31 August 2016 - clay
What is your thing?
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Where are you right now? I don’t mean physically, but mentally and spiritually? What is it that drives you in the morning? What makes you really hunker down and get to work?
Motivation can be a tricky thing. I often want to pretend like I am above all earthly motivations like money and security, but then I act like a heartless mercenary when someone dangles money in front of me. I want to be pure of heart and selfless of deed, but later I may wonder if I’m actually getting anything out of what I’m doing.
We have dear friends that have been missionaries in Honduras for six years. Initially, they planned to be there for two years, but their hearts kept them there. In that time, through God’s provision and the generosity of donors, they have built a thriving school in an area that had no formal education beyond sixth grade. Alex and Laura have faithfully served with their family in a place that I’m sure can be uncomfortable at times.
Periodically Laura will share her stories on her blog, and she shared one this past week that affected me deeply. She writes,
The current arena where I fight is in a remote area of Honduras. However, instead of one big fight, it is the daily series of wins and losses done with great devotion that bring a sense of triumph, even when the defeats loom large. And God, in His sweet way, allows me to see small victories in the midst of heartbreaking defeat.
It’s hard for me to understand this kind of daily work for the Gospel. I’m so insulated and cocooned in my little world that it’s hard to sometimes see those failures and triumphs. When God calls us to something greater, that is when we should be moving.
I wrote yesterday about whether we are spectators or participants in our walk with God. When we step out and do whatever that thing is that God has gifted and called us to do, we are participants in his plan. Instead of sitting back and watching the world pass by us, we should be actively working with God. If you are gifted to pray, then pray. If you are gifted to write, then write. If God has called you to be a stay at home mom, then make sure those kids receive the best part of you that you can muster that day.
Don’t think that God’s call has to be something massive and overt. Maybe the crazy thing that God is calling you to makes you blend into the background, away from the attention and praise of men, but always under the watchful and loving eyes of God. Sometimes being the most ordinary person in the building is the best thing you can be.
So whatever it is that God has placed on your heart to do, do it for his glory. Work to the glory of God. Sing to the glory of God. Play with your kids to the glory of God. Pay your taxes to the glory of God. It doesn’t have to be shared on social media, and it doesn’t have to be noticed by anyone else. Enjoy the small victories that God shows you, even when heartbreak may be waiting around the next corner.