Grand visions of our own ministry, how we see ourselves serving God, and our own views of what success might look like must give way to will of God for our lives. No amount of self-directed busyness can be as fruitful as being called by and led by our God and King. John Milton, in his poem On His Blindness, illustrates that true service is doing God’s will, even if, at times, it means that we must do nothing but live a simple and obedient life while we wait patiently for God’s direction.
. . . God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest.
They also serve who only stand and wait.