Through all the busyness of homemaking, running around, starting school, and investing in the lives around me, I have seen so clearly how much my God cares for me and is directing my life.
I have been challenged this past week as I realize how much I compare myself to everyone around me. As I'm sure most everyone feels at some time in their life, I was beginning to feel as though my life really didn't make a difference. I get up, go to school, spend time with friends, do laundry, cook dinner, go to a church event or spend the evening with my husband, go to bed, and then repeat it all the next day.
Where is Christ in that?
When I looked at other "spiritual people" in my life who seemed to be doing bigger and better things for the Lord, I started to feel like I needed to do what they were doing. To think that God would only be happy with me if I was helping the homeless and volunteering somewhere big was silly. However, as I contemplated this issue, I decided that I needed to do bigger things and made plans to do so the very next day.
God had other plans, however. Five minutes after making my own plans, I found out that a friend of mine was struggling with some health issues. I called her to see how I could help and ironically (or God-planned) she asked if I could watch her daughter the exact time I had been planning to go do the "big things for God".
It was great. As I watched my friends daughter, God spoke to me. I realized that He really is in even the little things that we do, it's not just about the big sacrifices that everyone sees. Maybe His plan for my life is to be that woman people call on for help and encouragement. Even in cooking, cleaning, and doing homework, God can and has been using me to bless others.
I now understand the body of Christ in a much more meaningful way. We all have gifts and talents that God can use if we aren't too busy trying to get everyone else's talents!