Formed Before Time


But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. — Psalm 33:11


Looking at your reflection, it can be a wonder how you are supposed to affect billions. How can God use your life when there are so many souls to be won? How can your heart break any more or reach any further than another's? Sitting on the couch or sipping a latte in the coffee shop, it's hard to see yourself as an effective tool for Christ. At times, as a mom, I feel like my sphere of influence doesn't breach the front porch much less set the world on fire for Christ. But how often has God used one individual to be a catalyst for His plans? How can we not see that we are a part of plan that was formed before time?

In the Word we find people who made great strides for God. We find fathers of nations, a mother of a Savior, and individuals purposed with saying or doing the right thing at the appointed time. God can use each of us right where we are. No situation is useless to a God who already planned out the story of our lives. We may not see the fruit in its time of harvest, but our lives, lived for Christ, are always planting His seeds. No good work done in His name will be in vain.

That's why we can't work toward a harvest. We can’t strive to see the product or reward of our work. We have to shift our hearts, minds, and spirits to the fulfillment found in the accomplishment of a day lived with Christ in mind. When we use our waking hours to show love, spread life, and represent Christ we become seed planters and spiritual influencers.


Lord, thank you for thinking of us and planning for our lives. Thank you for allowing us to be a representation of your love. Help us to not grow weary when we do not see the fruit of harvest. Encourage us to find peace in the daily opportunities we have to show your love. Amen.

Your Turn:

In what ways are you ministering to those closest to you?

How has God helped you to encourage and support others in their ministry? 

Kendra Cagle

Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching.  In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.