This week I am thinking about Giving - the giving of myself and my talents to God, to others. What about God's mission? I sometimes feel like I have so very little to contribute; that that other person's gift is better or more useful or more practical than mine. But perhaps it isn't about quantity. Graham Orr, OMF missionary who spent nearly 20 years in Japan, shares some insights in his book 'Not So Secret':
As I have reflected on my own feelings of helplessness in the face of the enormity of the task, the weakness of my desire to make Jesus known - which may seem strange given that I am a missionary - and my frustration in failing to do it well, I have discovered afresh the variety of roles that I, others and God play in telling others about Jesus.
There are times when I may consider my role small and insignificant. Nevertheless I take courage precisely because it is 'my' contribution. It is one that God wishes and chooses to make through me. I understand that I can do nothing of myself, as Jesus himself told us, in the context of mission: 'Apart from me, you can do nothing' (John 15:5)
But it is here that I find my own unique role, because, like Peter and Andrew, I also hear Jesus say to me 'I chose... and appointed you, to 'bear fruit--fruit that will last' (John 15:16).