I started my day off praying and meditating specifically asking the Lord to reveal how He wants me to use my life for Him today.
As I ended that prayer I knew all He is asking today is for me to walk with Him in obedience - if I truly do that I can be used for exactly what He intends.
I was reading a John Piper story this morning about how he grew up watching his father evangelize. And out of all the horrible stories of young people losing their lives, tales of people coming to know the Lord on their sickbeds and on and on - the one story that broke his heart as a young man the most was this one. This old gentleman had been prayed for - for decades, and in his final years came to know the Lord. This is what he remembered the gentleman saying to his father... I've wasted it - my entire life, wasted..." Here's the quote from John's book.
“In those early years God awakened in me a fear and a passion not to waste my life. The thought of coming to my old age and saying through tears, “I’ve wasted it! I’ve wasted it!” was a fearful and horrible thought to me”
I assume many of you are like me, and perhaps because we're Americans it's difficult for us to believe that simple obedience and a pure life may be perhaps all God is asking us in order for us to be in his will. We see so many glamorous things on TV and all around us that look so important and perfect that it becomes the 'normal' or the goal in our minds. I believe it's satan's most perfect deceit - taking our contentment and confidence away and convincing us we are inaffective or not good enough. Lies! We were CREATED by the creator of the universe - how can we forget that? Please believe it with me!
I just wanted to encourage you all today, no matter how UN-glamorous your day seems - if you are living for Him - it's exactly where He wants to use you today. Pay attention and keep your minds pure before Him and watch the opportunities that He brings!
Here we go!