Flowers In Asphalt

When was the last time you didn’t like what you were doing? Things like, working in fast food, or sitting in math class. Maybe just work or school in general, or maybe it’s a family vacation. Maybe it’s reading my devo... We have all had to do something at one point or another we didn’t like, and we have all had thoughts like “I’m better than this.” “This can’t be what the rest of my life looks like.”I’m going to die of boredom.” “My talents are being wasted here.” All of those thoughts have crossed my mind at one point or another in my life and I’m sure they have crossed yours. When you are doing something you don’t like it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of misery. It’s hard not to think “This can’t be what God is calling me to do.”

I have good news for you! It’s not what God is calling you to do. By that I mean, He is not calling you to whine and complain about what you are doing. He is calling you to something greater. He is calling you to serve Him where you are. Often I find myself looking for the next big thing, which causes me to miss the little things. I tend to look at the things I don’t like doing, as temporary circumstances until I get to the good stuff. That causes me to miss out on what God is actually calling me to do. God has you where you are for a reason. Instead of looking at how to get out of where you are, you should look to serve God as much as you can while you are there.

God calls us to serve Him where we are. Believe it or not, God knows what He is doing. Paul says in Philipians 4:12-13

I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Paul went through a lot of stuff that he didn’t enjoy, but instead of complaining about it, he allowed God to strengthen him to endure it. On top of that his circumstances were much worse than yours or mine.

We need to allow God to strengthen us, in order to build endurance in our circumstances, so that we can redirect our focus from ourselves and put it on serving Christ. I would encourage you to dig in a little bit more and spend some time in James 1:1-18 and 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 both passages are great encouragement, to focus on where you are and to serve God where he has you.

-Luke K.