I suppose that there comes a time in everyone’s life when they wonder if they’re significant. Whether his or her life actually means something to someone. Whether or not there is some unique contribution that his or her life offers that may be of value.
In my experience, there are so many more days where I feel like I’m just plodding along, doing the things that need to be done and wondering if anyone would ever notice or care if I didn’t do the little things I’m doing.
Eventually someone would run out of clean underwear. Or buy more.
Maybe they’d notice the growing pile of dirty dishes in the sink. Or switch to paper plates.
Perhaps someone else would cut the grass or weed the flower beds or run a vacuum or scrub the floors. Perhaps.
Maybe they would realize, when they’re hungry enough, that someone has to buy the food, put it away, prep and cook and bake it. But then again, men are hunters after all, even if it looks like a drive thru hunting ground. And I have enough girls who know how to grow fruits and veggies that they can gather…
I’ve been slowly edging out of the volunteer positions that had started taking over my life and my family’s time, so my absence there probably wouldn’t be noticeable either. There’s something to be said for allowing others to take leadership roles.
Maybe someone else would do all of those things and more. And better.
So when you stop and look at what you’re doing or not doing with your life, it’s easy to get lost in all of the replaceable parts of yourself and the seemingly insignificant contribution to society that you provide.
Don’t. Don’t get lost in that place. It’s a tunnel of epic proportions.
It’s also the easy way out.
Thinking that you have nothing significant to contribute to the world, to society, to even just one other person, absolves you of the massive responsibility you’ve been gifted.
The simple fact of the matter is that you have been given the most awesome of responsibilities, the most valuable of significance.
You are a seed.
It’s one of the most incredible jobs ever. And one of the absolute most difficult challenges ever.
You probably won’t know the results of your actions. You probably won’t see the fruits of your endless labor. You probably won’t recognize the impact that you have truly made on another lie until hindsight is better than 20/20.
If you allow yourself to dwindle away in the tunnel of doubt and insignificance, you will miss the ceaseless opportunities that are right in front of you to be a seed.
A seed that can choose to grow plants in love or hate, fear or hope, pain or peace.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re the Chewbacca Mom who goes viral for laughing at a mask or the next Bachelor or Big Brother contestant or a multi-award-winning celebrity, if you aren’t sowing the right seeds.
And honestly, it doesn’t matter either what kind of soil you drop your seeds into – rocky, thorny, bird-infested, healthy – the receiving part isn’t entirely your responsibility. While we are to plant the seeds and even to nurture and care for any seedlings that may emerge, it is truly God’s hand that will determine the extent of the growth.
But planting the seeds is YOUR job of incredible significance.
If you look at your life – the washing of laundry, the shuffling of paperwork, the shuttling of children, the building of someone else’s company, whatever seemingly insignificant parts of your life you often don’t want – is that seemingly insignificant contribution really an opportunity to sow significant seeds in the life of another person?
Maybe instead of figuring out ways to PROVE our significance, we should be trying to LIVE our significance.
God has specifically placed you where you are, right now.
God has gifted you with the most incredibly significant opportunities to be a seed for Him in every single thing you do, every single day.
God has allowed you to BE THE CHANGE in the world that you want to see – if you choose to be a seed of change for Him.
And honestly, that really is the only way we will ever truly see lasting change, a directional switch from the seemingly downward descent many consider our society to be trending toward.
You, being a simple seed, used by God, sown in LOVE and HOPE and PEACE and LIGHT.
You, continually spreading seeds of God’s grace and mercy and compassion in every single thing you do, every time you do it.
NO ONE else can do this seemingly insignificant, yet utterly significant job the same way that you can.
Your love for Jesus, overflowing and pouring out onto others as you plant seeds through your daily walk, the example you set for others, the love that you share with anyone.
Come out of the tunnel of seemingly insignificant moments and realize that the Light at the end is a Light that you can help to spread.
Allow God to use your everything, your every day, in significant, life-changing ways.
Spread the Light of God’s Love and Hope and Peace as you sow your seeds of significance in every thing that you do, every day.
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else…13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. ~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13