Thoughts on Weakness and Purpose

This past Sunday, my pastor preached on embracing weakness.  Somewhere in the middle of the message, God said “listen to this, really listen.”  I’ve been thinking about this and remembering God’s faithfulness in my life in the past.

It seems to me that we are taught, not only to be strong and independent, but that purpose in life involves doing great things. The problem with that thinking is that we are finite creatures. We can plan and pursue all we want, but we cannot see into the future. Nor can we always see the impact of our past. What we can do is live each day and each moment with God.  He sees the big picture and He knows the plans He has for us.  I think, when we live faithfully before Him, there are no small moments.  You may not be the next Billy Graham, but you may be investing him through a word of encouragement. Your smile or simple thank you may not seem important in the grand scheme of things, but just maybe it is part of a long thread that eventually leads someone to Christ.  There is nothing greater than that.

My life has not gone in any way planned, but I know that God has led me each step of the way. Now and then, I get a glimpse of what He has done. Just last week I learned that the simple act of inviting someone to serve with me resulted in closer relationship with God. Praise God. I love when I get these glimpses, but even when I don’t, I have to trust God each day knowing He is faithful to continue the work that He began in me, knowing that He can use everything I will let Him use, including my weakness.

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