Well guys. I’m broken. Any by that I mean my ankle. And by broken I mean I tore two ligaments on the front side of my left foot.
What this actually means is that I now have a minute to breathe, to contemplate, and to write. I’ve missed this blog. Though very few readers may actually make their way to this all but abandoned website of random disorganized musings, I have had a thought that I felt was important and perhaps worthy of sorting out and sharing tonight. My sincere hope is that the reader might be encouraged or enlightened by something I will write tonight.
We all have a place in this world. Some places seem more important because they are more visible; while sometimes places are coveted because they are more rare or require greater responsibility, and give a person influence or power. Still other places seem lowly, insignificant. Usually these places manifest themselves in ‘behind the scenes’ work– those unsung heroes whose lives are marked not by their power to influence, but by their ability to do the undesirable jobs– to keep things running smoothly.
Guys, I am a proud person. I am humiliated by my Savior in numerous ways every day. He shoots me down again and again and I pick myself up– only to proclaim my own strength and ability to fix any problems I create.
God has humbled me this summer. I planned to spend every evening of the week after work playing sports. I took the summer off school so I could focus on picking up my ultimate game and taking rec league softball wayyy too seriously.
Its all over now. One slide into second base last monday night ended all of my plans for an athletic summer. God, however, in His Grace, allowed me exactly one half of the summer to enjoy sports. But this second half will be spent differently.
Allow me to clarify something here. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sports. I feel as though God has given me a love and passion for sports and the outdoor, and that I have the responsibility to utilize this to the best of my ability.
But God had taught me something. And He had to do it the hard way.
In a more shallow way, I have tried to force my body to do things it wasnt really designed to do. I dont think this is a sin in and of itself, but my overconfidence and lack of honest humility may have necessarily caused the pain I am feeling this very night.
Jesus said, “… everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)
Do you know what I think? I think the key to finding your place in this world is humility. If you are Gods child, He has a plan for you. If you are like me, you want to squeeze and mold yourself into the position you want for your life– Your desire is to exalt yourself.
In the same way, Pride causes pain, frustration, and quite often despair.
Humility allows you to be moldable. Humility frees you to focus on whatever place (position, career, even geograohic location) you are meant to serve.
Embrace the person God made you, be willing to serve others where you are. Recognize that God has for you the perfect will, that may likely not be your own. And when God speaks to you through wise counsel, listen.
Looking for your place in this world? It’s in service to Christ, and those He places in your life. Be used by Him.
Peace and Love!