It’s not me, it’s God

10 09 2010

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, … (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Throughout the day, it is so easy to take credit for so many things. When you do a good job at work, when you cook a great meal, even when you find a great sale at Target, its easy to say “oh yeah I mean psh I’m an awesome bargain hunter.” But who really should get credit? Not me, not you.

At the Passion 2010 Conference I attended last year, John Piper spoke about this concept and the thought has never left me. Ultimately, I was designed by God, for God’s glory. It is through no action or undertaking of my own that circumstances happen in my life. And it’s not fate, it’s God. It is a small part in a much larger picture.

Today, I was thinking about this in regards to my fundraising for my work at Amor. I am currently raising support for my year here and have set a goal to raise $20,000 which will in turn be my salary for the year (so that the Ministry can use its revenue to fund programs and not payroll). Many times, when I receive new donations or tell people about the fact that more than $17,000 has been raised so far, they attribute this to something I have done. But to me, this is something God has done. I have used gifts He gave me, both in diligence and in an amazing network of generous friends and relatives, to raise this support. Without God placing generosity in the hearts of those I know, no money would be raised despite my best efforts. On the other hand, if I had sat back and done nothing all summer, and not used my God-given gifts to speak with people and write to them about my trip, the support would not have been raised as well. It was a God-breathed collision of two separate, planned conditions that allowed it to occur. The way the world works is incredible and can only be attributed to God Himself.

So Thanks God, both for the support you have allowed me to raise so far, the support that came in today, and the support yet to come.

In His love,

Stacey

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