I believe this for others. The ways they look after their partners and their families. The impact they make in their work and community. Gosh, I think, God is really using you. Then I look at myself. And I’m not so sure.
Today, I did not start my own business. I didn’t redecorate the front room. I didn’t save a life or give blood. I didn’t close a deal.
I didn’t bring aid to refugees. I didn’t talk down a kidnapper. I didn’t fly a plane to safety. I didn’t broker world peace.
I didn’t write a number one song. I didn’t run a marathon or learn a new language. I didn’t bake my own bread or rescue a puppy.
I didn’t think outside the box or start a revolution. I didn’t drive a hard deal. I didn’t solve a murder or a crossword. I didn’t dance barefoot in the rain.
I didn’t ride a roller coaster and I didn’t fly a kite. I didn’t swim with dolphins and I didn’t set up a charity. I didn’t win the lottery and I didn’t save the planet.
I pureed some baby food.
I bought potatoes and some milk. I matched two pairs of socks.
I made a phone call and was put on hold for 30 minutes. I posted a letter.
I fed the cats and I took out the rubbish.
I shot up a jumbled prayer.
I wiped the kitchen table and I watched as the dust resettled.
I look at what I’ve done today and I hang my head in shame. I compare myself to others and I hate what I see.
But this is not the truth. God uses you – and me – where we are.
He uses us in the nursery or the sick-room. He uses us on the bus and in the dole queue. He uses us in our singleness and He uses us in our marriage. He uses us in our weakness and He uses us in our mess.
Look again at what He is doing in you.
I kept another human being alive.
I nourished the people and creatures that God has given me.
I cared for and subdued my little part of the universe.
I spoke to the living God.
Today God has used me. And today, He’s using you. It might not look impressive to the world. But in His eyes, every sock counts.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13).