Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Heart's Motivation


“Sometimes you just have to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

My sister told me that recently. I’d attempted to undertake something that I wasn’t quite sure I was equipped for. I was beginning to think maybe I was in over my head but knew in my heart that my motivation was right. I’d seen a need and no one else was filling it – so I plunged in.

My heart often leads me like that. I don’t mean it leads me into situations where I feel like I’m in over my head – usually I’m discerning about that. But it leads me to feel quickly intuitive and compassionate when I feel there is neglect, injustice, or simply where love is needed. I’m okay with that. In fact, I like that about myself most of the time.

But this time….this time I was feeling like I jumped in with both feet and had no idea what I was doing. I began to feel like maybe it wasn’t my place to be doing what I was about to do. Until my sister told me, “sometimes you just have to be the hands and feet of Jesus.” That was all I needed to hear. That was all the reminder my heart needed. You see, it doesn’t really matter if something we undertake comes off perfectly or is as beautiful as we dreamed it would be. It doesn’t matter that we may not be experienced or have the gift to normally do something. What matters is that we saw a hole – a vacant spot that needed to be filled and we allowed God to work in us and use us to fill that hole. That’s what matters.

So my shoulders can relax a bit more. I can breathe in and out somewhat easier and just do my best. I can let the beauty of the moment replace the beauty, praise, or glory that I might have tried to acquire for myself in the accomplishment.

All I really want to be is God’s servant. I want to let Him work through me. If I achieve that goal then I am fulfilled. No matter what the physical outcome is – I just want to be His hands and feet. Maybe I should let my heart convict me and jump in more often when He prompts it. For untold adventures and blessings may rest there if I do.

2 comments:

beingkeri said...

"All I really want to be is God’s servant. I want to let Him work through me. If I achieve that goal then I am fulfilled. No matter what the physical outcome is – I just want to be His hands and feet. Maybe I should let my heart convict me and jump in more often when He prompts it. For untold adventures and blessings may rest there if I do."

AMEN to this - well said, and a worthy goal to have for each of us every day. As the passage my blog is named for says " For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power..." I want to use that spirit of power to jump in, as you say. Great post.

Cherie said...

Your Sister is a wise woman! Jesus gave many messages about not forgetting those in need. He doesn't want us to go through life with blinders on. Remember, "Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me". Matt 25:40

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