Picture a small herd of 7 year old girls in softball uniforms with matching shoe laces and hair bows having graduated last season from T-Ball and preparing now to play REAL softball. The coach looks at their smiling faces searching for a volunteer because if you don’t have a tee, you need a catcher. He’s not looking for someone that’s an experienced catcher. He’s just looking for someone he can work with. The girls are all there because they love being on the team and they want to play softball. But they don’t want to do “that”. They don’t want to:
- · Wear yucky catchers gear.
- · Have balls and bats flying around them.
- · Be embarrassed when they do it wrong.
- · Have the rest of the team relying on them.
They want a position on the team, they just don’t want the position the coach is offering them.
I am amazed at how many people I know whose hearts are yearning to find the way the Lord wants them to serve. Like those 7 year old girls, they are eager to play on Jesus’ team but their vision of what they see themselves doing is so narrow they’re missing the prompting of the Lord.
They want to figure out their path but they:
- · Don’t consistently and persistently pray for direction.
- · Don’t ask input from Christian friends.
- · Don’t want to learn something new.
- · Don’t want it to interrupt their life or offer any sacrifice.
- · Don’t want to risk failure.
But these excuses don’t make the yearning to serve go away. It’s like your heart knows 1 Corinthians 7:17- “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” Searching for that calling can be painful. Have you ever floundered around looking for purpose but meanwhile another week, month year slips by without you feeling intentional? I have.
I have been there more than once in my life and will probably end up there again one day. Let me tell you what I have learned. When I finally step forward and take the steps towards serving in the way the Lord’s led me, I look back and can see all the times I was ignoring God. Really.
For the last 12 months I have been leading a cancer ministry but for YEARS people have encouraged me in this direction and I’d think they were nuts. Opportunities to serve or be trained would open before me and I would say “no”. Why? That’s not how I saw myself serving the Lord. I didn’t have a better idea, but I didn’t like that idea!
My fear made me disregard God’s plan. God’s plan was not for me to serve in a way I was equipped to serve, His plan was for me to serve Him in a way that required immense faith in Him. It takes faith because He doesn’t give you the whole plan; He just gives you the next step. It’s not about you being what He needs, it’s about Him becoming what YOU need.
God’s just looking for someone He can work with. Is that you? Think about what you have said “no” to lately. Is that your next step?