We humans know lots of things. Do we act on them?
If we did, I wouldn’t be writing this article.
So there’s this fact about life that pretty much any person will admit to being true. It’s something I’ve known for a long time.
It’s also something I forget so many times and end up depressed about. Then I remember. I pull myself together. And then go on and forget again because that’s the sort of creatures we are.
God made us for different roles and to do different things.
I know, I know that’s a basic fact. Before you say you know though, do you actually apply this?
I know I don’t.
See, I’m an INTJ. Basically, it means I don’t show emotions and it’s harder for me to connect with people. Whereas almost all my friends are Feelers instead of Thinkers (that’s what the T in my letters stands for). This means they do connect with people and can help them in a way I wish desperately that I could.
With being here in the DR at a therapeutic boarding school, relationships are a huge thing. Some people who accomplish things I’ve yet to obtain and yet have been here way less time. And I’m left wondering what I’m doing wrong and why I can’t encourage the same sort of conversations.
As normally happens, I found encouragement when I wasn’t even looking for it. In Galatians 2. Paul says:
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
It’s not even a whole sentence, but Paul doesn’t do short sentences and it covers the point.
Here are two of the greatest apostles in the New Testament and they are both called to reach basically two opposite people groups. Not only that, but God is also working through both of them to the same extent.
Neither one of them is doing it on their own. They are both working for God. How that looks and the results are very different, but both are just as important.
It’s a good reminder as I look at people who are strong where I’m weak and wish I could do the same things they could do. I have to remind myself to focus on what I can do. What has God equipped me to do and what has He called me to do?
This doesn’t mean I can’t work on growing where I am weak. We should all do our best everywhere. But it also means I can’t compare my success with the success of others when how we are called to help is very different.
We are all different. We have different strengths. What we do for God will look different depending on what He’s given us and where He’s called us. Regardless, He will work through us.
God can use all of us. And He will, so long as we let Him.