Are we really making an impact on those around us?
In our family? In our church? In our community?
Chances are you already know God’s plan for your life, and you’re striving toward that goal every day. Perhaps it’s working in a specific ministry, helping in your child’s school, serving the poor and needy, or being a great wife and mom.
Yet why is it that sometimes we don’t see any results for our efforts?
Why do we sometimes feel like we’re not accomplishing anything?
Last fall I joined a new ministry at my church. I knew God called me there, and I was oh, so excited to see what He was going to do through me! Yet as the months slipped by, I didn’t feel like I was making much of an impact at all.
I talked to God about my concerns. I stayed positive and told myself I wouldn’t give up. But some days I found it difficult to even show up.
I felt invisible, alone, and irrelevant.
Then God reminded me of a lesson I’d learned a few years earlier.
He wants us to focus our attention on Him, not the works He prepared in advance for us to do.
I realized that when I joined this new ministry, I lost focus on the real goal. I was so busy trying to make a difference that I was forgetting to put God first each day. He had called me to consistently pray for this new ministry; He didn’t call me to mentor every person who attended the group or say the perfect thing to fix their problems.
Phil Vischer said “The impact God has planned for us doesn’t occur when we’re pursing impact. It occurs when we’re pursuing God.”
What about you? Do you want to make an impact on your children? On your spouse? On your boss and coworkers? What about your Sunday School class or the unsaved?
We must start with simply loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. When we spend quality time with Him every day, the rest naturally falls into place.