Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I was doing a little pondering recently and I was caught off guard when I began to think about my journey. I saw that questions about my journey mostly centered on the direction of my life, what was impacting me, and where I was headed. Where did the signs lead ME to?
Then the light bulb turned on. The truth is that the journey is not supposed to be about me. It’s supposed to be about God. Yet, so much of the time, I am thinking about myself in the journey. What really matters is whether or not my journey is leading me to HIM. Now that really jazzes up my route. The path that leads to ME vs. the path that leads to God. Hmmm. I realized that along much of the way, I’ve arranged my journey so as to have things point to me and not God. We hear a lot of talk about our life purpose. Any time I hear a speaker talk about this topic, I am drawn to it with a magnetic force. I want to know about my purpose. What I have realized is that my purpose is to point others to God. Sounds pretty straight on, right? Well, the next question is how?
God has answered that beautifully. He has wired each of us in a unique way. He has poured many gifts and talents into each of us. It’s what we do with the talent that either brings us fulfillment and joy, or emptiness. If our talents are used to bless others, we are filled with joy. If our talents are used selfishly, to bring attention to ourselves, then we will feel empty. There will be some satisfaction, but it is just temporary.
When we share our gifts, we share God’s touch on humanity. It is a way to share who God is with others. It is His gift, poured out through us, that blesses others and is one way he reveals who He is. Others are drawn to Him. Not to us. But the other most amazing thing, is that when I am using my gifts, I feel the closest to God and that fills me to the brim. That’s the way it is supposed to be. That’s where I find satisfaction. Do you?
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11