My vision has been small, too limited.
Somehow over the years, I’ve gotten overly side-tracked on many good things like healthy living, educational strategies, community-building goals, hobby farm projects and so on, all the while missing a greater, more comprehensive understanding that God has a bigger plan for our family, for every family, that is greater than just mastering a few areas of interest.
God wants our families to reflect His glory on the earth.
He desires to use us as stewards to heal the land, to restore a culture of life, to release beauty, and restore healing and joy, to initiate celebration and service as habits of life, and to love deeply like a million stars pulsing light faithfully day and night. He’s got a place for each of our families in this cosmic masterpiece.
He has bigger dreams for my family than just turning out some nice Christiany kids, if only I were up for co-operating. The confounding part is that He doesn’t seem to need my strategies, just my co-operation.
So often, I’ve longed to be used by God, but I think I have generally been unusable, as I’ve allowed my own strategies, priorities and preferences (and comfort, ugh) to block the way. So, how do I cooperate with God? These talks gave me some clues. Start in Romans 12:1-2 and that’s all there is to it:
Step one: “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…”
Step two: “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
So basically, all I need to do is die to myself, and die to this world.
And be transformed, utterly and unalterably changed.
Sounds… impossible. Good thing I have a God who deals with the impossible every day, even impossible-me.