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Date: 06.28.17
Why You Matter and What You Do Matters

I’m from Southern Idaho where farmers grow lots of potatoes (surprise!) and beans. In the summer, when I travel home to visit family, I like driving to the edge of town to look out over the fields. There is something peaceful about them. I once spoke with a woman who reminded me of these big, beautiful squares of green.

“Why isn’t God promoting me like others?” she asked. “My friend is doing all the things I want to do and it seems no matter how hard I try, God never allows me to succeed.”

As she spoke, a picture of a farmer’s field popped into my mind and I thought, God’s kingdom is like a field and each of us in His kingdom have been given specific assignment(s) to accomplish for Him. We all have a place in the kingdom.  We all belong.

The Lord has given some of us a large patch of ground to work. It’s noticeable. We’re influential and others admire the work we do. Others have been given a smaller patch. We work behind the scenes as a support. But all assignments in God’s kingdom are important, because all assignments have been strategically and purposefully given by God—and He doesn’t make mistakes or do anything without reason.

We get into emotional and spiritual trouble when we start to think:

I don’t have a place.

My place isn’t important.

I am not making an impact, because I’m not making an impact like the person working next to me.

My place doesn’t matter because others are doing more (or they’re doing it better).

In Romans 12:4-8, Scripture demolishes these lies.  (Please note the highlighted phrases)

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

If you have ever felt like my friend, remember that according to this passage. . .

~You have a been given a place to work in God’s field

~Your place is assigned by God

~Your place matters

~Your place isn’t the same as your friend’s or mate’s or neighbor’s (You can stop comparing yourself to others)

~God has given you the grace you need to accomplish your assignment, not to accomplish someone else’s

As you go about your work today and serve Christ in your place of employment or as you use your spiritual gifts, be encouraged. You matter and what you do makes a difference.

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27 thoughts on “Why You Matter and What You Do Matters

  1. Hi Shana!

    Great reminder to tend our garden no matter how big or small it is…God has blesses you with many acres 🙏🏻😊

    Blessings, Rony

  2. Your words are always such an encouragement to me. Praying for you Sweet Shana and so thankful to our Heavenly Father for the words He gives to you to share with us. Love you Girl!

  3. Thank you for this writing. As i get older and my roles in life change, mother – not so much mothering to an adult child-to grandmothering and understanding that role, I do feel – whst is my importance. As I grow closer to retirement what dies that look like for me. I am praying for God to show me what he has for me.
    Your writing and blogs are always so encouraging to me. I am so thankful you were obedient to this calling for you life. You bless so many.

    1. Awww. . .thanks Sherry! Grandmas are super important! One particular grandma affected me in a HUGE way. You are the spiritual mother of your family–and that is no small role!

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  4. Thank you for this very special Word of the
    Lord……..just what I need today.!!!
    Not yesterday and not tomorrow but exactly
    for today…….peace and love, Carole P

  5. Thank for this encouraging message because at times I feel like your friend. It’s nice to be reminded that in God’s eyes we are ALL important!!

  6. This is great! I really needed to read this again, as I have and am struggling with the feelings you talked about in this blog. Thank you for the help to see blessings!
    My God bless you!

  7. Good Morning Shana!
    God bless you ! I was really feeling just like this blog today. Amazing how God uses us, his children to help set each other free. So many times I’ve read your blogs, and honestly you are right in my head and thoughts. You seem to write and expound on exactly how I’m feeling at that present time. It’s that GOD CONNECTION! Praising God right now!!

    1. It is really awesome how the Lord knows what we need when we need it. He is faithful to direct us to the exact word or situation that will help us.

      I am thanking God.

      Many blessings to you, Shelley. Glad this helped.

      Shana

  8. Thank you for this reminder that I have a place in God’s plan. I believe my place is working with 3-4 year old’s in a preschool in my city. I love working with them and also my young grand children. These young lives need to know how much God loves them. Thanks again.

    1. David,

      What a noble calling you have! It’s one that must be taken on faith as you plant little seeds. You may not know that what you are doing is making a difference in the grand ways that you are until you get to heaven. But then you will see! Keep up that great work!

      Blessings,
      Shana

  9. Thank you for this writing. I am so thankful that you were obedient to your calling as a writer. As i become older I struggle with this alot. Finding myself moving out of roles into others. Mothering has changed as my daughter is a mother into a grandmother role which is different today from when I had grandmothers. I struggle to feel comfortable and confident. I am praying continually for guidance to navigate this ocean of uncertainity. I only want to do what God has for me. I am past the whole competition of life. Obedience is my target.
    Thank you for sharing your gift

  10. Such a great reminder that we are all loved by God. Yet, we are individuals in his eyes. What a devoted “Father” our God is. I for one am learning what a precious gift that is. God Bless you Shana for this lesson.

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  • Hi Shana!

    Great reminder to tend our garden no matter how big or small it is…God has blesses you with many acres 🙏🏻😊

    Blessings, Rony

  • Your words are always such an encouragement to me. Praying for you Sweet Shana and so thankful to our Heavenly Father for the words He gives to you to share with us. Love you Girl!

  • Thank you for this writing. As i get older and my roles in life change, mother – not so much mothering to an adult child-to grandmothering and understanding that role, I do feel – whst is my importance. As I grow closer to retirement what dies that look like for me. I am praying for God to show me what he has for me.
    Your writing and blogs are always so encouraging to me. I am so thankful you were obedient to this calling for you life. You bless so many.

    • Awww. . .thanks Sherry! Grandmas are super important! One particular grandma affected me in a HUGE way. You are the spiritual mother of your family–and that is no small role!

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  • Thank you for this very special Word of the
    Lord……..just what I need today.!!!
    Not yesterday and not tomorrow but exactly
    for today…….peace and love, Carole P

  • Thank for this encouraging message because at times I feel like your friend. It’s nice to be reminded that in God’s eyes we are ALL important!!

  • This is great! I really needed to read this again, as I have and am struggling with the feelings you talked about in this blog. Thank you for the help to see blessings!
    My God bless you!

  • Good Morning Shana!
    God bless you ! I was really feeling just like this blog today. Amazing how God uses us, his children to help set each other free. So many times I’ve read your blogs, and honestly you are right in my head and thoughts. You seem to write and expound on exactly how I’m feeling at that present time. It’s that GOD CONNECTION! Praising God right now!!

    • It is really awesome how the Lord knows what we need when we need it. He is faithful to direct us to the exact word or situation that will help us.

      I am thanking God.

      Many blessings to you, Shelley. Glad this helped.

      Shana

  • Thank you for this reminder that I have a place in God’s plan. I believe my place is working with 3-4 year old’s in a preschool in my city. I love working with them and also my young grand children. These young lives need to know how much God loves them. Thanks again.

    • David,

      What a noble calling you have! It’s one that must be taken on faith as you plant little seeds. You may not know that what you are doing is making a difference in the grand ways that you are until you get to heaven. But then you will see! Keep up that great work!

      Blessings,
      Shana

  • Thank you for this writing. I am so thankful that you were obedient to your calling as a writer. As i become older I struggle with this alot. Finding myself moving out of roles into others. Mothering has changed as my daughter is a mother into a grandmother role which is different today from when I had grandmothers. I struggle to feel comfortable and confident. I am praying continually for guidance to navigate this ocean of uncertainity. I only want to do what God has for me. I am past the whole competition of life. Obedience is my target.
    Thank you for sharing your gift

  • Such a great reminder that we are all loved by God. Yet, we are individuals in his eyes. What a devoted “Father” our God is. I for one am learning what a precious gift that is. God Bless you Shana for this lesson.

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