Believers have a tendency to engage in ministry according to their gift mixes and competencies. We sign up for what we can do. Then when we run into snags, we ask Jesus to help. That means we bring 95% to the table, and we press in for His 5% to make up the difference for our lack. I’m thinking that pattern grossly limits what God can do in and through us.
For that matter, we even “sign up” for parenting planning for the number of children we can imagine raising with excellence. We certainly didn’t volunteer for challenges beyond our capacity, like birthing children with disabilities!
I’m thinking I would rather live outside the limits of my competencies. I have chosen to dream according to the desires He has placed within me, and discern what He desires to do. I step up to partner with Him bringing my 5%, my competencies and gifts in view of His grand vision. He supplies His 95%. I steward my 5% with excellence.
When assignments, whether ministry or child raising, is His gig the pressure is on Him, not on me. I do not have to strive, and if things turn out differently than I had envisioned, it is not my deal. Paul planted, Apollos watered, but it is God who gives the increase. I am not responsible for outcome when I have stewarded my piece with honor.
I mean, this vision of success raising my children is so huge, with outcomes so grandiose, it would be ludicrous to believe I could pull it off on my own. But HE CAN, and that is my aim… to partner with Him and to drop my jaw over how He does it, responding to Him in worship. So far, that is exactly how raising my family has unfolded. As well as my ministry and humanitarian pursuits.
Keep your palms open before Heaven and watch Him in awe unfold His purposes, working all things together for Your good.