Thanksgiving weekend, three years ago, after a month spent on daily reflections of gratitude, I asked the Lord what I could do to glorify Him for all that He has given. With a heart filled with gratefulness and a spirit ready to serve, I kept hearing that still small voice say, as if on instant replay, “Toy Drive”. I laughed the idea off as if it must be my own thoughts and I even tried to ignore it hoping I would hear something different. Surely God wasn’t asking Me, a stay at home Mom, who was very new to my community, who didn’t even know anyone outside of the school office gals and my Husbands co-worker’s wife. I hadn’t even found a church home yet, not to mention I didn’t own any business- like attire to wear to approach someone about this thought. Yes, those were just some of the many excuses I tried to use as to why I couldn’t possibly begin to organize a Toy Drive in my community. I sat down and said, “God, but I can’t and I don’t even know how to begin”, in which He replied, “But, I can and I do.”
There is was. God’s reply. No matter how many excuses I could come up with as to why I was not suitable for this task, He wanted me to set aside my own insecurities and fears and trust in Him and His abilities; while relying on His strength rather than my own. So, that’s exactly what I did.
With my nicest pair of Abercrombie sweat pants, a zip of fleece jacket and my hair complete in a pony-tail, ( I told you I didn’t own any dress clothes), and I walked myself into the only familiar place I had been to, outside of my new home, which happened to be the School where my three eldest children attended. I ever so nervously approached the School Superintendent and Principal about this thought that was placed on my heart. Within minutes the thought was accepted as “wonderful” and I had their full support and assistance. That day, with the Lord holding my hand and guiding my words, the first ever Toy Drive in my community was born.
At this point in my life I was not financially able to give a money donation or gifts, but I certainly was able to give my time and effort. There are so many ways to serve the Lord regardless of our financial situation or talents.
Of the four women in Christ’s genealogy, Ruth, the Gentile; Tamar, a harlot; the wife of Uriah, an adulteress, and Rahab, the harlot, all are proof that God can and will use anyone, regardless of their past, their status within their community or their occupation. I’m certain they, at times, felt more than able. Like, the town “nobody”.
God delights in using those who feel they are unable, or “a nobody”. 1 Corinthians 1, verse 29 says; “no flesh should glory in His presence.” When we arrive one day in our eternal home, not one of us can claim that it was on our own merit. We are saved by the grace of God. The One who gave us all, the day He was crucified on the cross. Verse 31 will tell us, “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” We must be low enough and weak enough for God to use us. Because, it is then, we operate using His strength and ability rather than our own. God wants to bring us to a place where we examine the depth of ourselves and our faith to teach us that there is power in the name of Jesus. There is power when we follow Him and His ways, when we fully submit ourselves to be used for His glory.
God’s not looking for the highest standing member in a community to use, He is looking for those who have a heart that will say, “thank you Lord for all you have given Me, I would have nothing if it weren’t for You. Won’t you use Me to serve You and Your kingdom.”
When God finds such a heart, something extraordinary begins to occur. That nobody advances within the Kingdom into the ranks of God’s nobility.
Scripture to reflect on: 1 Corinthians 1:29-31; Jeremiah 9:24
“I am only one, but I am one! I can’t do everything, but I can do something. That which I can do, I ought to do and that which I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do!” ~ Grant Teaff