While many were still covered with sunscreen and sand from beach trips, school supplies appeared on store shelves. It seemed way too early to think about school, but with the calendar page flipping to August, the start of school is a reality and we are in full swing with school shopping.

My grands are waiting to hear about their class assignments. Each day they hope for an email telling them names of their teachers, their schedule, and lunch period. Those are the first “assignments” that will move into homework and projects.

As adults, we don’t share those assignments, unless it’s help with homework, but we have personal assignments.

LORD, “You have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.” Psalm 16: 5 (NIV)

In a recent interview, Ann Graham Lotz discussed her cancer journey as her current assignment.

Joni Eareckson shares the inner growth experienced from fifty-two years assigned to life in a wheelchair.

Ours may or may not be as dramatic, but could be a difficult place of employment, a ministry of encouragement when we ourselves are depleted, a major trial we are going through, or an opportunity to move out of our comfort zone.

How do we look at assignments? Sometimes we see them as chores or obligations covered with anxiety, fatigue, and disappointment. We have a deadline to meet, a task requiring more energy than we think we have, or interacting on a regular basis with a person who “gets on our last nerve”.

Another definition is, “a specified task or amount of work assigned or undertaken as if assigned by authority”.

Assigned. Assignment. Authority. LORD, You = God-given.

Perhaps you wake up each morning thinking about your assignment and question if you can handle one more day of an obligation, trial, health issue, challenging seasonal chapter, or a difficult relationship. In those hard places of assignments, God promises to meet what we need to fulfill them.

What do you need today? Grace, wisdom, insight, strength (click these) to persevere? His resources never end and if He calls us to an assignment, He gives us the “supplies” we need. So, unlike my grands, we don’t have to wonder because:

We know our Teacher, our assigned schedule, and the even our lunch period if we feed our soul with His Word.

Join the conversation to encourage us. How have you met assignments with God-given resources? Is there a scripture you lean on-perhaps for a current assignment?

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