Have you ever had someone say something you know, but once they say it it actually becomes clear? What I love about my relationship with God is that He doesn’t just say something to me, He gives me a full 3D experience to make sure I get it.
The speaker said “We are not called to be successful. We are called to be obedient.”
This word encouraged me to the point I almost shouted right there! God used my whole weekend to make this point.
Sometimes when we are doing things we were called to do we have a goal in mind, but it is not the same goal as God’s. There is a feeling that if He calls me to it, He is going to make me successful in it. Sometimes all He wants from us is to show up. We assume that He calls us to places to win the big prize or make the big deal.
Saturday started with me finishing last in a 5K. I mean the very last person to walk across the finish line. When I finally caught up with the police officer who managed the traffic for the race, I asked if he was afraid I was going to jump on his bike and ask for a ride because he pulled off everytime I got close. He laughed and went on home. I kept walking. I finished the race. (Now I wasn’t trying to win, but I later learned that I was not called to be successful, just to be obedient.) Somedays it is about us showing up.
No matter how many things are on my agenda for the day I still have to manage my business. Later that evening I sat down with my marketing plan and saw there were some holes in it. Usually, I would get frustrated and chuck it. I would look for something else or contact a consultant. But I came to a better understanding that I was not called to be successful, just obedient. Somedays it is about showing up.
This statement reminds me that God’s plan doesn’t look like man’s plans. As long as I am obedient, I am moving in the right direction. My obedience is success in God’s plan. You have to learn to listen to God and not all the people around you sending you in the wrong direction.
Finally, this evening as I was standing in a hallway, I watched a little boy have a melt down while the adults around him didn’t know what to do. The adult in me said leave those people alone, I don’t have a dog in this hunt. But the Holy Spirit who is quite familiar with me, said you know what needs to happen.
So his father put the little boy down after I asked if we could pray. After seven years as a children’s leader, you know how to listen for the Spirit speaking to you. You see this morning the pastor taught us that we are all in a struggle and God is waiting to rescue us. We just have to give Him our struggles.
I don’t know if the little one will understand what we prayed for, but I know that success was not my goal. It was being obedient to the Holy Spirit. The God I love gave me all of these expereinces that mean one thing on earth, but something different in heaven. This will be a year of letting the outcomes go. You see He didn’t call me to be successful. He called me to be obedient.
1 Samuel 15:22