Everybody knows the right way to eat pizza.
Pepperoni with parmesan.
The first bite is out of the side by the crust, right?
No. The first bite is the pointed part, of course.
Why do we think this? Because it’s how it’s “supposed” to look?
Or is it better as a supreme pizza with meats and vegetables?
Two pieces together.
Or just folded in half.
With ranch dressing?
Or pizza with ham and pineapple.
Or what about an all vegetable pizza?
What about 3 day old pizza on the desk in your dorm room? Perfect! Right?
Pizza is a serious thing and people get kinda passionate about the right way to enjoy it.
Maybe NOT having pizza is the right answer.
The thing is – none of these are wrong and none are right.
They are just different.
Mission work is the same way.
When we do work for the Lord, haters, skeptics, and critics come out of nowhere.
When we start telling people we feel God is calling us to do a specific work, we hear more, “You’re doing it wrong,” than anything else.
Maybe it’s not wrong at all. Maybe just different than someone else thinks it “should” look.
When we ask God what HE wants us to do instead of doing what WE would like to do every day, life begins to look different, WE begin to live differently, and spiritual warfare happens more than usual yet peace is more apparent at the same time.
When you stop looking around at other people, and you start looking UP to God and asking His direction, that’s when most amazing things start happening.
I pray for peace for people reading this and for all people to find God’s plan for their lives because He has one for each of us.
~~~> When people are focused on what God’s planned for their own lives, there won’t be time to be upset about the jobs God’s got others doing or upset about the way He’s showing them to do the jobs. <~~~
Some people believe you must do mighty things to actually get visible results. But God’s got this. He once had people march around a city and the walls fell down. Can you imagine the things that were said to them and about them and the way people mocked their faith? March around a city? Blow horns? What?! Such nonsense, right?
But the walls fell all the same.
~~~> Sometimes God said things that really seem strange. “Cast your nets on the other side.”
Does God not realize how completely silly that sounds to human ears? (I’m sure He does.)
I mean, when you think about it, the water underneath the boat was all the same water, right? <~~~
But He said to obey and when they did, the nets were full of fish.
It is about obedience to His Calling even when it looks silly to other people.
For our family, we believe God is calling our family to Alaska to open and care for a homeless teen center. Unless you have walked in our shoes, you wouldn’t understand how this fits every experience and test God’s put us through.
Some say, “God doesn’t lead us like that today.”
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, right?
So since He’s the same…
He led people before the Bible was written, right?
And we know He led people during Bible times.
And He leads us now.
And how does that look for each of us? I believe it may look just as different as each example in the Bible. It looks as different as each “right” way to eat pizza. What if all the ways are right enough? When we look at the Bible examples, there are so many ways God led and so many different jobs He gave people.
God leads our steps when we ask Him to – and I’ve noticed over time that He was leading me EVEN when I wasn’t paying as much attention to my life. That’s pretty cool to think about. My past is messy (just like many others’ lives are messy.) And IF my life and past did nothing but bring me to spend the rest of it speaking blessings over people and telling you that YOU MATTER, all the junk I’ve been through was worth it to get to this place.
You are SO valuable. And if you forget, ask me and I will remind you a thousand more times. You are worth something. Maybe someone didn’t notice this about you. That’s unfortunate. Your life matters and your story matters.
It is so great that we each have different ways of learning, living, speaking, listening, different talents, and different ideas. What a boring world it could be if we were all exactly the same.
Sometimes when we do work for God, I have to wonder if He sees it as we do when our children do jobs we ask them to do.
Example: Your young child washes a window. She’s proud of the work she did. You see the effort and also the places of the window she missed. You’re still proud of her for trying. You (hopefully) do not tell her what an awful job she did but instead, praise her and also help teach her gently how to do a better job as she tries next time and the next.
When we do work for God, we are proud of the work we did (sometimes a bit TOO proud and forget to thank and honor Him for the talents to do the jobs in the first place) and I’m sure God sees all the spots we missed.
He’s STILL proud of us for trying.
Ask God what HE wants you to do. Try this for a month. Follow the tugs on your heart and see how He will show you His plan for you.
[Note: Our family would love to hear how God’s using your life and story.]
[Another Important note: We would love to hear about the right way to order and eat pizza, too.]