Monday, January 30, 2012

Bloom where you are planted

In the midst of my busyness, I've been overwhelmed with decisions...trying to figure out where God wants me. 

Should I apply for a full-time teaching job? Should I start tutoring part time and focus on my blog/etsy shop? Should I focus on writing? And there's so much more....

Even though these are all good things, I don't want to do something good....and miss out on something great that God might have for me.
I also want to use what God has given me, but not for my own success but for His glory.

So I go back and forth, trying to look to the future, trying to discern what "great thing" God may have for me. And then God speaks to me through a passage of scripture and a woman at church sharing these words of truth.

"Bloom where you are planted"

I easily get carried away with my own dreams of success or becoming someone great and I forget that I need to be great right where God has placed me. 

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."

These verses were very challenging to me and I hope they can be an encouragement to you as well. I don't often think of ambitious as leading a quiet daily life. 

So to those of us who have not (yet) been called to do that which we deem great, remember, "Bloom where you are planted" because although you may wish you were in a garden, sometimes the most beautiful blossoms are found in the ditch.
Make that ditch beautiful!

3 comments:

  1. I love this, Faith. "Make that ditch beautiful!" :D

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  2. Thank you so much for posting what is on your heart. I relate to this so so much. I tend to procrastinate, and I feel like I procrastinate all of the greatness God has for me. I need to think of it like you do, by making that ditch beautiful!! Amen. :)

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