My life doesn’t have purpose. I wish I had a spiritual gift or ability that made a difference. God can’t use me; I’m at home with my kids all day. I haven’t been asked to serve on the retreat team. I guess I’m not good enough or smart enough.
These thoughts used to chase me around all day. Nagging me with their negativity. Weighing me down with discouragement.
I was lost at sea, tossing and turning in the monotony of motherhood and feeling like I had no purpose. I know now that I was fulfilling my purpose right there with my two toddlers in our sweet little home on Dansville Drive.
But to my significance-seeking heart, it didn’t feel like enough. Every day I begged God to show me what He wanted to do with my life. Have you ever been there?
One day He sent my neighbor (and good friend), Janet, over to my house to make a really big deal about a thank you note I’d written for her. In it, I described unique things about her that I appreciated. And God used her encouragement to show me I had a purpose and was part of His plans. Right where I was.
I didn’t need to seek a more significant position or purpose. I needed to see that where I was serving was significant, because it was where God had me.
Let me be your “Janet” today: Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing – it’s significant – because you’re a significant part of God’s purpose and plans right where He has you today.
Like Rick Warren tweeted this week, may we “never envy a significant place of service. Instead, (lets) make the place (where we) serve significant.”
Oh that we would we remember we are significant right where we are. That we could encouraged in heart and united in love with Jesus, and each other, as we do the little things He nudges us to do – noticing and caring about others, expressing appreciation, writing notes, leaving encouraging messages. It is simple yet so significant to take words and thoughts and turn them into gifts from God that we have the honor of giving away.
All it takes is getting a little intentional about making the most of spare minutes between meeting deadlines, driving carpool or changing dirty diapers. And that’s what 300 of you did last week when you committed to encourage others. I believe you did it because…
You want to God to use your life — and He did.
Your heart is filled with love to give — so you gave.
You long to make a difference — and you can.
You really can.
Last week, as I read your comments, I kept hearing God whisper, “I don’t want this to stop here.” So I’ve decided to launch Encouraging Words WednesdayMarch 9th and continue every 2nd Wednesday of each month. I hope you will join me. I’m so excited about the difference this could make in our lives, our families, marriages, workplaces, churches and communities.
Encouraging Words Wednesday
On Encouraging Words Wednesday I’ll post what God puts on my heart that day and a few of my favorite promises. We’ll all log into the comments section to tell who and how we’re going to encourage someone that day/week. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Simple is significant! And you can share an encouraging verse if you want to. If you’re having a hard day or feel discouraged that week, this will also be a great day to get filled up with encouragement so you’ll have some to give.
I want this to be “our thing” so I’m hoping someone can make a cute blog button for us. And I’m going to find out how to use Mr. Linky so if you write an Encouraging Words Wednesday post on your blog, you can link back to the post here. It would be fun to meet and encourage one another, and invite others along.
I’m excited about having this day once a month to help us follow God’s nudges and fulfill His significant purpose for us, right where we are. Here’s our theme verse. Hope you’ll be part of EWW.
I don’t know about you, but it’s a little hard for me to remember to check back on certain days, so you can be notified or sent a little reminder to hop over on Wednesday. Just enter your email in my “subscribe” box at the top of my sidebar, and/or friend me on Facebook.