“The Only Child”
I have the privilege of being my parents’ only child. Spoiled. Yes, probably. I grew up thinking that the world revolved around me and that my birthday was a national holiday.
Later on, in high school, almost everything that I tried to do came easily to me. Unfortunately, I was driven to be the best at whatever I did, craving success and recognition. In college, I never turned down a social invitation for an academic reason.
Early in my adult life, I dreamed of writing to publish, leading others, and speaking publicly as a career. Whatever I achieved, it still wasn’t enough; I wanted more. Doing more, drove me.
I was ripe for some tough lessons.
In 1983, after I believed in Jesus as my Savior, I had lessons to learn about surrendering my plans and dreams to Him. Over the years, tough lessons about humility and quietness and trust transformed this spoiled child into a grateful servant. One of the toughest lessons came 4 years ago when I left my full-time teaching job because of some minor health issues. During that season of readjustment, this “yes” girl added new words to her vocabulary like, “No, I can’t do it,” and “I’m sorry, but I can’t help you.”
A few weeks ago, I caught a nasty upper respiratory virus that sapped my strength and reminded me of my vulnerability and short-comings. While I laid around, I spent extra time reading and meditating on Bible verses. In the Bible, I read about David, the Old Testament shepherd boy who became a king. I also read about Jesus’ willingness to surrender His kingship and suffer in Andrew Murray’s Like Christ. Most of the people who surrendered their lives to serve Jesus came from humble circumstances or endured challenges.
Consider These Surrendered People–
- a shepherd, the youngest of 8 boys, who was anointed king.
- a convicted criminal in prison who became Pharaoh’s right-hand man.
- a poor, simple, unknown teenage girl who became mother of Jesus.
Corrie ten Boom
- a Nazi concentration camp survivor who lost her family.
- a widowed missionary & single mom in an isolated jungle.
- a life spent rescuing temple slaves & later injured & bed-fast for 2 decades.
The list of people who served God could go on, but here’s the lesson for me:
We can trust God with our training. Click To Tweet
The hidden life, not the public life, is the place where we cultivate a surrendered heart. Click To Tweet
Suffering teaches us surrender like nothing else can. Click To Tweet
What season of life are you living right now? Is it painful?
Look what good is growing in your difficult season of life.
You are becoming more surrendered to Him.
You are becoming someone He can use.