Did I ever tell you that growing up, I assumed that only the most faithful Christians moved to Africa to serve God? I don’t know why it was always Africa, but it was. And since I was terrified to go to Africa, so I assumed I was just not as faithful as other Christians.
I also had this irrational fear that the Lord would send me to Africa just to prove a point. Yup, I was that naive. I remember even asking my mom one night at a women’s conference, “God won’t send me to Africa right? I won’t go.” She smiled and said something that I will never forget.
She said, “Jessie, the Lord will never force us to do anything without changing our hearts first.”
My point is, I believed that God chose only the most faithful to move overseas. I assumed I wasn’t one of them and therefore, a lot of my life, I overlooked many opportunities to serve Him.
I remember asking God, “If I am not called to move to Africa, how do I serve You in a significant way?”
We build and serve God’s Kingdom by lots of little interactions happening on a daily basis, by what we have, where we are and who we know around us right now.
Having an impact for God doesn’t have to be a grand gesture all the time, but a simple stirring of the heart to serve the people He loves, then acting on it, whether you are called to Africa or across the street!
- It can be a smile to a stranger to letting them know they are seen.
- Rocking your baby to sleep the arms that will always protect them.
- Listening to someone to remind them they are heard and cared about.
- Creating an environment in your classroom or home for children to feel safe and welcomed.
- Calling your parents once a week to let them know you love them.
Don’t underestimate the impact of a small gesture. You never know how God is using you. I encouraged you to say this prayer before you head out the door this morning, “Lord, I choose Your way. Whatever it takes. Accomplish Your Will in me.”
If we can understand that serving God is a daily interaction and ask Him to use us His way, things will happen in our life that we never expect and God will use and bless us beyond measure.