I used to think that following Jesus would be something big, like a call to mission work in a foreign country, or being a public figure of some kind. This was terrifying to me. As of yet I haven’t felt led to a strange place, or a stage (thankfully!). But while I am quietly raising my kids, and working and writing, I forget that this too counts- that sometimes faithfully following Jesus is a call to quiet and steady. Faithful living can be found in our ordinary living.
So I write, because I often don’t know what I think about something until I write it out. The process between my subconscious and my pen makes connections that I wouldn’t come to otherwsie. I write to think, encourage, give a fresh idea, or help just one person not feel like they are the only one. Oh? Me too!
Here is the other thing about writing: it offers proof and perspective. I can look back at old journals and see my prayers, my pleas, my life unfolding and, with the perspective of time passing, I can see afresh a God who is present. This perspective helps me today, because here is the truth- following God is sometimes hard.
It is only later that I can trace back that path and then I can see that when I felt alone, I never really was. So, we tell the stories to testify, to remind ourselves and to show others that God is a good, good God.
Not all of us are called to write or to an exotic mission field, but we are called to something. God has given us all gifts and abilities and using our gifts is a gift given back to God. Maybe you are gifted with hospitality, with putting together a beautiful meal and connecting with people. What a precious gift that is. You can do that, and while you are around the table, tell the stories. Tell the stories about God’s faithfulness, so that others don’t feel alone. Our ordinary living is our story of faithful living, and we can begin today.