I first need to give a shout out to Debra Deady who commissioned this verse! And a shout out to Vicki Poole for her habit in faith journaling that makes this verse even more special:
What if it said: The Lord has chosen you NICOLE to be His own special treasure.?
Because He did.
Say it to your self inserting your name. He chose YOU.
He chose us to do little things and big things. Because it is all of those that add up to a life of discipleship. Remember He is pleased when we commit our work to Him because He loves us. He isn’t counting on success or weighing it as better or worse or with holding love because we don’t measure up.
Lately it feels like a whirlwind of activity that is happening for this business. But I have to step back and remind myself: This took TWENTY YEARS of work. I got an art degree–4 years. I taught art in schools– 7 years. I was in an art society and did one tiny show and I went to a retreat and did a tiny show. I mailed out inquiry letters and made a trip to New York to the stationary show way back in 2002–which scared me enough to quit trying at all for a few years. I did scrapbooking, classes and calligraphy for 9 years–but no painting. There were years in there of stagnation. But there were lots of little steps moving my faith.
But when I devoted my work back to God 3 years ago, when I started believing again that He chose ME for THIS, I felt empowered and confident to do the work necessary to spread His love. That is what this is. This is my response to the great commission. Twenty years of wandering around led me to my promised land. Twenty years of trust, patience, strengthening, endurance, and prayer. Hours of practicing my craft and honing the spiritual gift God gave me. What started as 10 minutes a morning is more like 2 hours of painting now and several hours of business work. It is now a full time job–on pittance pay–UNLESS you count the treasures I am stacking up in heaven which are worth way more. Worth all the years. Worth every moment. For Him to choose me as His special treasure to do this work for HIM.
ALL worth it.
Are you in a place of wandering right now? Or maybe you are in the promised land but feeling dejected and not worthwhile. Be confident in this: He has chosen YOU! You are His special treasure as well. You are stacking up heaven riches. The more you work at it, the more you accept it, the more visible it will be. Your path will lead you to Him, and that is best we can ever do.
Say that verse again and insert your name:
The Lord has chosen you/me __________to be His own special treasure.