Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. ~Psalm 115:1
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt
I recently heard this delicious quote and loved it. It hit me as especially sweet because the young man who quoted it appears to live it. His name is Peter Schriemer, and he has created some fantastic material we have been using for our summer Sunday school program. I could write pages singing the praises of his work, not to mention his impressive list of personal accolades, but that’s not the point. Seeing Peter’s God-given ability propelled by his passion for the Creator and His creation stirs a shout of praise in me. That is the point. Because it reminds me that God uses passion–He delights in it when it is focused on Him and His kingdom.
I don’t have the same talent and skills God gave Peter. But I do love Jesus, and I am passionate about the Word of God and about the youth He places in the path of my life. And when I use this zeal for His glory, I feel His pleasure. Literally. It may be a simple moment; a text from one of my young friends, a sweet ten-year-old smile after several downer-days at camp, or a hug from an over-exuberant hard-to–handle sixth grader. That is when I know I am most useful, when I know that I’m investing what I have, where I am.
Compliments are lovely, and success is nice, but being flooded with God’s delight…there’s nothing like it. Because, even in my ordinary life, He made me to be useful for His glory. Praise be to God!