doing well where we’re planted

Years ago I heard a preacher say that if the Lord would have called them to be a dairy farmer (or something of the like), they would have wanted to be the best dairy farmer they could possibly be, to the glory of the God. That has stuck with me over the years. I don’t do what I really want to do in life, and that’s been true for a long time. I did not get Bachelor and Master degrees to be working in a factory. I am a reader, love to teach, and actually love to pastor, and am a bit of klutz when it comes to using my hands, unless it is a job I have to do day in and day out. Then the degree of athleticism I have helps, and added on to that my parents’ ethic of hard work from sun up to sun down so to speak.

I hope I don’t share this to toot my own horn. Actually at work we are a team, and we mesh together pretty well I think, with all our strengths and weaknesses. The point I’m wanting to make is that in Jesus we are called to bloom where we’re planted. I think this is a big part of the work of the Spirit of God in our lives. Whatever we do we’re to do to the glory of God.

Many of us don’t do what we had really hoped to do. The question becomes: Are we learning to do well the task at hand? And another pertinent, and in fact important question: Are we learning to do what pleases the Lord? And related: Do we know what he has called us specifically to do? Our work and our lives should have the mark of Jesus on them. Everything should be a witness of our faith, how we live, with all the tussles that come with that.

Is there a time to move on and do well elsewhere? Of course there is, though the younger generations seem much more accustomed and acclimated to that than does my generation. We need to work hard, “with all our hearts,” in whatever we’re called to do, And thoughtfully, as those serving our Lord.

And so we want to be the best we can be in whatever we do, in God’s eyes. Together in Jesus in this for the world.

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