"Moses said to the Lord, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.' The Lord said to him, 'Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.' But Moses said, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.'” (Exodus 4:10-13)
Never live under the impression that you're calling isn't good enough in comparison to someone else. A husband to a successful woman once asked me — actually the very first thing he asked — "What do you do?" I said with confidence that I was just a wife and a mom, but in the same breath felt that I had to say everything else I was doing in order to measure up. Measure up? Measure up to what, their standards of success? Rubbish. Terrible first question might I add. I started to feel insecure and inadequate. I started to believe the lie that where I was in life wasn't good enough.
I felt inadequate, just like Moses did. Moses was making up excuses rather than looking at what was in his hands. Moses believed there was someone better for the job — his brother Aaron, but God thought differently. God wasn't looking for the qualified. He was looking to equip the called. Moses was exactly where he needed to be and exactly WHO he needed to be, just as he was.
I was reminded quickly by Holy Spirit that I'm not JUST a wife and a mom, I AM a wife and a mom. I take it seriously and it is good enough. It's a privilege and an honor.
I asked the Lord, "Is this all you have for me?" He replied, "since when is my supply not enough?
"But what about the dreams you've given me?" I said.
"Jill, my daughter, I know what I told you and how I designed you. Right now, I need you to be present and planted. I will do the rest."
I came undone. In that moment I felt secure and valued. In that moment I took my stand against any plot of the enemy deceiving and robbing me of what the Lord has given me. This doesn't mean these two things will be the only things I do, but even if they are, I was reminded of what God said — His supply is enough.
Don't let the enemy rob you of your joy. God has made us what we are.
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Your calling is ordained from God, therefore it is perfect and unique just for you. We each have different gifts to contribute to the body of Christ — steward them well. If you're called to teach, teach well. If you're called to create, create well. If you're called to be a wife, doctor, preacher, dancer, baker, mom, computer analyst, do it well. And above all, do it for the Glory of God. Champion and celebrate those who are different from you along the way. No one job or opportunity is better than the other, they just hold different responsibilities.
There is only one you. Your calling is personal and customized. God makes no mistakes. You were made for such a time as this, just like Moses.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for creating each one of us with a specific and unique purpose for Your kingdom. It is only in You that we find our security and value, and not in the shaken or the inconsistent ways of this world. We rebuke lies from the enemy that we aren't good enough, and break all attachment of comparison. It is You who has called us. It is You who has formed us, called us by name, and customized our giftings. It is You who deems success. Holy Spirit, remind us in these moments of insecurity and question that because of You, we have all that we need. Remind us WHOSE we are. We are wonderfully made and deeply loved. In Christ alone, we are enough. May we go confidently and courageously knowing and believing that God is before us and behind us cheering us on in victory. In Jesus name. Amen.
Suggested Reading: Exodus 3-4