“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
-Dr. Suess, The Lorax

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I am Nothing, He is Everything

I haven't blogged in six months.  The reason?  Take your choice:
  -My brain is tired when I have down time, and I just don't want to write.
  -I have lots of subjects that I could blog about, but I'm still working through my thoughts and feelings on these subjects.  Some are very deep and tricky subjects, and I'm just not ready to open up to the world about them yet. 
  -I'm too lazy to pack my laptop home with me, and when I'm in the office, I can't get my writing groove on.
  -Have I mentioned my brain is tired?

I was just thinking about my blog this week, how I've let it go.  I have shared lots of insight, fun stuff, hard stuff, and everything in between via Facebook.  FB status updates allow me to keep things brief, to the point.  I like that discipline of getting my point across (or sharing a story) with limited words.  I can be really wordy, as if you haven't already figured that out about me. 

I realize, though, that not everyone that might want to read my words is my Facebook friend.  So it occurred to me this week that I ought to start posting my juicier FB status updates on my blog.  Let's just see how it goes.

Last night I was up with tummy troubles.  Again.  I'm fairly certain there are some mean cooties living in my gut, and they aren't my friends.  I noticed it was a beautiful night, so I sat out on my staircase under our mango tree in the backyard.  A gentle breeze was blowing, the moon was shining bright through the coconut tree leaves.  I sat there for a few hours.  I hung out with God.  We talked.  It was good.

(In your face, intestinal cooties.  I enjoyed my middle-of-the-night time despite you!) 

So at around 3:00am, this was my FB post I wrote as I wrapped it up and headed back inside, finally ready to sleep again.  I hope it speaks to you...and you don't have to be up all night with a tummy bug to hear it.  :)

I have no degree, no certifications, no credentials, no titles. I'm a nobody; a nothing. 

But I have small gifts and talents given to me by my Father. These gifts of mine may not seem like much, but I know deep in my heart that if these gifts are from God, then they're pretty darn special. 

So I say to you, my brothers and sisters reading this, don't ever trivialize what God has called you to do. You may feel as insignificant as a speck of dust, but if you are living your life for The Lord - no matter where you are at or what you are created to do - know that He sees your value. Even if no one else (including yourself) does. 

We all have God-given gifts and talents. Dig in and use them. And savor the joy that results from it.
 Today. Live it fully. For Him.