There is so much I want to share that I could explode from the joy of it. How about at the beginning?
Not long into my teaching career I realized elementary classrooms were not my life’s calling. Once I married and had children I knew that raising a family according to God’s plan was a large part of my calling, but not the sum total.
I tried my hand at ministries, hobbies, home renovations, political activism, you name it. Nothing lit that fire for me.
Being a Jack-of-All-Trades but Master-of-None really bothered me.
Enter God’s Word.
I just kept seeking and knocking. What, Lord? What is the very specific thing I can do to please you? At my funeral, how do you want people to summarize my lifetime of knowing you?
This summer God connected the dots for me.
Everywhere I turn He places His glory and discipleship before me. It’s like those crazy “South of the Border” signs all the way through North Carolina. Obvious and often.
His glory. The full weight of His magnificent character. Completely sinless, utterly merciful, unbelievably generous, supremely wise, powerful beyond comprehension. The God who left paradise for the pits. The King turned undercover boss; who suited up in the uniform of humanity to win back renegade employees: us.
Discipleship. Giving myself fully to the Savior who wore a crown of thorns created by my sin. Hanging on every word of the One who hung on a cross of punishment meant for me. Caring so much about His desires that they become my own. Living to invest everything I know about Him into other people until His light reaches the darkest corners of the world.
Be captivated by His glory. Make more disciples by letting His glory shine through my life.
Light bulb! Boy, it’s a relief to finally know what I’m supposed to do when I grow up.
The call I’ve been missing isn’t one thing. It’s Him.
Whether I’m helping my husband, guiding my kids, teaching other women, writing, or working on a project just for fun – if I yield that activity to God, to do it His way (and for His reputation, not mine) then I can make His glory known. The weight of His presence with me will make an impression on everyone I contact. When my highest aim is knowing Him and making Him known…He becomes my satisfaction.
I’ve known this since I was a teenager, but I haven’t owned it. I was holding out to “be somebody”. ”Being somebody” is not part of a disciple’s job description.
My full-time job is admiring God and making Him irresistible to a watching world.
So Adam & I enrolled in seminary. Yup. We figured that if we’re going to make God-admiration our occupation we had better get a closer look at Him. The view is breathtaking.
I’ll go on being a Jack-of-All-Trades. I’m just not as concerned about mastering any of them. I just want my Master to be seen in every trade I undertake.
He is much more satisfying than attaining mastery.