Written By: Michelle Slauenwhite
When I was in my late teenage years, there was a thought that would continually drop into my mind…“What has God called me to do?” It plagued my mind, in some ways, as I faced educational decisions, employment opportunities and volunteer positions. In some moments, I felt paralyzed by the weight of that thought. I did not want to move to the right, or to the left, so to speak, without knowing it was in the direction that God called me to go. I was imagining the call of God on my life would be something huge ~ a meaningful and genuine way that I could leave a mark on this earth of God’s love and faithfulness! After all, doesn’t everyone want to know that they made a difference here on earth, for the Kingdom of God?
What a load THAT was to carry!
I’ve learned a lot since that time, as I have moved through various seasons in my life. I’ve journeyed from a high school student, struggling to find my way, to a university graduate, volunteering in a variety of ministry areas at my home church (at that time), travelling to Ukraine to minister in orphanages, and finally to Essex, where my husband and I serve in the Children’s Ministry position.
Do you want to know what I’ve learned? I’ve realized that the call of God is much more simplistic than I had originally thought ~ simplistic but yet profound! His “call” is not this mysterious mystery that we have to strive to solve. Bill Wilson, founder of New York’s Sidewalk Sunday (known as Metro Ministries) said it beautifully,
“If you see a need you can fill, then you’ve heard the call of God”.
Don’t you just love that?! And I can attest that this is true!
It is such a freeing feeling to know that I can begin my morning by spending time with Jesus, asking Him to be the centre of my day, and knowing that He will guide and direct me as I am open and available to His leading.
It really is that easy! I ask God to show me where I can be His hands and His feet each day ~ where I can show His love, where I can show His grace, where I can show His kindness. And you know what?! He shows me, and then it’s up to me to follow His lead! I know there have been many times where I have missed His will for my day. I’ve allowed myself to get caught up in social media, entertainment or the busyness of life, and I’ve missed moments where I could have been Jesus to someone.
If you’ve missed “God moments” like I have, don’t be discouraged! Just start today and commit your day to Him. Begin with just today, and then deal with tomorrow when it comes. Don’t overthink it!
And another thing! Instead of trying to find something “huge” to do for God, just do all of the little things He puts in front of you. If someone is sick, and you can help by dropping off a meal, do so! If a friend is discouraged, and you can send a note of encouragement, do it! If you can be a friend to someone who is lonely, and pour love and time into them, that’s perfect! If you can serve at your church, whether in an upfront ministry or behind the scenes, go for it! As Bill Wilson also says, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world!” We are all like pieces of a puzzle ~ individually, we are each a small piece, but collectively, we form a beautiful picture and can be used mightily for God and His purposes! This idea is discussed wonderfully in 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul talks about how we are each a part of the Body of Christ (each one ministering in different ways), but working together, we can make a difference for His glory!
So I encourage you, no matter where you are in life, no matter what your position is (or isn’t ~ you don’t need a “position” to be effective), we can all be a blessing to others and allow God to direct our paths! You can make a difference! He wants to use you! Just be available and make time to hear His still, small voice. And when you hear it, follow through with whatever He shows you! It might be a thought He places in your mind, He might put someone’s face before you. He might give you a creative idea that you just know comes from Him! Run with it, and do not fear that you will turn the wrong way. If we come to God with a desire to please Him and to do His will, He will always course correct us if He needs to! He loves us, and wants what’s best for us! So don’t become paralyzed trying to find His will – step out in faith to whatever He puts in your path each day. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)!
Michelle loves doing life with her handsome husband, Shaun, and her two beautiful girls, Braeya & Analeigh. Michelle is a pastor’s wife and loves to see God working through children in their local church! She also enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and doing ministry together as a family. You can often find Michelle in high heels, in search of candy, and enjoying life’s everyday moments.