I don’t usually find myself watching TV preachers. (In fact I don’t watch much TV at all. Michael was the TV watcher in our family.) I usually attend my own church’s service during the weekend. But since I was traveling last weekend I found myself flipping through the channels on Sunday morning.
I settled on a preacher I hadn’t heard in many years. He’s grown up a lot. I always appreciated what he had to say in years past. Last Sunday he made two particular points that have stayed with me and caused me to think a great deal. (I think this is probably what most preachers would hope for — taking away just one or two points and spending some real time dwelling on how they apply to your life.)
The first thing that impressed me was this: “In your lifetime you’ll only have one or two roles that are unique to you. So why trade what’s unique to you for something that somebody else will do.” He said this in the context of how we spend our time and what we focus our energy on. I think he’s right. There are just a few things that are my roles and mine alone. I am/was Michael’s one and only wife/widow. I, and only I, am the mother to my children. No one else can have these roles. For some reason God has chosen them for me alone. So why would I trade something that is unique to me for something somebody else will do?
It set me to thinking about these roles. I guess my role with respect to Michael is mostly done, except perhaps for how I represent him from now on. But I am still the one and only mother to my children. And even though they are grown, I’m still their mom. They don’t need me to bandage knees or check homework anymore; or to read bedtime stories or help them get dressed. But, thankfully, I think they still need me. And I need them. The role looks different now – it’s more of conversation and advice that goes both ways. It’s hugs and kisses and prayers and encouragement. It’s laughter and tears and being there for one another. And just as I have a unique role to each of them they too have a unique role to me. Another thing the TV preacher said was “you’ll never be happier than your relationships. You will never be happier than the relationships of those most precious to you.” How thankful I am for my unique role and for the relationships I have with my kids.
The second point I took away from my TV preacher was this: You don’t ever want to look back on a season of your life and wonder, “What would God have done if I had just trusted him with that? I wonder what God would have done if I had not let fear be in control.” I confess that I can look back and wonder what God would have done if I had just gotten out of the way and taken the chance to follow His lead. But I don’t want to add to that list of looking back and wondering any more. I don’t want to wonder what it would look like to not worry about tomorrow (like Jesus said) and to do what I know God wants me to do, while I trust Him to do what He’s promised to do.
So at this junction in my life — where I’m not sure what the future looks like and I’m trying to figure out what God wants me to do, but I’m always worried about failing — I am more impressed than ever to trust Him. I don’t want to look back and think “if I had trusted Him with ________, I wonder what God might have done through me.”
Why look back on this season and wonder. Instead, trust God. Fear not.
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