Growing up I can remember my dad taking my older brother and I to work on “take you child to work day.” He worked at IBM back when IBM was like the Duke basketball of computer companies (because obviously Duke is the best team ever).
We would go with him, and walk around a bit in the morning and meet some of his coworkers. He had a L-shaped desk, where my brother and I would then play some computer game as he tried to get some work done.
Typically they had some special activities for kids to do on these days as well, so we would go do some of those things in the afternoon.
I still remember to this day going and pretending to be a weatherman. They had a space where they set all the cameras up like a studio for us to see how weather people did weather things in front of a green screen.
I look back on those experiences and am grateful for them. But let’s be real for a minute, how helpful were my brother and I to our dad trying to get work done? Not only were we not helpful, we just got in the way.
You see, take your child to work day isn’t about getting your kids to help you do your work, they don’t, it’s about creating memories and sharing with your kids a little bit of what dad does at work all day.
I think that is sort of what it is like when God uses us. He doesn’t need us, if anything we kind of get in the way, but he brings us along for the ride. Why? Because he loves us and he cares.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Why did my dad take us to work? Because he loved us and he cared. There is nothing more life giving in this world than knowing you made a positive difference in someone’s life.
If you watch those mother’s day videos where kids talk about how much their mom means to them, you see the all the moms crying and then you start crying and now you have to pretend it’s just allergies because someone just asked you if you’re ok. In these videos the moms always say, “it’s all worth it.”
All the late nights, the lack of sleep, the dealing with sickness, the staying in because you’re just so tired, the undone chores, all of it is worth it. Why? Because they made such a positive difference in someone else’s life.
This is the kind of thing God graciously allows us to take part in.
So here’s the question for you, do you want to be used like this by God?
This is part two of a four part series (part 1) looking at the question of whether or not God can use you. If your answer is “yes” to the last question, tomorrow I’ll be posting what you need to do to be used by God. Or if is more convenient for you, you can go ahead download the whole series in PDF form here.