God’s favorite words may be: “Help Yourself, Lord–I’m Yours.” He hears these words mostly when I’m disappearing in Him. #write31days
I tried an experiment the other day: I told the Lord to help Himself to my life and I made a list.
You know how it is when you have eight extra teenagers around your table, and you say, “Please! Help yourself to seconds! There’s tons more. I don’t want to bag it up and send it home. Please, spare me the work–help yourself!”
And they do and you don’t need to get out the Tupperware and store it for another night. I love it when that happens. And so do the teenagers.
I love lists. They make me feel organized and accomplished. Especially when written on pretty paper. Especially when I don’t lose them.
This list was not a check-off list — it was a record list. I recorded how God chose to use me when I offered up my day.
I got the idea from Oswald Chambers. He led a Bible school in London early in the 1900’s. I loved his pithy statement:
This college as an organisation is not worth anything, it is not academic; it is for nothing else but for God to help himself to lives. Is He going to help Himself to us, or are we taken up with our conception of what we are going to be?
–Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, November 3
” . . . it is for nothing else. . .”
Chambers was a great teacher and mentor. He was doing what God called him to do. But he didn’t trip over himself while doing it. He didn’t get caught up in who he was or how much greater he could be.
And longed to please Him more.
This college . . . is not worth anything . . . it is for nothing else…
Oswald gave God permission to help Himself to his life.
Help Yourself, Lord, to this school, this job, this life.
Caleb did the same:
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. Numbers 14:24 NIV
It’s easy to get “taken up with our conception of what we are going to be.” Everyone’s on a self-improvement plan.
I’d rather be on a “spend-my-wholehearted-self-out-to-God-plan” and self-improvement will follow.
Let Him figure it out. I just say,
Help Yourself, Lord. I’m Yours.
That first week, my list included:
Some street people were arguing in the back of the store. The boyfriend stormed out, and I offered the gal a cup of water, some helpful words, a bit of my time.
A girlfriend came over and said, “I signed the divorce papers today.” I hugged her, she cried, I prayed.
Fixed two side dishes for a new mama
Invited God into my hurt feelings and let Him restore my soul
Drove a neighbor to the ER at 10 pm
Kept my mouth shut (that should be on my everyday list)
I can’t remember what else. I lost the list (of course!) But I can start a new one. I’m glad I was available. I want to be everyday.
How about you? Will you start each day: “Lord, please help Yourself. I’m all Yours.” And make a list. If you use a pretty notebook, you might be able to find it.
To savor more of Oswald Chambers, check out this lovely book: The Quotable Oswald Chambers
My Oswald favorites were hard to pick. I came up with this list to get you started.