Prayer for the week of October 6 — Nothing Wasted

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St. Therese, called one of the greatest saints of modern times was a devotee of St. Joan of Arc.  In fact, she played St. Joan in a convent play.  Although she is referred to most often as St. Therese the Little Flower, she is often called St. Therese the Little Warrior, for she had a tenacious spirit that was bold as a lion.  In fact, on her death bed–dying of “consumption”–she said, “When I think I’m dying in bed, I would want to die in an arena!”  She was actually a bit disappointed not be dying a more “heroic” death.

Therese as Joan

Therese dressed as Joan of Arc

Can you relate to that? When you were a kid and imagined your grown-up life, is the life you’re living what you imagined? When I was a kid I thought I was going to smuggle Bibles behind the Iron Curtain.  And while I have done some rather adventurous things in my life, my day-to-day is very ordinary.  Very much a long string of diapers.  One long breastfeeding session after another. What about your? Were you going to be a published author making world book-signing tours? Were you going to work in international affairs, making diplomatic negotiations in developing democracies? Were you going to be the voice of a generation with music that united people the world over?  Were you going to be that missionary, living in a hut, converting the heathen à la Elisabeth Elliot?  At the very least did you hope to be a little farther on in your faith journey and making a little broader an impact than your small sphere?

Notice God’s unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say – God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Remember that Jesus, Himself, had only a 3 year earthly ministry and traveled only a very small distance in a very small part of the world.

Dear one, we are absolutely no judge of what sacrifices are useful and which are wasteful.  We cannot say where our impact lies.  We will not know until we get to Heaven what God’s full purposes were for “wasting” our talents, our desires or our passions.  What we can do is this: do whatever lies before us for the sake of love.  We may not understand the courses our lives have taken.  But, we can offer every day, every action and every prayer up for the glory of God.  Nothing placed in the Master’s hand is ever wasted.  So, don’t worry.  Rest. Love.

Jesus, may my life be a prayer of love lived out for You. May my eyes be fixed on You, the Author and Finisher of my faith. I offer my day-to-day and all my dreams to You to use as You will. Amen

 


  1. I was going to be a diplomat to Russia who also authored famous books while I was the lead singer of the next big thing after U2. Now I hear the Lord telling me, as he did with our sister Therese, that his plans for me are far better than the ones I made up for myself. So what if I don’t see the final result? Neither did Therese, who longed to be a missionary to the Orient. But since her death she has touched more lives than most missionaries ever do. Today my life is filed with joy–along with the suffering. I am an indy book writer whose works sell almost in the negative! haha But I am doing the work he has given me to do, and by his strength–his grace–I live the book of First John, sinless (usually–and better every day that passes) and longing for his Kingdom.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19RghmEGw8E&list=RD19RghmEGw8E

  2. Georgina - October 6, 2014

    Timely.
    Thank you.
    God bless The Provision Room.

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