One of the most frustrating things about recovering from back surgery has been my inability to do much around the ranch. I am unable to drive a tractor, work cows, haul hay, plant fields, shred, or do much of anything. This has meant that Shannon has carried the load.
Wanting to somehow contribute, I have discovered the one thing I can do. I can water.
I water our garden, trees, and Shannon’s flowers. In fact, there’s no one better suited to stand in one spot, holding a water hose, and soaking whatever Shannon tells me needs to be soaked.
While, in the scheme of eternity, watering may not seem like much, it’s something I can do. It takes a little bit of the load off Shannon’s shoulders.
This got me thinking.
From time to time, I will hear someone say they would like to help serve the church, but they have no skills, time, money, or talent. The theological term for that is baloney.
Everyone has something they can contribute to the mission of Jesus Christ.
If you look at yourself and say you have nothing to offer, remember the old saying, “God does not call the equipped. God equips the called.”
God will use you for a greater purpose if you allow yourself to be used.
This may mean stepping out of your comfort zone, doing something unfamiliar, or risking rejection and ridicule. That’s okay. Remember, they killed Jesus. No one’s going to kill you.
You have a part to play. You have a purpose. Say yes.
Paul said, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
Offer yourself to the One who would rather die than live without you. It’s the best decision you will ever make.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I don’t have much, but what I have I offer you. Please use me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
God has given you a role in making this world a better place. It matters.
Also, just for the record, Shannon has discovered she really doesn’t need my help. She can pretty much do it all herself. I think my marriage may be in jeopardy. Pray for me.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.