“Never imagine that what you do for others or what you do in private doesn’t matter. It counts more than we know. God watches how we steward what is not our own before He entrusts us with more.” (Lisa Bevere, Girls With Swords)
Marianne Williamson, a famed lecturer and teacher as well as the founder of various philanthropy projects, penned a book in 1992 that brought a quote so famous Nelson Mandela used it in one of his speeches. Her famous quote is a call to arms, about how we are children of God, and who are we not to use that influence? While Williamson’s spiritual teachings veer far from truth, there is something in her words that call out possibility within us.
I was watching The Circle the other day, a movie on technology’s implications for our society (the only good part about it was the cast, but since this isn’t a movie review blog, I’ll save my opinions). At one point, the main character Mae (played by Emma Watson) is interviewing for a new job. When asked her biggest fear, she responds with “wasted potential.”
It’s splashed all over our movies and books as well, to make sure we live our lives to our fullest capacity, with no regrets when we look back. Overchoice is a psychological phenomenon regarding how difficult it can be to make a choice when we are faced with an unlimited amount of choices, better to have only two or three to choose from. No wonder we can get stuck in regret; we’re always wondering about the road not taken.
Overwhelming, to say the least.
But I feel that God has called us so far beyond our limitations; He’s called us so far beyond what we can ever hope or dare or dream. And He is the one willing to open the doors, direct our steps and guide our hands. Just so long as we are willing.
I pray that we are a people who are aware and alive for everything that the Lord has spoke within us; recognizing that it may look different for everyone, but we are ultimately working alongside with Him for the same goal – that He might be glorified within us, and the truth of the gospel would be spread to the ends of the Earth.
He created you unique and individually, and He made you in such a way that you might influence and have authority in the areas of your life. He will be what you need in the moment, faithful always, and never wavering. There is more to life than what we can see in front of us. There is more to life than anything we dare hope, and it begins at our surrender, when we open our hands and release anything that could hold us back.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
What might we do with an overflow of hope? Who might we influence? Who might God fashion us to become?