“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” —Mother Teresa
It seems that when we think of “doing something for God,” we all picture doing big things. We think we have to go be a missionary in Africa and then convert the local war lord. Our mind does not easily go to the small things. Some people are destined to do great and big things for God, but for the majority of us, it is a lot simpler. God is not looking for us to be a Superstars for Jesus. We are called to love people.
There are countless small moments in our daily lives where we have the choice to practice love.
Doing big things for God feels more righteous and easily boosts our own egos and make us feel pride and excitement. Those moments of wanting to do something “BIG” for God usually come when we are in a good mood and fired up for God. Then, when our mood fades or we do not or cannot do this momentous thing “for God,” we are left feeling like failures. This is a trick from our enemy to discourage us. The enemy of our souls says “Oh, you wanted to bring Bibles to a remote village in China but you did not raise the $5,000 needed to do so??? Wow! You really let God, and not to mention those poor villagers, down…”
You want to do something for God? Try not honking at the person who just yelled at you because the light turned green 1.23 seconds ago. Do not expect other people to cater to your bad mood. Give your child your undivided attention when all you really want is silence and to watch a mindless show on TV. Pray for someone who just made you feel rejected.
There are countless small moments in our daily lives where we have the choice to practice love. It is easy to show and give love when it is convenient, and you are well rested. Stop picturing the great and big things you have planned to do for God and start doing what is actually hard but means a great deal to God by showing His love.
There are a lot of big names doing big things “for God” but they do not have love. No one would know they are from God because it is about them and the great things they are doing for God’s sake. But, in reality their hearts are far from Him. Be mindful of what God is really calling you to do. Love each other even when it is hard. Let it be evident we know God by how much and how well we love others.
May your path be lit.
Heather has a B.S. in Psychology and is a certified Life Coach. She enjoys spending borderline unhealthy amounts of time with her husband and daughter, pondering God’s mysteries, movies, travel and may have a debilitating addiction to books and hot baths.