Have you ever had those days where the small talk with certain people of everyday life brings about some anxiety? For we all know the questions that follow…
What career do you have?
What degree do you have?
What business do you work for?
Where do you live?
What are your accomplishments at work?
Then, some lose interest as your worldly gold star rating is less than (many of us have been here). They then may forget to ask your life’s story if your current achievements are not up to par.
So much is based on the great things we have accomplished in this short life we have here on this earth, that sometimes people are shocked that our calling may look different than the typical earthly things accomplished.
Some have a homemaker’s heart and care for their family. Some are stay at home moms. Some are trade school graduates and have a blue-collar job. Some went through a time of illness/sickness. Some are caregivers for a relative(s). Some work at a diner or a coffee shop, etc. and yet these people also have reached many who God has put on their hearts. Some are missionaries off in different countries…some are missionaries in their own neighborhood.
What it comes down to is that God needs a somebody somewhere and we shouldn’t base what life should look like by the one we’ve only been through. We are a body of Christ, and we all have different roles to play, different seasons we’re in and different lives we live.
Yes, God uses those with many accomplishments in the world just as he uses those who have a smaller worldly resume. It all comes down to a willing heart to act when He calls and to “…love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
I would just encourage and challenge myself as much as others, that if we ask these questions, may we get to know someone’s full story and, most of all, listen to God in the moment. He knows all our behind the scenes. He knows our story and what if we become a stumbling block to someone’s calling because it is different than ours?
Jesus had a role to play and many didn’t see it even when they were in the midst of His presence. He was the stone that the builders rejected yet ended-up being the chief cornerstone (see verse Acts 4:11).
Let me also add this challenging thought: when we go to heaven and stand before the throne, will God ask us the following:
What career did you have?
What degree did you have?
What business did you work for?
Where did you live?
What were your accomplishments at work?