I’ll never forget the words of a fellow pastor early in my ministry. He said, “Craig, you don’t have to be Billy Graham. Just be the best you that God created you to be.” It took a few years to really understand that statement, but no truer words have never been spoken.
Too often we try to be someone we were never meant to be. Policies and principles can be duplicated, but every person is uniquely hand crafted by God. It’s important to discover who you are and how God has wired you to function. Your strengths and weaknesses are things God plans to use for His glory.
Six months ago, I started working with a great company called Patriot Hospice. Because of my passion for hospice, I started out as their Community Liasion. My job was to help connect those who need hospice with a company they can trust to care for them and their loved ones. I still got to interact with families and patients, but most of my job was getting out in the community.
God used those six months to make me realize that I’m called to be by the bedside of patients, not just discover patients. You see, I’ve spent over six years as a hospice chaplain in the past. During that time I’ve helped hundreds make their eternal transition. I find great joy in helping the dying find God’s peace, comfort, and hope in their greatest valley.
I’ve now transitioned back to being the full time chaplain of Patriot Hospice. After just two weeks of being by many bedsides, I feel back where I belong. I’m not doing less work, but I’m doing the work God created me to do. Any time you’re doing something that is a God fit it really doesn’t feel like work. It may require work, but you know that God has called you to the mission at hand.
Maybe you’re struggling because you’re trying to be someone God has not called you to be. Take time to seek God’s face and God’s will. A big part of discovering God’s will for your life is eliminating what is not. Write out what you believe should be your life mission statement. Then make sure you take that life mission wherever you go in this life. Nothing you do should ever change who God made you to be. Instead, wherever you go, BE ALL THAT GOD CREATED YOU TO BE.
(Romans 12:6)”We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
(1 Peter 4:10) “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
(1 Corinthians 10:31) “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
(Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
*If you don’t have a church home you can join Pastor Craig @ Refuge Church of Walteboro. Sundays 9:15am or 11am @ the Colleton Rec Center you can discover God’s will for your life. Come as you are, but never plan to leave the same.