Holley asked us to write this week about what brings us joy, particularly relating to our God-sized dream. Of course, if they’re related to a God-sized dream, they’ll be Godly things – not things that contradict His Word. I had one of the most joyful days on Monday, as I sat in a café for 2 hours, having lunch and talking with one of my most treasured friends. Some of you reading this may think: That brings happiness, not joy, but I’d argue the opposite. You see, spending quality time with this friend twice in a month is something I could only have dreamed of a few years ago. It’s precious, and I’m super-grateful to God for it.
Holley says if we look at the things that bring us most joy, that’s a clue to God’s call on our life. God uses what we already have. You see that with Moses in Exodus 2:11-17: He had a passion to bring about justice, and he didn’t always get it right. Look at when he killed that Egyptian, but nevertheless it was there. As my pastor said, it was there as much when he couldn’t stand by and let those shepherds stop his future wife from watering her flocks, as when he went to Pharaoh and pleaded with him to let the Israelites go. You see it with Peter too: He basically had a big mouth! One minute he’d be all-out for God, the next he’d be trying to side-track Jesus, but the Lord eventually used Peter’s words to save 3,000 people in a day. And I see it in my own life: I love singing, I love writing; I feel God’s called me to do both.
So if spending time with family and friends is what brings me joy, maybe people will always be part of God’s call on my life. Maybe I’ll never be like one of those missionaries who travel to foreign nations on their own to spread the gospel, and maybe that’s ok, because it’s not how God made me.
What things bring you joy? Do you see them as part of God’s plan for your life?