Have you ever played that game where you have to look at a really zoomed-in picture of something and try to guess what it is? At first, the picture looks like pointless blobs of colour or confusing shapes. Then you zoom out and realise it was a dog or a ferris wheel the whole time.
When you want to follow Jesus and change the world, it can end up feeling a bit like that. You're trying your hardest to live for God and show others His love, but sometimes it feels like it's not going anywhere. You're reading your Bible and telling people about Jesus but it's all still just blobs of colour and close up dog-fur. Here's the thing. If we look at what we do on its own then, just like the zoomed-in picture, it probably won't look that great.
God's vision is that zoom-out realisation. On your own, you might be the dog's nostril or the electric lights on the ferris wheel, but when you zoom out and realise that life's random, insignificant bits fit into God's big picture, it gives them purpose. Your small-feeling efforts and dreams become amazing when you add them to the mix of God's plan. It still might not all feel glamorous, but it matters.
If your effort has a focus on God, it's never wasted. If you pray that your effort fits more and more into God's purposes, then you'll see something glorious.
So what now? If you're feeling a bit frustrated about where you fit, tell God. Be honest about the fed-up-ness, and ask Him for a big picture view.
Soulfood : Num 34-36, Luke 9:46-62, Ps 138, Prov 4:14-17