I love to sing. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an encyclopedia of song lyrics, and I love to sing them all. I used to be in a band, and I loved it. The energy, the feeling of being in front of a crowd, and the chance to just belt it out was such a rush. I am passionate about music – all kinds, from classical to classic rock to Christian Hip Hop. I used to dream about playing music for a living, but I really knew I wasn’t that good. Then after I became a Christian, I used to dream about being in the CedarCreek band, but by then I had trashed my voice. I knew I wasn’t good enough for that either. Coming to that realization was hard and humbling.
What I could do, though, was turn people onto music they may have never heard before and encourage people with songs. I could also help program music, first for Life Support, then Celebrate Recovery. I found other ways to use my passion for a purpose, even if it wasn’t the grandiose dreams I had had initially. I feel that I have helped a lot of people through music.
Often we feel as if our life is going to have this big, audacious purpose, and then we are disappointed when it doesn’t turn out that way. But, as we have seen throughout this week, God has created us all uniquely and for a purpose that suits him, if maybe not us. The key is to really understand that his ways are so much better than ours (Isaiah 55:8) and to be content (Philippians 4:11) with the amazing gifts that God has given us.
What I found out through doing the spiritual gifts assessment is that I’m a good leader and administrator. That has helped me do better with my business. I also have the gift of help and mercy, which has helped me in the leadership ministry that I’m involved in as a mentor and leader. I am about to start a new job, and I’m very excited to use all the things that I have learned through these experiences in my new position. I may not be rocking out on stage, but I can still rock out in my car, or the shower, or with anything that I do for that matter, knowing that God has equipped me for my unique performance in this crazy show called life.
We make so much of celebrities and glamorize so many things in this world that really aren’t important at all. I want to be a great mom and a great daughter, a best friend, and a good mentor and boss. I want to do the things that God has positioned me for as well as I can. If I am passionate about this stuff, I will live a good life and one day hear my Lord say to me, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”(Luke 19:17)
1 Corinthians 12:22-31a
22In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
27All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 28Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.
29Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? 30Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! 31So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.
Have you taken the Spiritual gifts assessment yet? What are your top 5 gifts?
How can you use those gifts in your current circumstances to fulfill God’s purpose for your life?
For further help finding God’s purpose for your life, I highly recommend “Chazown” by Craig Groeschel. A fun, free website to go along with the book is http://legacy.chazown.com/. You may find that you don’t even really need the book!
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me such amazing gifts. Help me to recognize them and to be content with them. Help me to find ways in my everyday life to use them to bring honor and glory to you. Amen.
This post was written by Kelda Strasbourg, Kelda is a grateful member of the LivingItOut writing team. She has a love for Jesus and the desire to help others find that same love. She has her own business and a border collie named Emily.
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