So many days I’m running 100 miles an hour from the time my feet hit the floor until I lay down at night. My to do list is longer than the hours I’ll be awake, and the demands made are more than I could ever live up to. It’s so hard to really get focused when life is moving so quickly.
I took a trip to Rome (a neighboring town) this week with Lydia (she’s 4). On the drive there she was playing a game, we chatted and I was listening to some worship songs. We got to where we were going, hit the shoe store and Sams, and quickly did our business at each before they closed. On the way back I heard a song. It caused me to immediately begin to look back on just the last few hours. Had I included Jesus? Did I shine his light in my interactions with others? Was I being an example to Lydia? Was I letting the Lord guide me as I moved from one thing to the next?
As I began to beat my self up, and criticize all the things, I heard the voice of the Lord. He said “I am always with you”.
He reminded me that when I sing along in worship to a song in the car, He’s there. He’s there ministering to me, and Lydia. When she sees my heart for the Lord in that moment, she sees Jesus at work in me. He reminded me that when I took extra time while shopping to engage in conversation with someone, to care about them, He was there loving on us both. He reminded me that being kind and patient with others in a time when it’s harder than ever to connect, and easier than ever to hide behind our masks, He’s in that.
It was a beautiful reminder to me that even though I know Jesus is always with me as part of the big picture, He is also in the smallest of the details. When I feel like I’ve failed Him miserably by not doing anything grand or obvious in his kingdom throughout my day, He reminds me that loving others into His kingdom is indeed the grandest of all.
Ministering Jesus to others doesn’t always look like lights a mic and a stage. It doesn’t always look like a bible study or writing devotionals. Some days it looks like taking a minute to engage with someone. Reading a bible story to your kids. Loving on your family. Looking someone in the eyes and letting them know that if even for a second another person cares about their existence. Providing food to someone who’s hungry. Paying a bill for someone who can’t seem to get ahead. Causing someone to smile or laugh. Bringing joy to someone’s day with a card, letter, phone call, text. Praying for someone. Forgiving someone. Listening to someone. When we pour into others out of the overflow of His spirit that dwells in us, we are doing exactly what we were called to do.
It may look different for you than for me. You may have different opportunities to minister to others in different ways than I can. Living out your purpose isn’t as hard as we make it. Jesus is always with us, and if we’ll let Him, He will use every single detail of our lives to glorify Him, and perfect us.
Jesus is with you. How will you let Him shine through you today? ❤️
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Matthew 28:20 KJV