Adventure – CMN Women
by Lacey Hartman
Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted individual will influence 10,000 other people during his or her lifetime. We all influence one another in all sorts of ways.
As the African proverb puts it, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.” Although the mosquito makes an impact with its ability to irritate, the principle of influence remains. One person’s smile can change someone’s day. One person’s voice can bring clarity instead of confusion. One person’s kindness can impact someone’s future.
One person’s vision to start a life-giving church in a new community can change the trajectory of multiple lives.
Perhaps you feel like the work, energy, passion, sweat, and tears aren’t getting you or anyone else anywhere. God wants these words to jump off your screen today: I AM is using you to influence those around you. I AM has placed you in that classroom, board room, living room, café, restaurant, or store to influence others with His love, grace, and truth.
You ARE making a difference!
The church we had the privilege to plant recently turned three. Church planting has been an incredible adventure full of ups and downs, twists and turns, abrupt stops, broken pieces, and the thrill of a lifetime.
In June of this year I was at CMN Launch. Before I went to sleep, I watched a message that popped up on my facebook feed. I don’t remember what the conference was or the name of the gal speaking, but I do remember the prayer she prayed as she opened her session. She prayed something like, “Lord, we have heard amazing speakers. We have taken notes. Yet, you have more for us. Would you expand our capacity to hear from you again?”
As I sat in bed, those words resonated in my spirit. Expand my capacity.
There are many moments I don’t feel like I have what it takes, moments I want to give up, moments I am overwhelmed, moments I feel like my capacity is capped, and moments I feel like I miss it as a wife, mom, friend, pastor, and leader.
If you are walking through a season where you feel your capacity is maxed, the enemy of your souls is winning, and it would be easier if you weren’t in ministry, or you wish you had a different gift set or even a different community, follow the advice you give everyone else: ask a simple question.
What does God say about those feelings?
The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 1:7-10:
“Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that” (MSG).
The difference you make is significant because God himself is right alongside you, and he is working out his plans in his time. No matter how discouraged you may feel, remember, Jesus will wrap it all up. He isn’t giving up on you or the plans he has made.
My prayer for each of us today is this:
Jesus, we humbly ask you to expand our capacity to be more aware of your love. Would you expand our capacity to be more mindful that you truly are with us? In the midst of being tired, remind us that you are there.You are there in the hard conversations, the loneliness, the hard work, the wins, the misses; you are our ever-present help in times of need! God you got us started on this spiritual adventure. Thank you that we can stand firm on your promise that you will never leave us or forsake us. Thank you that when you look on each of us today, you are smiling!
Lacey Hartman serves alongside her husband, Troy, at Rock Hills Church in Manhattan, KS. She has been a pastor’s wife and leader for 10 years.
Lacey is passionate about empowering others to take next steps. Troy and Lacey have two vibrant daughters, Jovi and Jade. When Lacey isn’t reminding her daughter’s to stop jumping on the couches, she enjoys reading, movies, and pedicures (who doesn’t?!)!
Connect with Lacey on social media, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.