I always have imagined God making us in a glorious way. Being made in his image, he placed us with all sorts of beautiful gifts and skills and passions. He planned out our whole life, and all the marvelous events and moments in it.
I know that this is how God made me, and all of you too. But I can honestly say that many times, I have wondered why God couldn’t have made me more athletic.
I am skilled in so many other areas, but sports… not one of them. I’m not uncoordinated, I’m just not very strong. And I’m not saying that I’m bad at sports, I guess I’m OK. But I have always wanted to be great. I’m prayed and prayed that I could be better at my volleyball serves and my basketball free-throws, and when I do that, I’m not looking at the gifts God has already given me.
I’m first chair bass clarinet in NW Iowa Honor Band. I’m the only girl in my grade on the A honor roll. I have a great role in the junior high musical. My teachers praise my English and math skills, along with all my other subjects. My art is highly complimented by my peers. I have placed at state levels in speech competitions. And above all, I’m always a compassionate and caring person with a strong faith in God.
Now I don’t want you to think I’m bragging, but I’m just saying- listen to me complaining to God about my limited athletic skills, while he has given me so many other gifts.
My mom says in her book that in the past, if there were 100 people in a room and 99 of them liked her, she would focus on the one person who didn’t like her. I’d say it’s like that for me with my gifts. Maybe for you, too. Do you make the best of the gifts God has given you, or do you get down on yourself for the one or two things you aren’t the best at? God has amazing and spectacular plans for all of us, and I’m sure they involve the wonderful gifts he has so lovingly blessed us with. I want you to watch this video my dad showed me. I think you’ll understand why.
Are you getting how this all ties into the gifts we are given? Maybe you are have been given a two-liter can of coke, and maybe you have been blessed with an eight ounce can, but that doesn’t matter. God picked out the gifts he wanted for you because he knew they would bring you joy. And even more than that- to glorify him. So let’s all look at our own gifts this year, and thank God for blessing us with them. (And be sure to comment what brilliant gifts God has given you below. I’d LOVE to hear them 🙂 )
Romans 12:6 says:
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.