Sometimes, living intentionally means living in obedience to God in the small things He gives, when your heart dreams of doing something bigger.
I’ve felt it—maybe you have to—that nudge from God to focus on what’s at hand, instead of what you hope to be.
For me, it was a feeling—a whisper from God—while I was driving to meet a friend for lunch. His message? To focus more at home and with my family.
I didn’t quite understand it. I mean, I’m not exactly a social butterfly. But, it was real, and I knew it was from Him. If I wasn’t sure or thought I imagined it, I wouldn’t have brought it up at lunch only minutes after it happened. But, I knew, so I talked about it.
And in the months since, I understood a few times why He was pulling me home, and I’m glad I followed.
But sometimes, there are still those moments. Moments when I think, Is this it, God? This blog and the others I write for regularly, is this enough? Because I don’t feel like I’m doing much.
I don’t worry about page views, or lack thereof. I know God will use it as He sees fit. But I get tired and I wonder if it matters. I dream of doing something bigger—more important…and then….
Then, God sends a reminder that this is what He's called me to for right now. A thank you from someone unexpected. Someone who has been on the receiving end of God’s work—through a reader who shared my words.
A message from God, in the form of a thank you, reminding me that what I think are the small things aren’t small at all when He uses them.
I read a post yesterday by Jennifer Dukes Lee about living intentionally, and I thought about how I have to intentionally focus on what God has called me to right here, right now. Because the truth is, I dream of something bigger, and bigger makes today’s small seem not so important.
I think about the parable of the three servants in the Book of Matthew, chapter 25.
“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” Matthew 25:21
And I’m reminded that small is good. Small is important. Small prepares me for what else God may have planned for me.
And God says, Let’s celebrate together!
This post led to a second post. Click here to read Part 2: Obedience in the Small Things.
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