Do you ever feel like you have nothing to give? You keep trying to muster up the energy to make a difference but you’ve just got NOTHING. Blank. Empty. Nada. Nothing.
Yea, I’ve been there – recently. Just this morning someone asked me why I haven’t posted anything lately. The gut-wrenching and honest answer is that I haven’t felt that I have anything worthwhile to share. A lot of life has happened in the past month and a half. Details aren’t important, but they may have been the toughest month and a half of my life. God has sustained and been so real, which is an encouragement. But, there is a difference between survival mode and helping others mode.
As I struggled to find something inspiring to write, I remembered a story I heard last week. It is an encouragement for me and hopefully will be for you in those times when you feel that you aren’t making much of a difference.
Last week, my family and I volunteered at an event that featured Sadie Robertson as the main speaker. She told a short story about plankton. How much do you know about plankton? Probably not much. I would guess they don’t show up in your list of favorite animals. They are microscopic and on the bottom of the marine food chain. One of those creatures that may leave you wondering why God bothered with them.
These little, insignificant creatures have a tremendous impact on your life even though you probably don’t know it. Every day, they float to the surface of the ocean and absorb energy from the sun. Their process of photosynthesis releases oxygen – which accounts for 50% of the world’s total oxygen supply. Without this, you and I would not be alive. The little plankton, which appears to lead a life devoid of purpose, is vital to the entire planet’s ecosystem.
The same is true for you and me. We all have times where is seems like we aren’t making a difference and we feel like our lives are lacking purpose and fulfillment. Let me encourage you that God is still using you and He still has a purpose for you. Your current situation may put you “behind the scenes” but your role is still important.
When you start to feel like a plankton – floating back and forth to the surface just waiting for a whale to eat you – have faith. Keep trusting God and know that He is using you even when you don’t feel like it’s true.