Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Purple Cellar: Demands of the Heart

The Purple Cellar: Demands of the Heart
I thought that this was an interesting post by Lydia Brownback on her blog, The Purple Cellar. I can relate to feeling that if God is not going to give me a husband and children, then He is going to do something BIG and exciting with my life. While I definitely want to live my life for God's glory, I am learning that living a big life does not always look the way I think it does. When I was in North Africa, I could see God being glorified in the work among believers. I felt that living a big life would look something like that. Then a few months ago, I had a part time job at a local skating rink. Serving nachos and fountain drinks was not what I expected to do after graduating from college. There were times when I wanted to hand people their order and say, "Here's your coke, and I guess what? I have a college degree!" What pride! While doing my work I often thought about the millions of people around the world who needed Christ. I soon learned that God was at work in the lives of the people there just as much as in North Africa. Habakkuk 2:14 says, " For the earth will be filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." What a great promise to believers. Our labors for the advancement of the gospel cannot be in vain, whether we are called to live in a Muslim country or in a small town in America. Ministry opportunities are everywhere, with every person, because God wants to be glorified everywhere and in every person.

Don't get me wrong, I think that being a housewife AND serving in North Africa (and I hope to someday do both) are equally exciting...if they are done to the glory of God.


Melanie said...

Amen, sister!