Grand Schemes

By: Beky Hazelton

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

Often when we think about having an impact on this world, we think about grand schemes. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do great things for God if our motives are pure. However, not everyone is in a position to “go big”. There are seasons of life that limit the scope of our impact and certainly as we age, that scope is very likely to be increasingly limited. The problem is that we are very likely to get caught up in the quantity of good works rather than the attitude of humility we should have, and a consistency that should be evident in every season.

My parents have been a great example of this consistency throughout my life. As a pastor and pastor’s wife, and later in the long-term care field, they both had a huge impact on people’s lives. There is no doubt that this world is a better place for many hundreds of people because of the way they lived their lives, based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

However, the most remarkable thing to me is the impact they had as their world became smaller and smaller. They have always been kind, grateful people. But when they moved into assisted living and began needing more help, instead of being resentful, they became more grateful. I never saw them pass up an opportunity to thank the staff for helping them. If they passed a staff member in the hall, they thanked them for standing there! Since my mom’s passing, my dad still goes out of his way very regularly to both thank and affirm those who care for him. Even as his world has narrowed to the size of one room, he has an impact for the Kingdom of God on those who enter it, and no one leaves without a word of encouragement from him. That is a life-long habit.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What life-long habits have I developed? Will they help or hinder me from accomplishing the work God has for me?