Read 1 Samuel 16:12-13 and Luke 1:29-33.

Have you ever wondered if your life would really matter in the end? Or maybe you’ve thought God doesn’t have a very special plan for you. Maybe you are only going to live an uneventful and rather insignificant life.

We’ve all had thoughts like that, when the days grow long and the hours become boring. Through the everyday “drudgery,” sometimes we think this is all there will ever be for us. But the Bible gives us a comforting message. All throughout history God used normal, average people who should (by a worldly point of view) have lived out normal, average lives. David was just the “little brother” of his family from Bethlehem, often overlooked and working as a shepherd, when Samuel the prophet came and anointed him the next king of Israel. Mary was just a little girl also from the little town of Bethlehem, a common girl with a common name, when all of a sudden an angel appeared to her and told her she would be the mother of the Messiah. These two were just going about their normal lives when suddenly God shows up in a mighty way.

Did you ever think God could do something equally important and meaningful in your life too? Think about the people in the Bible that God used to accomplish His will: Ruth, Rahab, Joseph (Old Testament), Joseph (New Testament), Paul, Peter, Samson, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Noah, and so many others! What if God wanted to use you like He used them?

My Dad once gave a speech that involved this story—

During Paul’s ministry to the churches, he wanted to go to Spain. He mentions in Romans 15:23-24a, “But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to visit you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain.” I’ll tell you now, Paul never went to Spain. He was imprisoned and later martyred before he could do so. But God’s will prevails, and while Paul was in prison, God had Paul working on something far bigger. Paul wrote letters just as he had before, letters inspired by God. Though Paul never got to Spain, these parts of the New Testament God used Paul to write did. They went far beyond Spain too. God had bigger plans for Paul than even he knew at the time.

God also has bigger plans for us than we realize. Though not all of them involve becoming famous, or wealthy, or even well thanked by others, they do involve glorifying God’s Name and doing His will. God’s plan involves us all, and He will use us for things we can’t even imagine right now if we will follow Him. It’s not always easy or important looking, but doing God’s will leaves a lasting impact for His kingdom. Bottom line, God’s plans for us are far bigger than our plans, and we need to trust Him in it. So dream big and follow God; He can take you farther than you can even imagine.

Thank God for the plan He has for your life, even if you don’t know what it is. Thank Him that you are in His perfect will, and ask Him to help you embrace His guidance in your life. Ask Him to also help you dream big in Him and trust Him with it!