All my life, I have walked to the mantra of a certain verse of Scripture. It’s Isaiah 6:8:
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I, send me!’”
My heart has always been pure in it’s desire to be used by God for His service. What has changed with time, however, has been my anticipation of what being sent by God actually means. Let me clarify. I used to assume that being special and used by God would mean my own fame and repute. Sound embarrassingly arrogant? Before you throw that stone, be sure to consider what you’ve thought of as God’s “plan” for your life. Have you always believed that meant something shining and uplifting? If so, you may not be as far from my original assumption as you think.
God does have a plan for your life, and I even believe it is a beautiful one. I just think that beauty comes in so many different forms, that it would be foolish to assume that God’s plan for my life must equate with my own promotion. The older I’ve gotten and the more life I’ve seen, I’ve come to realize that my own fame has never been the purpose of God’s promises to me. Instead, I’ve seen how He desires for me to experience the fullness of all He has to offer. Honestly? There’s no comparison in terms of worth. Fame is fleeting and generally empty. Fullness of God and life is everything. I want that.
Today, re-evaluate the way you’ve been thinking of when you pray for God to use you. You may realize that you are already, even today, living out His beautiful plan for your life.