Traveling and speaking at various schools, libraries, and other venues with my husband and pack of wiener dogs is, well, interesting to say the least. Many times comical, other times sobering, always enjoyable. While self-employment definitely has its advantages and disadvantages, I am so grateful my Creator has provided this unique opportunity – to make a living doing something I love with the people I love. One of my favorite parts of traveling to various events is meeting people and hearing their stories. As I meet someone new, I always ask what they do for a living. Nine times out of ten, they answer with the following:
In case you are confused, let me continue.
“I’m just a mom.”
“I’m just a bank teller.”
“I’m just a cafeteria worker.”
“I’m just a secretary.”
I want to scream, “You’re not ‘just a’ anything!” Though it may not be their intent, what their statement says to me is they don’t feel they are important, or their life isn’t as productive or purposeful as someone else’s. I always reply, “You’re not ‘just a’ mom – You’re a mom, a mom to somebody very special, and that’s so important!”
GOD DOESN’T MAKE A “JUST A”
All throughout Scripture, God uses the common to do the spectacular. When the angel appeared to Mary and told her she would be the mother of the Christ child, I’m sure she thought, “I’m just a girl!” I wonder if David muttered the words, “I’m just a little boy” when he stood before the giant. Look at the apostles – they were commonplace, every day, run of the mill people, but they were the ones Jesus chose to build His church.
Let’s look at how The Message phrases Ephesians 4:7-13:
But that doesn't mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift. The text for this is,
He climbed the high mountain,
He captured the enemy and seized the booty,
He handed it all out in gifts to the people.
Is it not true that the One who climbed up also climbed down, down to the valley of earth? And the One who climbed down is the One who climbed back up, up to highest heaven. He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ's followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ's body, the church, until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.
PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT
Did you catch that first sentence? We shouldn’t look and speak and act the same. God has handed out different gifts, personalities, purposes, and plans for each of us. We must remember that God is the One who blessed us with these gifts and He will use them for His purpose. God didn’t just haphazardly create us. We are prepared by God’s handiwork, wonderfully made for a special purpose. He specifically created teachers, secretaries, moms, accountants, writers, musicians, and everything in between. If he can use a shepherd boy, fishermen, a tax collector, and even a pack of wiener dogs, I promise you He has a plan and a purpose for you. Remember, you’re not “just a” anything – you are special, unique, and precious in His sight.