"Now to him why by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church & in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
For much of my life I've been an over-achiever. From a young age, I've had the desire to not just finish, but excel at whatever I undertake: school & studies, athletics, photography, art & creative expression... heck, even things like fantasy football! I'm sure part of it is the environment that my parents raised me in... part due to how I'm "wired" by God... and part due to the choices I've made over the course of my life (and the opportunities I've been afforded).
Paul reminded me today, as I was reading his letter to the church in Ephesus, that as gifted, motivated and accomplished we may think we are... it's nothing compared to what GOD CAN DO IN US! His power at work in us is able to "accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine."
Wow. Let that sink in for a minute.
God is able to accomplish ABUNDANTLY FAR MORE in us. Not just a little bit more. Not just more. Or definitely more. Or even far more. Nope. Abundantly far more!
That tells me two things:
1) I'm dreaming too small... for my life, my family, & my ministry.
2) Success is not dependent upon me. I may be gifted in some ways. But God is abundantly far more gifted & able than I am. So I should relax & trust God's power to do its thing. And try to align my life with what God is wanting to do in/through me.