31 Days of Quotes, Day 5


"Wherever you are, be all there.  Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God."

~ Jim Elliot


Well, it didn't take me long to figure out what quote to use today.  This is a constant battle we face.  Especially in ministry, where the job sort of never ends, it's incredibly hard to know what to do sometimes, and just in life in general....when to say wait, when to take a phone call, when to check an email or text message.  It takes prayer.  It takes discernment.

15 years ago, before the rave of smart phones and before our eyes and minds were taken to all the social media imaginable, I went on a mission trip to Mexico.  The main detail I remember about that trip was meeting a local mexican on the bus one day.  I was nervous about wanting to share at least something with him that could minister to him....I was, after all on a mission trip, and the goal was to witness to whoever we could in whatever casual way possible.
Then the tables turned and he ministered to me.

He said the best advice he had ever been given was to see the person you are talking to at any given moment to be the most important person to you.  

That thought seriously changed so much about the way I listened to people and the way I wanted to pay attention to them.

I want to see through their skin and into their souls.

I want to care about every word.

I want to listen.  really listen.

I want to listen when they aren't even speaking.  I want to see their body language.  I want to see their expressions revealing their hearts.

in my children, my husband, everyone.

You probably know for yourself how hard this is when you're being pulled in a million different directions.....so many distractions, innumerable temptations, the long to-do list waiting, yada yada yada....

How do we learn how to zone in on one person at a time? How do we make each person know their importance?  How do we fulfill every role we are in 100%?

It can be overwhelming to think that I'm not doing my best or that I'm missing opportunities or making wrong priorities...

and it's when I just have to rest in God's grace.

His perfect sufficient grace...

I have no choice, but to just close my eyes and know He is sovereign.  His grace is sufficient for me. His power is made perfect in my weakness. {2 Corinthians 12:9}

I can not truly love others without His grace.

But, He can love despite my imperfections.  

His love and grace pick up the slack.

and I can only be all there, when I am all in Him and His grace.



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