Remember, Self, that just because you can only do a little does not mean that you are doing nothing at all. Sometimes, it’s so easy to get down on yourself, because of all the folks you see who are doing so much for the Kingdom. You see their ministries and can’t help but think that your small success isn’t much of a success after all.
Keep at it, Self. Keep doing the good work – small as it may be — that He has given you. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep showing up and carrying on, because whatever seeds you plant, someone else will water, and the Lord will make those roots stretch out and dig deep into the soil of His vineyard. Your small, quiet, humble Kingdom work will yield a harvest you cannot fathom, because that is how this God of ours works. He specializes in multiplying.
Don’t compare your small work with someone else’s seemingly big work, Self. Resist that urge to compare by seeing that temptation to size up for what it really is: another signpost pointing in that one same direction. Go to Him. You’ve got another opportunity to get low and give thanks. Give thanks for those folks you wish you could be more like. Pray for their work to be blessed and scattered wide. And while you’re at it, Self, pray for yourself. Ask Him to teach you to delight in Him right where you are, because He’s got you here on purpose. This spot where you’re busy digging holes and dropping in seeds – it’s exactly where He wants you, so you might as well enjoy here since here is right where He put you.
Now the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:8-9, HCSB