I am blessed to share my wonderful friend Christa Hutchins’ words with you today in our Third Thursday guest post. Christa is a woman who gets things done! She truly thrives and finds joy in assisting others achieve their dreams and does it all through a Biblical perspective. Read on for Christa’s inspiration on how we all can be doers…
Dream with me here for a minute. What could you do if you had unlimited resources?
If you had all the money you needed to fund your next great idea?
If you had all the time you needed to exercise regularly and keep your body in shape?
If you had all the knowledge you needed to make wise, soul-satisfying decisions for you and your family?
Okay, now snap back to reality. (Sorry about that little bait and switch there!) Reality is that none of us have unlimited resources, and I suspect if we did, we would be totally overwhelmed by all the possibilities. In fact, I believe God actually uses our limited resources to protect us and keep us dependent on Him.
But we CAN have a balance in our resources. When we have adequate time, money and knowledge, our resources are balanced and we are well-positioned for personal growth and effectiveness. I call this the Resource Triangle. If we are lacking in one or two, our triangle will be off-balance and it will be more difficult to achieve our goals. That’s when we need to learn how to use what we have to fill the gaps of what we are lacking.
There is a great story in the Bible of someone who did exactly that. If you’ve never read Jael’s story, hop over to Judges 4. Here’s the Cliffs Notes version:
Sisera was an enemy of Israel and he alone escaped from a battle where his forces were defeated. He thought he would hide out at Jael’s place because she was married to his friend, but little did he know, Jael did not share her husband’s support of Sisera. When she saw Sisera coming, Jael knew she did not have much time to make a difference in this story. She ran out to meet him and quickly lured him into her home with food, milk and a warm place to rest. Then she drove a tent peg through his head as he slept and delivered the dead Sisera to the leader of the Israelites.
Way to go, Jael!!
What I love about Jael’s story is that she did not have any extraordinary resources. She used the materials she had on hand and the common knowledge of a nomadic wife who put up the tent everywhere she settled. She was quick on her feet and created time to destroy the one enemy who had escaped the battle.
Do you ever compare yourself to someone else and think you don’t know as much as them? Don’t have as much money as them? Don’t have the spare time they do? Hey, we all feel like that from time to time. And it might actually be TRUE!
But don’t let that stop you from running hard after the dream God has planted in you. He doesn’t need you to have any special skills or abilities. He will use your ordinary to do something extra0rdinary. He only asks for your willing heart so He can use what you have to make up for what you lack.
Resources are precious. Whether it is our time, money or knowledge, doing life well will cost us something valuable. So let’s make it worth that cost. Giving God control of all our resources, so that we are completely dependent on Him, ensures that our resources will be used wisely and all our gaps will be filled.
Even if we don’t know our way around a tent peg and hammer!
Christa Hutchins is a “doer-of-things” who provides ministry coaching, project management and administrative support for speakers, writers and ministry leaders. Her writing provides practical insight into moving your God-sized dream from vision to action. Christa lives in South Louisiana with her husband in their delightfully empty nest, where you usually will find her with her nose stuck in a book or sipping on a triple tall, non-fat peppermint mocha.