As a child my parents told me I had so much potential. Usually it was when school came easy for me so I just skated by easily, and they were upset I wasn’t operating up to my potential. I remember one time my dad said “You could be anything you want to be.” I took that to heart, and so I became nobody.
I didn’t set out to become nobody, but the choices I’ve made in my life (some good, some bad) have brought me to this point in my life. Some of it I’m sure is God’s providential hand, and some of it is the natural consequence of my own choices (which God takes into account).
What do I mean when I say I’m nobody? I’m nobody special. I’m nobody important. I’m nobody that you would see me coming and turn around to get my autograph or take a picture to prove you met me. I’m not impressive or outstanding really. I will almost certainly die having accomplished nothing of note or consequence. 99.9% of the world will almost certainly not notice when I am no longer here.
I have had two professions, really: nursing and pastoring. I have won no awards in either career. I’m a good nurse, but not the best nurse ever. I’d like to think I’m a good pastor, but that’s not for me to say. I try my hardest, but I see other men my age (and younger) attaining to positions and offices that I never will. I’m not sure if I will ever pastor a church larger than 100 people (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
But I serve my God. I put one foot in front of the other every day and try to do what He asks. And whatever job He has for me, I do it willingly and gladly, even if men never see or think highly of me. And that doesn’t bother me really, because I’m not doing it for them.
Psalm 84:10 says:
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
That means it’s better to be a doorman for God than live outside of His will. it’s better to be a nobody for God than to be a somebody for the world. I am happy serving God wherever He sends me.
God does not require us to be spectacular. He just wants us to be faithful.