Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pleasing and Acceptable to God...and to me

Growing up in my family, the phrase "jack of all trades and master of none" was used to reference individuals who couldn't seem to plant roots or settle into one career. For all intents and purposes, one person should be really good at one thing to be respected and accepted. One person equals one slice in the great pie of life. Right?

So, did I really know what I was getting myself into when as a teen I told God my life was His? No way! I just knew I wanted my life to be pleasing to Him.

After a little of college and a bunch of on-the-job training of ministry, I felt I didn't measure up to my own expectations. I could play the piano and organ, teach Sunday school at any age level, train vocals, organize an office, direct musicals, prepare menus for 1 or 100, customize curriculum, lead missions efforts, etc., all while making a home for my husband and son. Still, I saw my self as an invaluable jack of all trades or as bites from the end of each slice at the center of the pie.

How can my life be pleasing to Him when don't even measure-up to a single slice?

Paul jotted a note to the followers of the Truth in Colosse identifying them as faithful to Christ, hopeful in God and loving to other believers. He encouraged them in prayer to "walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper and clearer insight].

Hey! That's ME! 

Simply by desiring to please Him and with every bite from many, assorted slices of pie, my life IS pleasing and acceptable to Him...from the Center of the Pie!


  1. I love this....indeed you are smack dab in the middle of the pie...and God finds that VERY pleasing to Him! Don't want to freak you out too much...but now that your blogging....I gotta say there just might be the beginnings of a book in this! *smile*

    1. Jann - I came back to this, as an emboldened reminder. Thanks so much.