Do you remember that one time God asked you to do something big? Something that was bigger than yourself but you had no clue what it would cost. I feel like that has been my story the last few years. I’m going to share a few stories where obedience was worth the sacrifice.
Obedience will always require sacrifice. It’s hard to obey because of what you’ll have to give up when you gain more responsibility. I’ll never forget the first time this happened to me. It was during disaster relief in our community. It was the summer of 2011. I said yes to become the volunteer coordinator for the community. I had no clue what I said yes to but I knew I was suppose to say yes. I’ve never grown so much in one summer as far as learning the weight of responsibility. I met some of the greatest people in my community. They shared their story and thanked me for sending clean up crew to their houses. I gave up my summer but I what I gained and learned was totally worth the sacrifice of not having a “normal fun summer”. I would do it all over again.
It was that same summer towards the end of July and my youth pastor spoke a challenging word and I knew God was starting to move in my heart again. I didn’t know what was going to happen next but I knew it would require more sacrifice. Every new step of obedience requires more sacrifice. A few days after that service, my youth pastor asked me to lead the outreach arm for our high school/college. I had no clue where to start! So, I just started with the widows at our church. Every year now, we do a Christmas and Valentines Party for the widows at the church. It’s always the highlight of the year. We’ve done the widow’s party for three years now and we’ll continue to serve them. There is no greater joy than having the widows of the church pray for youth.
March of 2012, we had a small tornado come through two parts of our city. A lot of tree damage and one or two homes destroyed. My role switched from volunteer coordinator to unmet needs. I started getting request for furniture and the only I resource I had was Facebook and Twitter. Within minutes needs were being met for these families. I wrote down this idea for a furniture bank nonprofit for our community. It was just an idea but the more I held onto the more I felt the need to do something with this idea. I turned the idea into the United Way and they said no one was tackling this need. I had no clue how big the need was until I was in the middle of the need. I was still a junior in college at this time about to enter into my senior year. I had no clue what was ahead of me but I knew it would be worth it. I started the long nonprofit status paperwork with a lot of help from other agencies and friends. Long story short, we’re now a nonprofit! Yes, the long road of almost two years was challenging and rough. Yes, it took its toll on my family but they saw the value in what our organization was doing. Yes, it required me doing a lot of things I didn’t like but hearing families share their story replaces all the stress.
Every new level of obedience requires new levels of sacrifice. Now, I’m able to look back and see that every one of these stories helped me get to where I am today. The places that God is calling you to will require more obedience and sacrifice but its worth it. You might never see the impact you made on someone’s life until later but that impact makes the sacrifices worth it all. Don’t be afraid to embrace new callings of obedience and sacrifices. Just know that God is always working behind the scenes while you’re in the scenes. Keep obeying and he’ll continue to lead you.