The theme of my life and ministry seems to be MORE! That is, God has more for each of us. I can go way back in my walk with God to see his more.
Since I was eight years old I had wanted to be a writer and then a magazine editor. When I joined Campus Crusade for Christ staff, I gave up that dream - wanting God's will more than my dream. Two months later I was asked to begin working on Collegiate Challenge magazine. That began fourteen years of writing and magazine editing - for God and his kingdom. What he had planned, and the eternal value of it, was so much more than I had dreamed.
Or I can go to the past few weeks. The primary focus of my ministry has been our staff women. I love encouraging them and challenging them to believe God for more. But sometimes I miss working with young believers. Lately, not only have I had the privilege of watching my new sister in Christ, my daughter-in-law, Brandon, learn and grow, but my husband Steve and I are helping to plant a church primarily for college students and recent graduates. Every Sunday evening I am talking to another young woman about knowing and trusting God. God has more than I was expecting!
I believe this is true for every area of our lives. God has more.
Do you need wisdom? He offers it in abundance.
Do you need strength? He offers himself and his joy.
Do you need comfort? He sends the Perfect Comforter.
Do you need financial help? He owns it all and gives us all we need.
Do you need patience or courage or hope?
His grace is sufficient - more than enough.
He has called us to follow him, then join with him in seeking and saving the lost, in growing disciples, in building spiritual movements. He has created each of us exactly right for the opportunities he has for us - the good works he has already prepared for us. But I believe he has more - more opportunities, more good works, more people to touch for him.
When my children were growing up, I often told them, "Don't settle! Don't settle for less than God's best." And that is my challenge to myself and to you. Don't settle for less than God's best. Always seek more of him and the more he wants to do in and through your life.
The verse I seek to live by is Ephesians 3:20: "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us . . . ."