One of my most vivid memories of spending time with my father during my childhood in Germany is him showing me how a prism worked. A prism is an object made from glass, or another transparent material, that has a very specific shape so that it separates white light into the spectrum of colors. I have always been a science geek, and when I saw for the first time how the prism split “ordinary” white light into all these beautiful and very different colors, I was amazed. White light actually consisted of all these beautiful colors! It boggled my mind.
Today’s LivingItOut will focus on the second point Josh Whitlow made during this week’s message when he spoke about the question “How can you experience the limitless potential in your current placement?”
Trust that faith, not your ________, will determine how God uses you.
- Faith, not your age, will determine how God uses you.
- Faith, not your education, will determine how God uses you.
- Faith, not your occupation, will determine how God uses you.
I think we often forget that each of us makes up one very unique shade of color in that huge spectrum of light, and together, we make up the glorious white light that is humanity. We are all very unique, and yet we all contribute to form that wonderful white light. Unfortunately, we too often think that we cannot make a difference because of our age, education, occupation, or other perceived limitations. But it is exactly because we are all very unique in our personalities, our pasts, and our passions that we can each serve God’s purpose for us. It is our faith in God—that he placed us right here, right now, with our unique gifts for a purpose—that allows us to unleash our abilities to make a difference in the lives of others .
32 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
So, David was placed by God in the right spot, at the right time, with the right personality, and the right past to defeat Goliath. Because David had faith that he was where he was supposed to be that day, he was able to unleash his potential and serve God’s purpose for him. He was able to do so because he did not question his placement in his “today” that day.
I am very blessed to have a wonderful circle of close friends who have supported me through some tough times in my life and kept me grounded. When I look at my circle of friends, they are all from very different backgrounds than me and most are a different age. But, they all crucially contribute to my life in very positive and meaningful ways, just like I am trying to do for them wherever I can.
So, the next time you think that you cannot be of use to God because you do not work in a church, or don’t have the right education, or because you’re too old or too young, perhaps you should take a step back. Remember that for white light to shine brightly, it needs all the myriad colors that contribute to the spectrum. So whether you are an Alabaster (light brown), a Fuchsia (bright pink), an Inchworm (pale green), a Jonquil (yellow), a Mauve (purple), an Azure (blue), or a Zomp (green), you matter! And you can contribute today to someone else’s life in a meaningful way by serving the purpose that God has intended for you.
What about your occupation, education, age, or life experience makes you a unique color? What skills or strengths have you used to get to where you are today (remember that it is totally okay that you are a work in progress, like we all are), and how could you use them to help others?
Make a list of all the limiting labels that people have given you. Take that piece of paper and destroy it in some way: rip it up, burn it, throw it away, etc. Praise God that it is our faith in him that matters, not our labels.
Dear Father in heaven, thank you for making us all different and unique colors so that we may contribute to the beautiful white light that is you. Thank you for walking with me on my journey to this present day. Please help me see how my “today” can be of help to others. Amen.
This post was written by Cordula Mora. Cordula is a neuroscientist who currently works in the Provost office at Bowling Green State University. She was born and raised in Germany, then spent many years living in New Zealand before settling in the US almost 16 years ago. She was raised in a German Lutheran church but feels blessed to have been spiritually awakened when she was introduced to CedarCreek Church. She thanks God every day for all the blessings in her life, including two amazing daughters and a wonderful man who loves the Lord.
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