I started to contemplate how, when you are in a play, you all have to work together. From the smallest part to the largest – you are part of a team.
You are one of many that when working together you are helping each other in fulfilling your purpose. The purpose is to complete the play and spread the message or the moral of the story.
I started pondering how we each, in our lives, have roles we fill and parts we play. We each are gifted with specific talents. And those of us who are believers, we are each called, in many different ways, to be the hands of feet of Jesus.
“Therefore, we are Christ’s representatives, and through us God is calling you. We beg you on behalf of Christ to become reunited with God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
I think about the way God has made each of us unique. Each one of my kids are different from one another, each equipped with their very own personality, their very own likes and dislikes, and their very own talents. Not one is as exactly as the other. That is how it is with each of us.
I have a sister who is a fantastic songwriter but hasn’t truly pursued it in any formal way for a multitude of reasons. I believe her gift for song writing comes directly from the Lord. The way she can string the most beautiful lyrics with the piano line and deliver a truth about God and his Word is absolutely amazing.
Sometimes, though, we don’t use our talents and our gifts in the way God intends. If he gives you something to do or something to say you need to pursue it.
I’ve often wondered what stops us when we have such a huge talent – what gets in the way. I believe the enemy wants us to be ineffective in using our gifts. He wants us to not pursue that which God has blessed us with.
What stops us from pursuing our purpose?
Sometimes it is fear. Thoughts run through our mind like: What if I’m no good? What if people make fun of me? What if I get hurt. You might be just plain scared.
Maybe it’s negative thinking. No one believes in me. I won’t be good enough.
Other times we need to fight off pride. I’m too good to be doing that. What will people think?
What if it is the appearance of sin that stops us from fulfilling our purpose. Someone might think I think I’m better than anyone. I should be more humble and not use my gift.
What if it your problem is disorganization? Let me tell you, that has been a big problem for me. I’m so busy that I’ll put it off until tomorrow. And then I never get around to it.
Maybe you are just so busy you can’t make time for anything but the things that are right in front of you.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
The play ended with the cast sharing the good news of Jesus. Tears ran down my face as I saw 20 some teens sharing the love and forgiveness of Christ with the audience through song. They each played their parts to the best of their ability so that the message of God’s love would shine through.
What would have happened if some of them were so worried about what people would think of them that they refused to go out on stage?
What would have happened if some of them were too afraid to say their lines? Or to say them with passion? The message might have gotten lost.
The audience would have been distracted from knowing the truth about God. It’s possible that the leader of this theatre group would put another actor in to cover their part. Because, after all, the show must go on.
I’ve been contemplating how I live my life… how I think about who I am. I am a mom to seven little blessings. I am a writer. I love to sing. I enjoy art.
But what is my purpose? The older I get, this weighs on me more and more.
I know that during this time I need to put most of my energy and time into teaching and raising our children. I know that even if that is my only job, that is enough for me.
That is an important role to play. However, there might be more that God has in store for me. I don’t often talk about this, but my passion and hope (which stretches all the way back to my childhood) is to write a book. Will I ever do that? I have no idea.
Has God given you a gift that you’ve buried in the sand?
Do you let your fears get in the way of your dreams or your callings? Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?
I believe we ALL have a part to play. Some will be to minister to those around us: like our families, our church body and people in our community. Others will have a bigger circle of influence.
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