Do you have a favorite thing ever? Something that sticks out to you no matter what--even if you're overly excited, tired & grumpy, or stressed & distracted?
I love, more than anything, watching people do what God crafted them for. There is something just so captivating about watching people do something well, and for God's glory.
I have this friend who has been very involved in our campus ministry, doing what God crafted her to do. Lead worship. This friend also plays on Sundays at our church (shout out: Red Rocks Church-Lakewood Campus).
The other day I got a text from her, "I'm not leading worship on campus anymore, but I'm still going to be as involved as I can."
I was shocked. She was MADE for this. So, of course, I called and talked to her about her decision. Me, and my limited human brain, thought she was making a huge mistake--she should be doing what God crafted her for. What was she thinking!? God gifted her in something and she needed to manage it well.
But, she felt like God was nudging her to do more, by doing less. "I'm not giving myself enough time to practice what He wants me to be good at. "
I've been rolling that comment around in my head ever sense. Just because God crafted her for something specific, didn't mean that she could throw practice right out the window. Trial & Error. Seeking advice from people gifted in the same area. Time spent actually practicing.
How smart of God. Build us in a way where we can get better at the thing He made us to do; all the while, getting closer to Him.
And, if this wasn't a real story that God used to teach me something, I would have made up a different gift. I think music-people know that God gifted them in music, but for us non-artistic people that "what did God make me for" question can be a lot harder to deal with.
Don't know what God gifted you to do? Ask your friends. Even if you think you know what God gifted you to do, ask your friends. You might be surprised at their answers.
Things I would tell my friends:
-God made you in a way where you feel what other people feel.
-God made you the master of handling awkward situations, seriously nothing trips you up.
-God rooted such a passion for His Word in your heart, it makes me want to read It more.
-God gave you the eyes to walk into a room, and see the needs of everyone
(and then work to help meet them)
-God made you good with money, and I'm thankful you're apart of this ministry.
The ultimate purpose for any gift we have been given is to glorify God--to explain and reflect His gospel in everything we do. The truth is, managing the gifts God has given us takes practice and being intentional about knowing what they are.
What are you practicing?