When God Chooses to Work in the Ordinary & Call Us to Where We Already Are

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I’ve been writing this post in my head and heart for too long.

 

It’s the byproduct of so many late night wrestlings, so many journal entries and tweets and long-winded conversations with the people closest to me.

 

It’s those texts we send our friends about waiting for the next thing to happen – about anticipating the answers to our big questions, about finally finding that thing after waiting so long, hoping so desperately.

 

It’s the prayer we pray of God, just show me where to go and I’ll go, what to do and I’ll do it, who to be and I’ll be that person.

 

I’ve been there so many times, and honestly, I’m often still in that boat. Most of my daily prayers close with something along the lines of, “Lead me, Lord, to where you want me to be, who You want me to meet, to the future You have planned for me.”

 

And over the years, as I’ve grown as both a young adult and a Christian, I’ve often been so focused on that next thing, that I haven’t embraced the space where God has put me.

 

See, something that I’m ever-realizing is this: God doesn’t need us to be anything extraordinary in order to be used by Him; He uses us right where we are to fulfill His purposes that are so much bigger and more beautiful than just ourselves.

 

That’s not to say He doesn’t lead us ahead – simply that sometimes, the place He has for us is directly in front of us.

There’s a saying that’s been on my mind for a month or so now, that came to me one afternoon and stuck with me ever since, and it’s this: God wants willing hearts, not just loud voices. I’ve found a misconception among Christians regarding leadership, that only the people that are truly serving God are these bold, extroverted, popular, I’ve-got-my-life-together, vocational-ministry type of people. And as much as I’ve grown into a lot of those things, the times in which I’ve seen God work most in my life weren’t always when I was on a platform. They were in the times where things were tough and all I had to give was myself.

 

Because God uses us in our weaknesses and failings.

 

He uses us when we’re quiet and humble. He uses us in our vulnerability over our strength.

 

He uses us when we make things about HIM before we ever make it about our titles and positions.

 

He uses us when we’re scrubbing floors and painting walls and hanging lights and writing cards.

 

He uses us when we’re serving our families and communities, even when other things seem so much more glamorous and exciting.

 

He uses us in our singleness just as much as in our relationships, in our suffering just as much as when life’s carefree. He uses us in our doubts and in our frailties and in our mess-ups, just as in our victories.

 

Here’s the deal: God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses. When we acknowledge that we are nothing without God, and that we can achieve only things that are ultimately insignificant on our own, that is when we can allow the Holy Spirit to accomplish the most through us.

 

We are vessels of His glory, objects of His affection and expressions of His grace because of the holiness ascribed to our accounts through Jesus.

 

There’s a beautiful truth here, in that right where we are, with all of our quirks and our struggles and our limitations, God loves us. He sees the righteousness of His Son in us because of what He did for us on the cross. And He chooses to use us, right here and right now.

 

It’s good to be striving for more than complacency in our lives, of course it is. But when we trade in our complacency for discontentment, that we’re always waiting for a bigger audience and a fancier position and a holier-looking life in order to serve God, we’re fooling ourselves.

 

God qualifies us to do what He calls us to, not the other way around. He uses the small, seemingly insignificant things in our lives as we submit to Him to prepare us for what will come next.

 

But when we’re always looking ahead to where we think we want to be, and overlook where God has placed us now, we often miss out on the joy of serving Him right where we are, messiness and all. It’s all too easy to look to the future as the time where we’ll be serving God in an important way, and now as just the awkward in-between – yet He has us here for a reason.

 

I think it’s time we turn our dreams of serving God someday into living for Him today.

 

Because, friend, there is so much fulfillment found in that – in living for Him right where we are, watching Him work in everyday ways.

 

There is so much joy to be found when we make our lives about Him, and not us. So much joy to be found in trusting that He has us here in this town, in this job, with these people, for a reason – and that He wants to work in our lives now.

 

He wants to work in your life as a middle schooler – or a high schooler – or a college student – or a young adult – or a single, or a spouse, or a widow, or a parent or grandparent, brother or sister, daughter or son, aunt or uncle, or whatever else you may be.

 

He isn’t waiting for you to do anything more than wake up each day and say God, my life belongs to You. My day, my dreams, my plans – they’re Yours.

 

So today, Lord, may our heart-cries be “Grow me. Teach me. Renew me, fill me, mold me, and as You see fit, use me.”

 

Right here. Right now. In the mess, in the ordinary, in the right-here-right-now, all of it – may we let Him work in us exactly where we are – for it is His goodness and power in us that make it possible for us to have lives worth living.

 

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. – Philippians 2:12-13

 

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11 thoughts on “When God Chooses to Work in the Ordinary & Call Us to Where We Already Are

  1. Amanda, thank you. Thank you for always having something to say that I need to hear, and for never being afraid to say it. I look forward to your posts, and I’m so thankful that you take the time to put them up. God gave you an amazing gift with words. This post today was a reminder I needed. Thank you.

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  2. Thanks for this reminder. I’m in that place of coming home and coming back to “normal life” this week, and feeling like I still have my head in the clouds with dreams of “bigger and better things.” But I can’t deny that here is where I am meant to be for now, and that there must be a reason He has me here, so I’m looking forward to finding it. 🙂

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  3. So today, Lord, may our heart-cries be “Grow me. Teach me. Renew me, fill me, mold me, and as You see fit, use me.” << Amen and amen. This is my new prayer to pray over and over again :')

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  4. Thanks so much for posting this! As a high school student, I definitely needed this, especially because it seems like this summer hasn’t had much purpose for me yet. Your post also made me think of Proverbs 3:5-6 : “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” 🙂 On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 5:02 AM Scattered Journal Pages wrote:

    > Amanda Beguerie posted: ” I’ve been writing this post in my head and heart > for too long. It’s the byproduct of so many late night wrestlings, so > many journal entries and tweets and long-winded conversations with the > people closest to me. It’s those texts we sen” >

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  5. Excellent post Amanda. I like the verse Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

    Just a suggestion: you might remove the white spaces between your text…I think the way you currently format your post makes it more difficult to read. Long paragraphs broken up into smaller pieces is good…but large white space between each sentence is a departure from the normal that detracts and distracts from your message rather than emphasizing it.

    Good words, though…enjoyed it first thing this morning. Blessings to you.

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  6. Thank you for the message Amanda. It’s terribly easy to forget Jesus’ “flipped” version of leadership that teaches us that in order to be more like Him the more we’re to be servants to those around us. He is the ultimate example of a leader and yet His example was to wash his disciple’s feet, and to sacrifice himself completely as He died for us all.

    I also think though that sometimes God places a since of discontentment within us at times to break us out of the box of complacency that we allow or put ourselves in.

    Anyways, this was a wonderful reminder… Thank you for conveying your inspiration.

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  7. “I’ve found a misconception among Christians regarding leadership, that only the people that are truly serving God are these bold, extroverted, popular, I’ve-got-my-life-together, vocational-ministry type of people.”

    ^^ This really hit home with me in SOOO many ways! I’ve seen it time and time again where it seems like people only think you’re serving God when you’re up on a stage, or in front of a group of people, or just anywhere, as long as there is a spotlight on you. I’ve even felt like a ‘bad Christian’ at times because people don’t really understand–and therefore pressure and shame me slightly, whether they intend to or not–that I don’t WANT to be under a spotlight, and I’d rather be in the back, working with the people who need it, rather than talking or singing or WHATEVER at them.

    And that was a bit of a tangent… XD

    But I’m really glad I read this! I’ve always found it difficult to live in the here and now rather than the WONDERFUL FANTASTIC FUTURE, where all my dreams will obviously come true… XD So thank you so much for this beautiful reminder!!! ❤

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  8. I absolutely love this! It is when we aren’t letting God use us where we are that we become discontent with life and struggle to find joy. I’ve found that when I spend time with Him and find joy in Him, it makes it easier to let Him use me exactly where He has me, even if it doesn’t make sense to me at the time.

    Thanks for this wonderful reminder!

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