who lead from the front, but also, to be His boots on the ground in the midst of His people. Only these chosen who touch other lives personally and consistently have the opportunity to support ongoing growth in God’s call. Scripture teaches that we are like the many important parts of one body, each being special while doing different jobs. It’s true that there are some who are chosen to be widely seen and widely heard, like the eyes and the mouth, but that does not make those of us who are hands that touch to heal or feet that carry bodies to serve, any less significant in the work of the Lord. We each are still a special part of His plan. It is the world who places value on the most visible, but in the Kingdom of God it is those unseen works of prayer and faithful quiet service that hold the power.
Having a best-selling book, traveling the world as a public speaker, leading thousands to the Lord on the mission field, or running a country, are special callings. But scripture also says that living a quiet peaceful life marked by Godliness and dignity is good and pleases God. (1 Tim 2:2-3) What you are doing in your home and community is a good and important calling created by God. Scripture also says that if we had all the knowledge in the world and the faith to move mountains but didn’t bother to love people, we’d be nothing. (1 Cor 13:3)
What you are doing right where you are, each day, as a messenger of God’s loving works is special. You are the special vessel God has placed in the lives of others who are special enough to Him; He chose to send you. When you see those around you as God sees them, special and important to His plan, you see your place of service in their lives as a high calling, not a missed one.
Only YOU can fulfill the needs God has chosen you for. Be grateful. Be proud. Be confident you are called right where you are. And each day, choose to answer, in the service of love. There is no greater call.
In support of YOU and your journey,