I was working out at the gym the other day and I was listening to some random “contemporary Christian music” (hey everyone is different when it comes to what pumps them up at the gym). I came across a song I had never heard before called “Dream Small” by Josh Wilson.
Do you ever have moments where it is so blatantly obvious that God is telling you something? After listening to this song I was like “Woah God I hear you loud and clear”. The way that I am wired, I am always trying to do more and more. I try to use every minute of every day to do something to improve something else or start something new. How can I improve myself in this way? How can I serve in a new and bigger way? How am I going to save enough money to move to California? Will I ever get a job? Will I be able to raise a family one day? What more can I give? What more can I get? Can I squeeze this project into this window of time? It’s just the way God designed me to be. But I was humbled by a few things mentioned in this song. It helped me to realize that God has me right where he wants me in life right now. I don’t need to be trying to add in more or try to get ready or improve myself for what comes next in life.
These are the lyrics that really spoke to me!
“Let Jesus Use you where you are”
I am the kind of person who is always looking for what comes next. Where can God use me in a different place? But through the song, he told me to be still where I am. He can use me to do great things right where I am. God has us where we are so that he can use us right where we are. We don’t need to look for where we have purpose. You have one right where you are sitting.
“Nothing wrong with bigger things, but don’t miss the minutes on your way to bigger things”
I am a dreamer. I have high hopes of where I want to go and the things I want to accomplish in life. It’s not a bad thing to have big dreams. God is the one who gives us our hopes, dreams & interests. But I am guilty of getting too caught up with looking to the future that I sometimes miss what God has me doing right here and right now. Don’t take for granted what is in the here and now. Every second of every day is an opportunity to love and serve and we will miss those opportunities by getting caught up in the moments that haven’t even happened.
“One day at a time”
I need to tell myself this every day. Things start being planned and prepped for weeks to come. Moving into college, family vacation, hanging out with friends, starting a new job…It is all so exciting to have things to look forward too. But remember to take things one day at a time. Look at today and all that you can make of these moments. We can’t get them back. (I feel embarrassed as to how many minutes I waste away worrying about little things, going on social media, or even sleeping LOL)
“Find little ways where only you can help”
Sometimes I get discouraged believing lies that I don’t have a purpose. That I don’t have some extraordinary role to play. But that is not true for anyone! This encouraged me to look for ways that I can serve a purpose through little things that only I can do!
“Don’t feel like you have to do it all- let God use you where you are”
As I mentioned earlier, the way I am wired is that I always feel like I need to be doing everything. I need to feel like I am being productive every second of the day or else I feel like I am not doing enough. But God told me through this part of the song is that I don’t need to do it all. It’s not my job to do everything. God wants me to feel at peace and at rest just being where I am. He wants to use us where we are.
We don’t need to go find our purpose. We already have one! We each have had a purpose since before were in the womb! We don’t need to go looking for the next greatest thing to accomplish or the next best way to serve. God wants us to rest where we are. He wants to use us in this season and in this place of our lives. And we don’t even need to worry about where we will go next or what comes tomorrow! He will take care of that according to HIS perfect plan for our lives.
Here is the song! I highly recommend giving it a listen!