Unseen doesn’t mean unimportant

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Recently, on the “About” page of my blog I received a comment from a reader which made me think deeply about what really is a service to God. The comment kept on crossing my mind and helped me to develop a new outlook about the importance and influence of my day to day life and how it ultimately serves the Lord.

“Elizabeth, I must share with you that because of the fact that God gave you children, He was sending the message to you that your children would be your primary responsibility, but also (please understand this it is so important) in the process of raising your children He would be readying you for further service to Him. In fact, the basic thing is that we are in service to God 24 hours a day 7 days a week, not just in a meeting or a class, it is every day as you do what is primary, you are setting an example not just to your children but to those who witness your accomplishments with your children. When you cook for your family you are doing for God, when you teach your children you are doing it for God. When your husband teaches others he is being obedient to God. Bless you in your work and always remember you are doing what you do for God. It is all God’s work.”

Many times I disregarded the importance of daily tasks! I do like raising kids, cooking for family and other household works…but thinking that these are mundane jobs which aren’t prominent enough to give any value to my life. I didn’t put them into the ‘service to God’ category. But these unseen tasks I do, definitely created a difference in my family’s life. Each time I served food, each time I spent time playing with my son, each time I did some massage and exercise for my daughter, each time I spent talking and listening to my husband I was investing in their lives. I was giving out a part of my life to them. Eventually, I served the Lord by serving my family.

It’s very true that we are in service to God 24 hours and 7 days a week. He wants us to live an intentional life daily. And our influence resides in our day to day life – when we raise our kids, look after our family’s needs, encourage a friend, serve elderly parents, offer hospitality to others, make a phone call to ask about our friends & relatives, offer help to people in need or just say thanks to people who help us.

These tasks might seem unimportant but they do matter and make a great difference in the lives of people God has placed in our lives. Our parenting, relationships, works and all that we do become meaningful and rewarding when we do it unto Him. Even though most of the works are unnoticed and unseen by people they are definitely seen and rewarded by God.

I want to encourage you to continue to be faithful with all the daily jobs God has entrusted you with. Give it all you have knowing that everything you do, you do it unto Him. Don’t despise them because they aren’t glamorous enough to give value to your life or to become your FB/Instagram posts or come under the ‘service to God’ category. You might feel invisible and insignificant while doing them but God is aware of them. This is where He prepares you for the greater responsibilities. Through each work you do, you bring glory and honour to your creator.

Dear Lord, help me become a glass of refreshing water to the thirsty souls you placed in my life. Help me become the person you want me to be. Grant me your guidance and strength to play each role in my life and do all my works faithfully which will bring glory to you! In Jesus’s name, Amen!

 

 

 

The Joyful Wait!

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“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering”.   Hebrews 10:23

There are times in our lives, when we feel like our prayers are just not reaching to God. No matter how hard we pray, how much we pray, how ceaselessly we pray, somewhere we feel we are not able to move that “mountain” from our lives. At the end of the day, it looks like our prayers have just reached the ceiling and returned back to us. Disappointment creeps in as we wait for the answer to our prayers day after day, month after month and year after year.

Have you been there before?

But waiting on God can be joyful too when we have full confidence in His faithfulness, when we choose to trust Him despite our circumstances, when we have complete faith in His promises and when we depend on His strength rather than our own.

I want to share a small incident with you, which has given me an insight into joyful waiting.

My husband was out of station and he promised to my 5 years old son that he would return soon. Every day with each sound of our front gate opening, my son would think his dad was back. He would run to me and say “Papa came”. Each time I would tell him that it’s not his papa but our neighbour who opened the gate. He wouldn’t get disappointed as he knew maybe the next time it will be his papa who will open the gate. And after 5 days of long waiting, finally this morning, it was his papa who opened the gate. His joy had no bounds to see his dad returned as he jumped into his papa’s arms.

How I wish to have such a faith in my Father!  A faith which joyfully waits, which doesn’t get disappointed, which is so confident, which isn’t wavered by the circumstances, which is determined and which finally finds what it seeks.

If you are in a waiting season, I know how hard it is. But I want to encourage you to hold on to the promises, be steadfast in your faith, don’t be moved by the opposite circumstances, but be joyful knowing that He who promised is faithful. Even though all the opened doors will not be for you, one surely will be opened for you. Trust His heart of love. Because those who trust in Him will never be disappointed.