Saturday, August 16, 2008
Plain and Simple
A plain gold ring adorns my left hand. It's a reminder of the vow that I made to a wonderful man, promising to be his forever. A reminder of who I am: his wife.
Sometimes an anniversary band joins that plain one on my finger. It's a stunning, jewel-studded ring that also reminds me of my vows, and my husband. It may be more expensive, and more beautiful, but it doesn't change my promise. It doesn't make me a better wife, or guarantee a perfect marriage.
That simple gold band means exactly the same thing as the diamond one. The diamonds just get more attention!
I have a ministry. Several, actually. We all do. Mine are in my home, my church, my workplace, to my family, friends, and coworkers. Small spheres of influence. Local impact. Seemingly minor, right?
Having a worldwide organization, a bestselling book, or a calendar full of speaking engagements will not make me a better Christian. Those may give me a bigger ministry, or lead to a different one. They would create much larger spheres of influence. But they wouldn't change the fact that my home, my church, and my workplace are mission fields, and are still included in that sphere. God will use me to teach my children about Him in the same way He could use a bestseller to teach strangers about Him.
Having a big ministry doesn't make you a better Christian, and you don't have to have one to make an impact on God's kingdom. It just means that you aren't getting as much worldly attention for it.
If you're getting rejected by publishers, it's OK. Write something that touches your best friend. If you teach a Bible study of 3 instead of 30, it's OK. Those 3 may need more attention than you could give in a larger class. God will use you wherever you are, no matter how many people you have the potential of reaching at that moment. But you must be willing to let Him!
Lysa Terkeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries started out with a cut-and-paste newsletter from her home. She's now author of 11 books and leads a worldwide ministry.
She started small.
Beth Moore, beloved Women's Ministry teacher and founder of Living Proof Ministries, started with a small Bible study in her living room and watching children in the church nursery.
She also started small.
So, if you're feeling discouraged and wishing for "more," take heart in this: that plain gold band conveys the same message that the diamond one does. And an "unknown" Christian can share the love of Jesus just like a famous one can!