You can do anything!
As children, we were always told, “You can do anything!” Well meaning parents and teachers encouraging us to see no limit in possibilities or inward potential. While that originally translated into an emphatic declaration that we would grow up to be astronauts, princesses, archeologists, and pirates, eventually it grew to become a self-imposed burden.
When I began the transition into young adulthood, I felt this overwhelming need to better the world. If I wasn’t freeing slaves in Darfur, proving clean water to a village in Africa, or single-handedly developing programs to house the homeless, then I was not living up to my potential.
Sure, I could be involved in ministries, but unless I was a part of something colossal that instilled hope and inspired and awed those around me, I was a failure in God’s kingdom. After all, wasn’t I one of the most talented, smartest, most skilled, and most resourceful out of the young people God had called to Himself? Didn’t that mean I had a responsibility to be a good steward of those gifts and put them to use for an eternal purpose?
Pride exalts us.
When boiled down, the pride of life was best explained to me as anything that exalts us and gives the illusion of God-like qualities. At the end of the day, my desire to change the world was an attempt at disguised arrogance carefully maintained under the banner of “kingdom work.”
Even now, I grow incredibly discouraged by any feelings of purposelessness. It becomes so easy to buy into the lie that I need to be doing something bigger or better in order to be realizing my potential. Yet this is often a result of buying into the temptation of the pride of life.
God simply asks that I remain faithful. How much more difficult is it to be faithful in the little, day to day tasks? Often, I’d rather be trusted with the next global ministry destined to reach thousands, but that desire quickly becomes about me, not about Him.
Contentment, faithfulness, and a lack of self-importance are often the virtues I need to be reminded of when the pride of life rears its head.
God can do anything!
God can use your willingness to do the dishes. God can use your availability to step in when a volunteer is needed for a few hours. God can use your self-discipline in seeking intentional relationship with Him.
While it is entirely possible that God may call you to travel the world and share Him in radical ways, placing just as much importance on the daily as the exceptional can help shift the focus away from a prideful perception of my potential to a deeper understanding of intentional kingdom work.
While it is entirely possible that God may call you to travel the world and share Him in radical ways, placing just as much importance on the daily as the exceptional can help guard against the pride of life.
Born and raised in North Idaho, Kelsea has spent the last few years traveling the nation and world through various educational and leadership opportunities. She met the love of her life while in college at Virginia Beach , and is settling into family life, with a little one on the way, any day now.
Kelsea’s had a lifelong obsession with hunting frogs… kissed any she could find when she was little.
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