Aah. Well, some days I spend staring into a great abyss of spreadsheets and retracing the wild adventures of people’s money (sometimes my own). Others, I wholeheartedly plan to be on the front lines of conquering human trafficking across the globe. And yet others, I spend researching ant chow recipes for the six year-old ant farmer I have the privilege of working with.
So when people ask, “what do you do?”, I tend to get confused before I even answer. I do what the day needs me to do, and I want to do whatever it is with the intentionality of revealing the glory of God through my words and actions (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I think sometimes the reason this question frustrates me is because it should never be about “what” I do. It should be about “why” I do. “What” I do… could be feeding five thousand homeless children in a third-world country. But why would I do that, if not to lead them to their father who (unlike me) can actually give them a limitless hope and a better future… for eternity, in fact?
As Paul said so eloquently:
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 AMP
I believe taking the perspective of why versus what also relieves us of the pressure of whether we’re “doing” enough to make a difference. In reality (probably quite often), I may never ever know whether what I do or say has made a difference in someone’s life. Because, honestly, that’s not the job God has given me (or you). Our job is to seek him first in all things (Matthew 6:33). Seek him first in your job by doing your best. Seek him first at the grocery store by letting someone ahead in the check-out. Seek him first at home by putting your phone down and loving on family. Seek him first in, yes, feeding thousands of homeless children.
The point is “what” I should do is whatever I’m doing, with my “why” leading me in it. My job is to love others out of his love for me, and share the hope of Jesus as I venture on from day to day. Whether or not someone’s life has been impacted by my efforts is not relevant to me. That is completely God’s job and, frankly, I don’t want that responsibility.
Our job is to take his message and make it our WHY behind everything we do.
We many never know if, when, or where the seed we spread may land or the condition of the ground in which it lands (thank you for this reminder, Logan Wolfram!). OUR JOB is to sprinkle that seed around like confetti and leave a trail everywhere we go, in ALL that we do! 🎉 ❤️
“He taught them many things by using stories, parables that would illustrate spiritual truths, saying: “Consider this: There was a farmer who went out to sow seeds. As he cast his seeds, some fell along the beaten path and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell onto gravel that had no topsoil. The seeds quickly shot up, but when the days grew hot, the sprouts were scorched and withered because they had insufficient roots. Other seeds fell among the thorns and weeds, so when the seeds sprouted, so did the weeds, crowding out the good plants. But other seeds fell on good, rich soil that kept producing a good harvest. Some yielded thirty, some sixty, and some even one hundred times as much as he planted!”
Matthew 13:3-8 TPT.