When you’re feeling useless

When you're feeling useless, bloom where you are planted.

Friends, don’t compare your resources or abilities to anybody else’s, they are yours and they are enough.

I know that many people with chronic illness feel like they are no longer useful, that they have lost all purpose and can no longer contribute to society, but that is just not true!

God has given you unique gifts and talents, even if you don’t recognise them as such. They serve a purpose wherever you are in life. Ministry happens not only in church on Sundays, or on foreign missions in deserted villages, it happens wherever you are:

When you're feeling useless, bloom where you are planted. You are enough.

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In the supermarket, online, in your building, on the bus –  wherever you are in Christ, whatever you do, you can be a light and touch hearts like nobody else could. Your unique experience and circumstances put you in the position to understand and empathise in a way that others could not. You can reach people nobody else can.

Your everyday life has a purpose you might never fully comprehend, but rest assured that even the worst of circumstances can be turned around or used by God to bring about good to you or those around you.

Bloom where you are planted.

You might not have loads of money or energy or the ability to do many activities to help others, but you have love, kindness, leadership skills, creative ideas, time to listen, advice to give, and a life to live in victory despite the hardships that you face – a testimony and encouragement to those who watch your journey daily.

Use what you have.

God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. You can serve God and others anywhere, in so many ways, you have so much potential and so much to offer – you are enough.

Rom 12:8 Use the gifts you have

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  • Salena says:

    I’ve been reading through many posts on this blog, without giving myself much time for reflection.

    This post made me pause a bit longer. Since getting sick for the second time I’ve noticed that I am much more likely to love on strangers in menial ways. I see them and I share of myself.

    • Sorry to hear you’re sick again, Salena. I think illness does give us a sense of compassion and consideration of others we might not have had before. It certainly changes us and the way we interact with others.

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