August 4

Written by Bill Grandi on August 4th, 2022

Have you ever met someone who can’t seem to make up their mind? I love my wife but that tends to be her. Typical conversation on my day off (or even at other times):

  • Me: Where do you want to eat?
  • Her: I don’t care.
  • Me: I’ll ask again: where do you want to eat?
  • Her: I don’t care. You pick.
  • Me: Okay, let’s go to ____________.
  • Her: I don’t wan to go there.
  • Me: But you just said you didn’t care.

On and on it goes until I say, “I am not leaving this parking lot until you give me a place. You don’t like my suggestions, so you decide.” “But I don’t want to.” “Okay, let’s go to ___________.” “I don’t want to.”  (Frustration ensues)

There are also those who fixate on something and you just can’t get their mind turned. It is set in concrete.

Then there are those (like me) who have dreamed about something, maybe for years, realize it, then want to go back. In 2019 the church I pastor gifted us with a trip to Alaska. It had been on my bucket list for years. I want to go back and enjoy it again.  Jo doesn’t. Any takers?  🙂 🙂

The Apostle Paul probably seems like a man who couldn’t stay in one place very long. And he didn’t. Unless run out of town sooner, he normally stayed a year or two or three, but then moved on. It wasn’t dissatisfaction like many of us experience. You know…it gets old so we move on to “greener pastures.”

Paul moved on, but not because of that. He moved on because he believed that was his calling. Plant. Preach. Start a church. Prepare. Move on.

That is different from moving on due to being tired of the status quo or because of being tired of the place or even feeling like you’ve done all you can. Paul moved to take the message of Jesus to somewhere and to someone else because that was his calling.

Your calling may not be like Paul’s. Mine isn’t. But I do know that where I am, I need to be all there (to borrow Jim Eliot’s words). God put me-He put you-exactly where He wanted us. Be all there. Serve Him there. And if, or when, He says, “Move on” then do exactly that.

“Father, help me to be all Yours no matter where I am.”

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    I often find myself wondering if God is wanting me to “move on”. It has happened a few times. I think you hit the nail though… It isn’t necessarily the where or really even the what ir how…that God is most interested in… It is if we are fully engaged in a relationship with Him while in the midst of it.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I will only approve the “move on” if it is back here. ROFL. I lose friends too easily when they move away. Anyway, I am glad you see the point I tried to make Ryan. I also know wherever you are, God will use you.

  2. We need to bloom where we are planted, Bill. God does have a plan for each of us; hopefully we can know that plan and act on it.
    Blessings!

  3. gail says:

    Father, help me to serve you by doing what you have equipped me to do, when You created me You gave me a purpose that only I can fulfill for you. Help me Father to listen so that I can follow Your lead, keep my journey in Your hands and out of mine.

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