Back in the day my dad used to say, “If you’re waiting until you can afford to get married, you’ll be waiting for years.”
Looking back at it now, I see what he meant. Michael and I could barely afford groceries, never mind all of the extras that came with running a home. And then there were kids, and a car, and a mortgage to fund, but somehow we made it, and by God’s grace we got by.
As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded of the many ways God calls us to serve, and the countless excuses that keep holding us back.
Certainly there’s a time to plant and a time to sow, a time to step out and a time to be still, but the question is, are you waiting on God or is He waiting on you?
Too often we put off our mission, until the timing feels right. From our comfy spot on the sofa, we wait for a knock on the door, a big cheque to arrive, or a way to free up some time, instead of taking that first step of faith.
With that, I’m reminded of Joseph–a man on a mission where ever he went. Whether he was in prison or alone in a pit, he allowed God to move in his life and to use him.
I look at the Bible and I see God using people right where they are. Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate day after day. Rahab a prostitute in Jericho. Ruth a widow with no home of her own. Mary a young virgin. James and John two fishermen out on the lake.
You don’t need much to serve God, in fact, the Bible says, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much…” (Luke 16:10, KJV)
In other words, if all that you have are two hands, be faithful with the hands that you have. If all that you have is love, be faithful with the love that you give. If all that you have is a pocket of change, be faithful with the money you have. If all that you have is time, be faithful with the time that you have.
Start each day by asking yourself, “What do I have, and how can I use it to serve?”
Use every opportunity to draw others to Christ, as you give, and you serve, and you love.
If we are the body
Why aren’t his arms reaching?
Why aren’t his hands healing
Why aren’t his words teaching?
(If We Are the Body, Casting Crowns)
Tilling the Soil
Read The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30, and then ask yourself what you can do with what you’ve been given.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (Luke 16:10, KJV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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