By Susan Buckmaster
I am one of those people that really gets inspired by music. I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop me from scream-singing and dancing in traffic when Mercy Me’s “Grace Got You” comes on the radio.
Fairly recently, a popular song came out that you may have heard that talks about dreaming small and doing God’s will right where you are. If you need a little motivation today here is the link: https://youtu.be/dOBaLrItEyc. This song just hits all the feels when I listen to it. In a world laced with the temptations of comparison, this song is a reminder that God uses each of us uniquely for His ministry. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 ESV
My gifts are not the same as my friend from high school. But when I see Facebook pictures of her ice climbing, kayaking in Alaskan wilderness and still being an amazing pediatric nurse, it’s hard to keep the desire to compare at bay. I start thinking, “Why didn’t I take that path in life?, Why didn’t I move out of state?, Why am I not more active with my activities?” But with that line of thinking, I totally miss out on the blessings in my life.
God did not call me to be a pediatric nurse in Alaska, He called me to be a stay-at-home mama in Franklin, Indiana. I would fall flat on my face if I were transplanted to her life, because I don’t belong there. “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.” 1 Corinthians 7:17 ESV
I have so many blessings in my life and God is calling me to share those with others. I never would have thought that me learning to crochet in grade school would lead me to opening a business selling my creations, or that God would place it on my heart to use those business profits to benefit ministries and other Christian organizations. (I didn’t even used to tithe regularly!).
This song is a reminder that we may not be called to do mission work in third world countries, or start nonprofits, or become pastors but that’s okay! We are still called to follow God and spread the good news. That may take a different form in your life than others’. Maybe you’re the Bobby Flay of your social circle and take dinner to a friend that just had a baby. Maybe you’re a super germaphobe and have the cleanest house on the block so you volunteer to help with the annual church cleaning. Maybe you’re like me and have a passion for kiddos and are called to raise tiny Christians.
The other day I got to experience my son’s first impromptu prayer. At 20 months old, he set down his snack cup at the movie theater, peeled his eyes away from the free movie playing, looked at me, folded his chubby little hands together, and waited for me to pray. Talk about a Jesus moment! It was such an overwhelming confirmation as a Christian mama to know your child is developing a relationship with our awesome God.
That was my dream small moment. What’s yours? How can you intentionally better the world today? What is God calling you to do exactly where you are? It doesn’t have to be a life-changing event for you, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be for someone else.