Do you ever have those moments when God reveals glimpses of your future self? When I stop and close my eyes, I see a woman who is poised and gracious and who reminds me of all the women that I love and admire most in my life. I see time beautifully written in the creases of my face and hands – evidence of a life well lived.
Our time on this earth can be somewhat of a mystery, as we journey from one season to another continually searching for our path. In the struggle of accepting each new season, I find peace and direction in the Psalm below.
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Psalm 37:3
With words like “dwell” and “cultivate”, I’m encouraged to settle in and invest in each new setting in which I find myself. The word “cultivate” is deep and very physical. It’s a call to work consistently and diligently with our hands, even when the fruits are yet unseen. We are not to worry about the results of our work, but we are called only to work in faithfulness for the glory of God. He will take care of the rest. Faith is living without a necessity for understanding. It’s living today as though the promises of tomorrow have already been met.
I’ve used the talents and passions that God has given me in many different capacities. Yet I’ve never quite felt that any of the outputs had long-standing purpose worth continuing. I’ve struggled to figure out what I was ‘supposed’ to be doing with my time and energy.
As members of the millennial generation, our expectations are accelerated and unquenchable because of lists like the “Forbes 30 under 30” and the grandiose lifestyles presented on social media. Sometimes we become so engrossed by others’ success that we fail to take steps forward in our own lives. Feeling as if we have already missed the boat, we often just sit on the dock and watch.
This generation values numbers that mean nothing in God’s economy. Thankfully, my status in heaven is not measured by the most likes or followers, but instead it is weighed on the scales of faithfulness. So, in the spirit of faithfulness, let us each live with no regrets, whether or not we see the fruits in our own life time.
Rather than feeling that we need to choose one single path which leads us into a narrow scope of a calling, I propose that we adopt an illustration of our lives as nets cast wide and open. We can dabble in this and that, all with the purpose of bringing glory to God. What if all of these small tasks done in faithfulness add up to something grand in God’s economy?
May everything we do be in service of the fact that, regardless of the size of our ministry here on earth, God has given us talents that are unique and essential in His plan. We are stewards of these gifts, and may we all strive to hear him say
“ . . . . well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23a)NKJV.
So, go ahead! Cast your nets and use your many talents!
About the Writer:
Audra has a passion for encouraging women in their roles at home in both marriage and motherhood. She enjoys sharing her journey of refinement and learning through these important transitions on her blog called The Homegrown Project.