Monday, April 19, 2010

Do I do enough?

Do you ever feel like you just don't do enough?  We had our missions conference at church yesterday, and as I listened to testimonies from several of our missionaries, I felt as though they were doing so much for the Gospel, sacrificially giving their lives, and my commitment and contribution seemed small compared to theirs.  I wanted to just volunteer right then to go overseas and do more for Jesus!

But then, in talking with a friend whose father-in-law was buried last Saturday, she told me of the many people who testified to the impact his life had on them.  Yet he lived a very simple life, was a carpenter, never visited a third world country, didn't preach any sermons or write any books.  But he left a life-long witness to the power of one life lived for Jesus.  Everyone who hired his carpentry skills soon came to see the difference in his life and the way he ran his business because he was a Christian, and he was greatly admired and loved by many.

I was again reminded that God is not so much interested in where we are, but rather in who we are.  And even if I moved overseas and sacrificed my "easy life" here, it would not automatically make my life more meaningful or effective for God's Kingdom.  I'm certain I don't do as much as I could do for Jesus, but living in a different place won't make the difference.

So, once again, I resolved to keep growing up in Christ to be the woman he wants me to be, and working here where he has put me, with the great joy of knowing that he takes the smallest things we do for him and makes them eternally significant.  What a wonderful Savior we serve!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this reminder, especially "God is not so much interested in where we are, but rather in who we are." Isn't that what all the pruning is for?