I absolutely love this quote from Spurgeon. I find it so relatable and it speaks so much truth into my day to day life. For a while now I’ve had this thought that I love what I do, thought I do not do what I love. What I mean by that is I never ended up with my “dream job” after college, and while I pray that one day that might happen for me, over the last few years I’ve seen the importance of learning to love where you’re at-despite what YOU think would have been best for you. It’s the idea of blooming where you’re planted (as cliché as that might sound!) but it’s really so true! And also, what if this season isn’t really about me? What if I’ve been placed right where I’m at to be a blessing and difference maker in the life of someone else? What if I’m the vessel the Lord is using to pursue his children? Well guess what—I am! And so are you!! I’ve always wanted to work for a non-profit because it seems like they are often times so clearly working as the hands and feet of Jesus, but that hasn’t happened for me just yet. And honestly, it may never happen for me, but how tragic would it be if I looked back on my life 40 years from now and realized that I never took advantage of the situation I was currently in because I was always looking for something else. I get to be the hands and feet of Jesus today to everyone that I encounter. I don’t want to look back on a life of missed opportunities and missed relationships, so I’m making the choice to love where I’m at. Right here. Right now. Even if it’s different from what I would have chosen for myself. The one thing I know to be true is that the Lord always follows through on his word and his promises. In the meantime, while we wait, we have a choice. We can be a negative nancy with a bad attitude, or we can choose joy-Every. Single. Day. I’ve heard it said that sometimes we are the only Jesus that people will see-and if I want the Lord to entrust me with big things, then I need to start by being faithful in the little things, like having a good attitude and being the hands and feet of Jesus when life is turning out differently than I once would have thought. I have been given the opportunity to love my co-workers and neighbors just like Jesus would, right here and right now.
So, this is the choice I’ve made, with the love of Christ compelling me, I will love the people who are in my life right where they are at, realizing that now is not forever (at all!), but the impression that I make and the joy that I can share with them will last much longer. Let’s love exactly where we’re at right now, even if we’re not doing what we necessarily love. So, whatever season you are in, whatever job you might have right now, let’s be joyful about it together, and realize that the joy and love you share with people now will carry an eternal impact forever.
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Kellie is a communications manager who just moved with her husband to Las Vegas for two years (tear, tear)! Kellie and I met through our husbands, and we've loved becoming good friends and bonding over our fur-babies. Kellie is such a sweet southern belle with a serious passion for serving others. And like the other contributors, she was recently featured as a Ruby! Kellie shares her powerful experience with love and loss in her Ruby feature, which you can read here.