Jesus Christ says, in effect, ‘Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me.’ The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ. Keep your relationship right with Him, then whatever circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day. He is pouring rivers of living water through you, and it is of His mercy that He does not let you know it. When once you are rightly related to God by salvation and sanctification, remember that wherever you are, you are put there by God; and by the reaction of your life on the circumstances around you, you will fulfill God’s purpose, as long as you keep in light as God is in the light.
The tendency today is to put the emphasis on service. Beware of the people who make usefulness their ground of appeal. If you make usefulness your test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. The lodestar of the saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. All that Our Lord heeds in a man’s life is the relationship of worth to His father. Jesus is bringing many sons to glory.
— "The Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers (via itsjanet)
wow, i went out for dinner today and behind the counter was a familiar face from school. I have so much respect for those out at the workforce at this age. really. you could be studying or playing with your friends on a saturday night, but you choose to work. your humility, your discipline, your call to support yourself/family.. you’re awesome.
i was creating a poster board for tutor club. as i laid each piece of the board, each college name and symbol, i couldnt help but feel so overwhelmed. overwhelmed at the number of different schools, overwhelmed at the limited amount that are deemed prestigious, and overwhelmed by the fact that i will attend college soon enough. fear, anxiety, and worry made their familiar presence known. then i remembered: my life isnt in the hands of the colleges that i want to attend, but rather in the hands of the One who crafts my future.