Chosen

I665ebc6877e211e2b8e822000a1fbcc7_7‘ve been told that “Anyone can do what you do” when it comes to ministry. It’s been kinda of hurtful and a little discouraging to hear that from people I care about and respect. But as I have been praying about that statement and asking God for wisdom to know what to say and in my time with Him, I came to this conclusion… Yes anyone can do what I do, the difference is that God has chosen me to do it and I honor the call on my life by doing it.

It’s so easy to be discouraged when you serve in ministry. Satan hates what you are doing, and because of his hate for the work you are doing, he works extra hard to break you down. If he can cause you to walk away from ministry, he will have won a major battle. With out you in the world loving people and pointing them to Christ, there will be souls that won’t ever know Jesus. And that is his ultimate goal,to push people away from God, so you giving your life to love like Jesus did, goes against his evil plan.

A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep. John 10-10-11

Lately I have felt sad and lost in my place in this world. It’s so strange, because I am passionate about God and telling others about him. So to feel sad about it is odd to me. However an amazing friend of mine pointed out to me, that I must be doing something right and am on the brink of doing something BIG, because Satan is trying to stop me. If I wallow in sadness or allow myself to slip away from Gods plan for my life, then Satan wins. And I don’t want that.

It is so important to have great friends who care about you and encourage you. They are truly a gift from God and I am super thankful for having so many close to me and across the country who love, encourage and push me. One thing that my friends kept saying to me is “You are chosen!”. I needed to hear that.

I am chosen and so are you!

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

I love this verse and used it when I taught a session at summer camp this summer. It’s easy to tell others they are chosen, but it’s hard to believe it about yourself. I am chosen by God to do what I do. I may not be on staff at my church, I may not be a pastor, but I am chosen! Chosen to love recklessly and to disciple girls and help them make disciples. And if you’re reading this blog you have been chosen too! It may not be to work with teens, but as believers God has chosen us to tell the world about His son Jesus.

I want to encourage you and tell you that you are special and the work you are doing in others lives is amazing! You are giving your all and even if it feels like no one sees it, know that God does. Know that God is proud of the work you are doing and He finds joy in every moment you have devoted to loving the people He has brought into your life. Don’t let Satan use people to hurt you and bring you down. God is in control and He has chosen you.

Know It! Live It!

4 Comments

  1. Patti Ricketts on July 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Yep..satin hates what we do so we all must encourage each other to keep doing what God has called us to do! Laura…you can remind me when you need ecouragement if I slack on giving you some :/.

  2. niki on July 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

    It is actually important that people recognize that anyone can do what you do. You shouldn’t see it as belittling of you. Really, it is sad that so much of the church body sees it that way. They feel like they are not “laura milners” so god cannot use them, which is so not true. While not everyone is meant for youth, everyone is meant for ministry because everyone is part of the body of christ. In that way… everyone is chosen. Unlike you, not everyone chooses to respond.

  3. Rick on July 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Laura you are in the battle and you are serving. You have made a huge difference in the life of my daughter. You have no idea how much you matter to God and to all of the teens you deal with on a weekly basis. Sometimes it can seem like you don’t matter to those you serve. Life crashes in on them and they forget to recognize you or to show how much they care. That doesn’t mean that they no longer need you or that they don’t care. It can just mean that they are so comfortable and so secure in you that they forget to stop and tell you. You are a part of so many lives. God is demonstrating His great love through you. I personally thank you for the love you have shown Katie and Josh. I am proud to call you my daughter too!

  4. Sierra on July 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Laura, I love this! Its so relevant to what im dealing with as a Worship leader. Thanks for the encouragement…definately needed this today! Be Blessed my sister 🙂

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