Laying Down Our LivesWhat sometimes holds you back from laying down your life for others?
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Make the Most of Me
by Marie Miller
"For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything." (v. 3-4)
Driving home with my dad on one of the nine hour treks from Nashville, Tennessee to Shenandoah Valley Virginia, I started questioning him about the highs and lows of parenting. It didn’t take long for me to realize how tough parenting must be sometimes. “It is too hard!” I told him. Still staring at the road, my dad bravely answered, “We were made to do hard things.”
All through the new and old testament God is calling His people to do hard, amazing, seemingly impossible things. Think of Moses freeing the people of Israel or Peter walking on water. In both these stories God called two ordinary men to do extraordinary things! In the same way, God is calling us to do extraordinary things for Him.
But God never asks us to do these things alone. In fact, He knows better than we do that we can do nothing without Him. He also knows that we are weak and fearful, but He works through our imperfections to carry out His perfect plan. He makes the most of us.
God might not be calling you to free a nation from slavery or to “step out on the sea”, but He is calling you to do amazing things in your own life. No matter how small or insignificant an act may seem, God can use it to help save the world.
- Marie Miller