Fulfilling My Roles.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.

D.L. Moody

Today I’m wrapping up my series of journals focusing on the various roles God has given me during this season. First, I am a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who looks to the needs of others rather than myself. I’ve been given the unique opportunity to serve not only my family and friends, but also the people of Malawi and the children at MCM. I pray that God gives me unique insight into how to best serve the people He places in my path.

I also get to be a wife. Being a wife is one of my most favorite roles and I’m so thankful that I get to serve my husband and serve others with him.

Another role God has blessed me immeasurably with is the role of mother. I have the privilege of teaching my three children to love the Lord and others as He makes them more like Him. It is a vital role.

Thankfully God has also allowed me to be a friend. Although I have some friends near and some friends over 8,000 miles away, I can serve my friends by intentionally reaching out to them. I want to serve my friends by encouraging them, listening to them and committing to pray for them.

Finally, God has asked me to fulfill the role of writer. He’s given me this journal and an audience, so I pray I steward it well by allowing Him to speak through me.

D.L. Moody’s words impacted me when I read them. I often place unrealistic expectations on myself regarding what I should be able to accomplish. I end up discouraged because I can’t achieve the ideal I have in my head. What I fail to realize is that I’m just one person, but that is ok. I am one person. History proves that God can use one person to do “something” amazing for the kingdom of God. Paul, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, and so many others were all simply one person. Look at what they accomplished for the kingdom of God. Whole continents heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not because these were “super” people, but because they served the “super” God.

Though I often feel like I have little to offer, I serve that same “super” God. Like Moody said, by the grace of God, I will do what I can do. By His grace I can fill the roles of servant, wife, mother, friend and writer. The fact is, I am weak. That’s why I am so often overwhelmed and discouraged by how little I feel like I’ve accomplished. The good news is my God is never weak, and it’s His strength that He pours out freely on me. One of my favorite scriptures, 2 Corinthians 12:9, reminds me, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” As I cling to this truth I’m reminded that I can do exactly what God has called me to do. Praise God, He will not call me to something and then leave me to accomplish it on my own. As Mark Batterson says, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”