Sometimes I hear people say, “I’m SO not ready for kids.” Or they’ll say, “if you wait to have kids until you’re ready, you’ll never have them.” Whatever the version of that, it always has to do with our readiness. But that’s completely the wrong focus. People worry about getting to the place where they’re ready for kids. Others feel ready, but are unable to have them.
Should not our attitude instead be ready for whatever God has for us? That might be marriage, singleness, children, no children, or some combination of it all. If we truly believe God loves us and wants what is best for us, then we will trust Him with our desires and readiness or lack thereof.
Romans 12:1-2 NASB
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Instead of focusing on getting ready for what we want, why not focus on what God has for us, and being content with that? God always gives us the proper preparation for the things He has for us (be it marriage, singleness, children, job related stuff, etc). We are just to trust Him daily and look to Him for all our needs. We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, ready not for what we want, but for whatever God has for us.
I had a desire to be a wife and mother from about age 6. But the Lord did not enable me to get married until 26 and have children until age 32. You see, my “readiness” or lack thereof had nothing to do with it. God had something else in store for me.
Is there something God might be calling you to that you don’t feel ready for? Is there something you feel ready for and desire that God has not allowed to happen in your life yet? Let’s choose to trust God and renew our minds, remembering that He has good in store for us. Let’s offer our bodies and our lives as living sacrifices for Him to use as He pleases. He can be trusted with our desires and He can enable us when we do not feel ready. We’re His after all, not our own. In choosing to live to please God as opposed to ourselves, we will find the greatest joy and contentment possible. Amen!
This is an excerpt taken from my upcoming Dailiy Devotional.