Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pastor's Perspective - What's Your Thing?

Recently our beautiful 12-year-old daughter Abigail gleefully announced to my wife Michelle, “Momma, I’ve found my thing!”

For those of you readers who have never met our Abi, she is an amazingly gifted child. She is high-energy personified, with the rare ability to see something once and do it perfectly – better than the one she watched!

Over the years Abi has tried her hand at many things – soccer, dance, even hip hop. Each, predictably, she excelled in immediately. However, recently we found the thing Abi really loves – cheerleading!

Last month she joined the ranks of the local Solano Mustangs football league. She practices hard every evening and logs over eleven hours each week. Her diligence and preparation shine! Each Saturday she takes her place within her squad and really gets the crowd going. As a matter of fact, after her very first game a few weeks ago, she was awarded the coveted ‘Spirit Stick’ (Yep, that’s her holding it in the picture). So, with pride in our hearts each Saturday watching our little girl from the stands, we as Abi’s family have to agree with her – she indeed has found her thing.

Let me ask you a question.

What’s your thing?

Have you found it yet?

Are you actively doing your thing?

Are you courageously experimenting with different things – looking for yours?

As modern-day disciples of Jesus, we are assured in Scripture that each one of us has a thing – something unique – divinely invested – given for the good and glory of the church – and for the benefit of countless others.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul tells us that each one of us is a part of the body of Christ (verse 27), and that our place in it is divinely arranged (verse 18) as God determines (verse 11). In other words, when it comes to the church – you have ‘a thing’!

Here are just a few helpful hints in identifying yours:

-What have you always wanted to do?
-What do you like to do?
-What do you frequently think about doing?
-What seems to come easy for you?
-What do others say you do well and derive a personal blessing from?

Friend, that’s your thing!

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