Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
Over the past few Sundays an underlying question has been tugging at my core: What am I doing to show that I want God’s will to be done on earth? Harold suggested we write a prayer specifically highlighting a way for us to carry out His kingdom, and Craig reminded us that we are His hands and feet; if we wish for “God to do something” it is us that are called to do his deeds on earth.
So what am I doing as the hands and feet of my Father? I think I’m a good person. I try to be an example for people. I aim to be a light unto others. But is it enough?
Discouraged, I fell into a maze of confusion. Growing up the daughter of a police officer and working in a profession centered on policies, rules, and regulations, I literally live in a world that focuses on man’s definition of “right” and “wrong”. I am often forced to make decisions using protocol or guidelines which I may or may not completely agree with. How am I supposed to work toward the presence of Heaven on earth when there are times I have to simply take my marching orders and implement outcomes beyond my control? Maybe if I am to truly be a light unto others I should find a calling that allows me to dedicate all of my time and efforts to works solely for His glory!
After spending much time agonizing over His purpose for me I felt a wave of contradiction. What if this IS where I’m supposed to be? Perhaps the point isn’t to surround myself in a world without negative influences but instead, use my Christian teachings to be the positive opposition.
God hasn’t called me to hide in the parts of the earth that are already working for His glory; I’m the one that He wants to expand His mission! The face of God shouldn’t be present in only certain industries. He should be shining through the works of the doctors, the teachers, the chefs, the janitors, and even me – implementing decisions in the business world. Yes, maybe I am forced to make decisions that are legalistic and, at times, unfavorable but how many positive changes have I been able to enforce due to my beliefs? Instead of focusing on the factors beyond my control, I can focus on my own actions and holding myself accountable during any rough times. My Father is pleased to give me His kingdom and this is my chance to see that His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Jennifer Williams lives in North Little Rock and is the Sr. Human Resources Generalist for Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health. When she’s not busy planning for her upcoming wedding she is spending her time outdoors, with family and friends, and strengthening her relationship with God.