Matthew 10:42 offers a beautiful Bible study lesson to encourage us to do what we can, when we can as God just calls us to obey.
I absolutely love how God can use ordinary things in our lives to teach us! Now wedding planning is anything but ordinary in my life….it is new, and different, and hard!
In the beginning of the process, I was a nervous wreck because this is so outside my realm of comfort and expertise! And although God has placed some wonderful ladies in my life that are gifted in this area, it still left me feeling ill-equipped and inadequate.
But God is teaching me! He is showing me that there are so many areas needed to make this wedding happen! I may not be creatively gifted in decorating or even planning an exquisite reception (I just think exquisite is such a beautiful word!), but I am seeing that other things that I am gifted in are needed as well.
I am good at listening and figuring and thinking and planning and working on a computer! Therefore, I am able to listen to my daughter’s desires and figure out how to make them happen within our budget. Although it may take me a lot of time figuring and thinking (sometimes I feel I waste a lot of time doing that because I have to weigh all options more than once!), it eventually allows the best options to “come out in the wash”.
I am learning to use my computer skills to put together a wedding program that incorporates my daughter’s personality and things she and her fiance’ would want to include…not just formalities. I love to write! And one thing my daughter wanted was to have their story for guests to read. She hasn’t seen it yet, but I wrote her a Southern Fairytale based on their sweet story of falling in love that will give the wedding guests that may not know one of them, a little insight into who they are.
God is teaching me. He is teaching me to stop looking at others and what I can’t do and begin doing what I can…right in front of me. Of course, that does not apply only to this wedding, but also to daily living for His Kingdom! I need to allow Him to use me right where He has put me, with the gifts & abilities He has given me, with the personality & person He has created me to be, and do what He has called me to do to glorify Him that others may see His love & grace!
I can do something! It may not be big and spectacular, but many times it’s the small things that can really make a difference – a smile, a hug, a note of encouragement, etc.
Jesus said in Matthew 10:42 – “And if anyone gives even a cup of
cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell
you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
A cup of water doesn’t seem like a big thing, but to someone who is thirsty, it is huge! Who can we share a cup of Living Water with today?
When I was much younger and cross-stitched, I stitched the following quote by Edward Everett Hale (many times also attributed to Helen Keller), and it stuck with me:
“I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will!”
I love this video of Michael West’s song – “Do Something”! It's great to use to kick off a Bible study lesson discussion on the above topic!
Another Bible study Lesson I learned from Wedding Planning