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Friday, February 15, 2013

are you willing? BY MEGAN

Hey everyone! I am Megan from over at She Does Justice.

I am so excited that I get to share with all of Jessi's friends today! 
Guest posting can be tricky for me sometimes because it is hard to know what to share... but something has been weighing on my heart lately. It is something that I shared over on my blog last month and it seemed to really hit home with my readers. I want women to be encouraged by my blog. 
I want you to know that YOU can make a difference. 
That you have the exact gifts and skills that you need.
That giving back can fit into your already hectic and messy life. 

Because we are the same. I am just as hectic. Just as messy. Promise. The Lord has used me when I was in a great place and felt like I had it all together. But the Lord has also used me in the hectic and messy spaces too. And in such a beautiful way. When He uses me in the middle of my mess it is almost more special to me. Because in those spaces there can be absolutely no doubt where the glory needs to go. And I'm grateful for that. So here it is, friends. The truth that I really want need you to know. Something has been weighing on my heart lately. A lie that so many of us believe. The lie that we aren't _________ enough to make a difference. 

Fill in the blank here, friends. You probably did as you read that sentence. What lie came to mind? That you aren't significant enough? Good enough? Smart enough? Fit enough? Holy enough? Whatever it was that came to mind......I need you to know that it is a lie. YOU can make a difference. I'm going to say it again......YOU can make a difference. All you need to do is be you. Exactly as you were created to be. Then you need to say yes. 

I think this blog post has stemmed from a lot of comments to me about our adoption. How great we are as people to be doing what we are doing or what an unbelievable humanitarian thing it is. I'll let you in on a little secret..........I am in NO WAY different than you. In NO WAY better. In NO WAY more special. We, friends, are the same. The one little thing that makes me somehow stand out to certain people is that I said one tiny little word. I said yes. The Lord has given me a heart for children that need a family. And He has given you a heart for something. Maybe it is the fatherless, the homeless, the elderly, your neighbors, your family. Maybe He has laid a specific country on your heart or a specific organization. Something that makes you feel more alive. More fulfilled. A cause or a person or an organization that makes your heart beat a little bit faster when you think about the good that they are doing in the world. The Lord gave you that desire. He knit that desire in your heart. And He will use it. If you let him. Are you willing to say yes? Because here is the kicker, if you are willing to say that teeny tiny little word....that teeny tiny little word that is so ridiculously powerful if uttered.....the Lord will use you. And you will make a difference. 

Believe me, I know it's hard to believe sometimes when you haven't showered in three days, you are covered in boogers, your house is a mess, and you feel like you are hanging on by a thread. But the only thing that you need to do is say yes. Because friends, He doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. That way the glory can be His and not ours.   1 Corinthians 1:26-29: Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

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