I had many dreams as a child.
I was told that I could be the President of the United States. I was told that I could use my musical talents to become a concert pianist. I once imagined myself as a marine biologist who traveled the oceans of the world. I once believed that I could even be the doctor who discovered a cure for cancer.
But, here I am sitting at my desk as a rather ordinary guy in a world filled with ordinary people.
And that’s the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Mary didn’t have an impressive resume and she didn’t have a formal education. Mary probably spent most of her time doing chores with her mother when she was a child, and she probably didn’t stray far from home. And then, an angel appeared – and Mary’s life began to change. She gave birth to a son and devoted her life to raising her boy. Mary was at the Manger and she was beside the Cross. Mary was at the wedding at Cana in Galilee (when Jesus turned water into wine) and she stood before the opening of the Empty Tomb on the first Easter. And there’s a story in that for all of us.
I have found, through the years, that even though there are a few “great” people – for the most part, it’s the ordinary folks who shape the world. The future is being shaped by moms and dads and grandparents who devoted their lives to little children. The future is being shaped by school teachers, people who volunteer at food banks, and homemakers. The future’s being shaped by people who go Christmas caroling, who visit people who are confined to their homes, and who talk with those who are grieving or facing a tough time. “God’s Using You!” every time you pray and worship, and God’s certainly using you every time you open your heart to God, and ask God to lead and guide you.
If you’ve ever wondered if God could use you to do something great, this is message that you need to hear. God’s Using You!