Have you ever looked at someone else and wished you could live like they did? Like, maybe a celebrity or someone you personally know? They seem to dress right, know the right people, and are popular.
At work today, a colleague mentioned how she wanted to be best friends with a particular celebrity couple…just for those reasons: beauty, dress, fame.
It’s hard to admit it, but I’ve fallen into that trap many times. Over time, though, I have learned to appreciate my life and what God has given me.
While it seems they live a glamorous lifestyle, those who earn front cover photo opportunities also care about safety, privacy, and about a sense of fulfillment…just like us. Everyone seeks a sense of joy and satisfaction, whether you live in a small town or on Hollywood Hills. At the end of the day, we are all nothing without Christ.
Just ask the lottery winner who just went bankrupt. Money doesn’t buy everything.
Hadassah, also called Esther, lost her mother and father. If it not for her older cousin, Mordecai, or God’s grace in her life, she may have not been elevated to queen and able to save the Jewish people from a massacre.
Nehemiah, a Jewish employee , a cupbearer for a Persian king and living far from home, hears about his native city being destroyed. Were it not for a kind king and God’s grace, he may not have been able to take a bold step to rebuild the wall and safety of his homeland.
Moses, destined to die as a baby due to a decree by Pharoah, led the Israelites, God’s people, across dry land away from the hand of the Egyptians. Were it not for quick thinking of his mother and God’s grace, he would not have been able to be a leader.
These three people were not born in a castle to a royal family to be used by God.
They were ordinary people who used their influence in their circumstances to do great things. They beat great odds.
J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) British Missionary, Pioneer to China, said, “All of God’s greats have been weak men who did great exploits for God because they reckoned on His being faithful.”
Where God has placed you is no accident. It may seem less exciting than the lives of the people around you, but it doesn’t have to be. When you are aware of who you are and to whom you belong, it should thrill you! Remember God’s destiny for your life is just that…yours.
So, if you take your talents and giftings (that God hand-picked and chose for you) + his power in you = you fulfilling great things for God.
Galatians 2:20 : “I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”