This is a guest post written by my good friend, Alison, from AlisonTiemeyer.com. She is a young woman whom I have immense respect for, and I specifically asked her to write a guest post on this important subject. I pray that you are as blessed and encouraged by her words as I am. -Sarah
When I let the thoughts of what I am not consume my mind, I am overcome with feelings of inadequacy.
In that moment, I choose defeat and declare that others are more equipped, more experienced, more valuable.
In that moment, I feel like my small role doesn’t matter.
And that is a lie –a falsehood that I battle against daily.
I changed majors five times throughout my college journey.
With a broad goal of helping people, I tried everything from exercise science to declaring a pre-med degree with dreams of being an OB/GYN.
I possessed a fierce desire to help others – to impact hearts – but I did not have clear direction as to how I was to fulfill that desire.
So, I settled on a degree in Psychology and then began the process of earning my Master’s Degree in Clinical & Mental Health Counseling.
In the midst of my educational pursuits, those feelings of uncertainty and doubt often crept back into my heart.
My unwavering desire to help others remained, but I lacked clarity and purpose.
Until I learned how to embrace the ministry of the moment.
Although I am young, I choose to believe that God has a mission and a ministry for me right in this moment.
That belief led me to start my own blog at AlisonTiemeyer.com.
How can we be confident that the Lord is using our life and passions for His glory, even in the midst of uncertainty?
We do so by embracing the ministry of this moment –because this fragile place of the unknown is known by God.
I do not yet own my own house, nor do I have children to fill it.
I do not have the life experiences or completed stories of some.
I am a young wife, embracing the highs and lows of marriage.
I am living in the fragile place of the unknown, yet my heart and my future are known by God.
Does this make my message any less valuable, my voice less worthy of being heard?
I choose to believe that the Lord is using my life and my passions for His glory –right here and right now.
I can embrace this day, this blog post, and this message because obedience in the moment matters more than a clear vision for the future.
Whether you are a blogger, a stay-at-home-mom, a young college student, or something else entirely, you too can embrace the ministry of the moment.
You have something valuable to offer –right now.
It’s time to move ahead with confidence.
Consider the faithful workers of the Old Testament:
Moses obeyed without fear. The Lord showed up in a burning bush and told him to go. So he took the next step with bold confidence.
Rahab listened to God’s call on her life and took a huge risk. In doing so, her future was changed. She chose faith; she chose well.
Ester beautifully listened to God’s call on her life and used her gifts to glorify Him. With God as her guide, she saved the people of the Lord.
David, as a young boy, fought a giant with a stone. One tiny stone. He was victorious because God was at his side.
Nehemiah built a wall of protection for the people of God, taking the next step in faith & crying out to the Lord throughout the whole process.
Daniel trusted God while sitting in a lion’s den. He couldn’t have planned to end up there, but when he did, his response was one of reliance and resilience.
All of these people – these warriors of the faith – simply took the next step.
They embraced the ministry of the moment, and God used them in mighty ways.
There is something so beautiful about embracing the ministry of the moment – about choosing to be at work in the midst of the unknown.
I am unsure as to why God allowed me to wander from exercise science to pre-med to psychology to writing.
I do not know where the Lord will lead me over the next ten years.
But here is the truth I cling to: God knows and He has asked me to obediently follow wherever He leads.
Maybe you are young too.
Wondering where you fit.
Searching for your calling.
My question for you today is, are you ready to embrace the ministry of the moment?
No matter your age.
No matter your gender.
No matter your position, education, or experience.
You don’t have to understand exactly where you are going to trust that God has something beautiful for you right in this moment.
Moses, Rahab, David, Nehemiah – these people of the faith gave God a bold yes.
If you grasp nothing else from these words, please hear this.
You have something to offer.
God can use you, right here and right now, to impact hearts.
All thoughts of uncertainty are washed away when we chose to embrace the ministry God has given us in this season.
Let’s stand beside the Old Testament warriors of the faith and give a bold yes to God.
So that one day, it will be said of us that we embraced the ministry of the moment –and entrusted God with our future.
What is your ministry of the moment? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Live well. Love well. Be bold.
Alison is a wife, blogger, and Jesus-follower growing in grace and truth daily. She loves coffee in the morning, experimenting in the kitchen, camping with her husband, and reading in a hammock just about anywhere. Her blog – AlisonTiemeyer.com – exists to encourage authentic community grounded in biblical truth. Basically, it’s some good soul talk in the midst of the mundane. You can also find Alison on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.
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