Finding The Gold
In the midst of my many ups and downs emotionally and physically trying to do what the doctors have said I must do to heal, I find myself asking “God what is my calling?”. I have always felt confident in what I have sensed the Lord leading Melynn and I to do vocationally (as a job) but for me, I wanted to know what God’s call was for me personally. Did you know that He created and saved us each to accomplish a specific plan?
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Eph 2:8-10)
When I read this verse a few weeks ago it hit me, I am a masterpiece, even in the midst of this emotional pit I felt like I was in, the word of God tells me that I have been saved and am His masterpiece, created, saved and made new in Christ Jesus so I could accomplish good things he planned before I was ever created! I found myself asking Him “what are these “good things” you planned for me?” And the response I heard was so simple yet so challenging, in fact I would like to steal the tag line from my new favourite game Othello to express how I feel about MY calling “minutes to learn….. Lifetime to master”.
Ready for it? This is what I felt the Lord spoke to me “You have been called to search and find the GOLD in people in the midst of their dirt, this is your calling”. WOW!!! I immediately began to envision what this would look like in my everyday life with my kids. Imagine what would happen if I began to call out the Gold I saw in my kids “Anna you are a great friend to Addison and by the way, you’re also a great reader and speller”, “Reu, you are such a great piano player, you’re going to be like the guys in Hillsong United, writing songs and playing worship in front of thousands of people”, “Elizabeth, you are so kind and gentle, you’re going to be a great mommy when you get older”, “Olive, Jesus loves you so much, you’re such a fun girl to be with, I love your imagination when you play”.
To you, these words might seem insignificant but to my kids they mean the world, you know why? Because their daddy sees something in them that they maybe have never heard or maybe they have felt but never heard anyone else recognize in them.
Can you imagine the rush of emotions a gold miner feels when he has spent days, weeks, months or even years searching through thousands and thousands of buckets of dirt to finally come across a flake of gold that leads him to larger nuggets. How quickly are the long hard cold days of digging in the cold forgotten and replaced with the pure joy and ecstasy of a search well worth it. The same is true of people around me. I feel at times as though I have been digging through bucket of dirt after bucket of dirt after bucket of dirt in people’s lives but when I come across some gold, ahhhh it’s all worth it. Everything changes when we begin finding gold in people. I see Southgate Church being a place where people are so loved and cared for that all the dirt they come in with would not matter because we find the gold in their dirt.
So now that I have shared with you what I feel the Lord has called me to I would love to hear what you are feeling led in. Throw me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org or text (604) 220-8435 and come on over so we can chat.
-Young Adults Pastor