Whether you think you drew the short end of the talent stick, or you think you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, finding your place in a society as complicated and diverse as we have today can be daunting. With limitless work, volunteer, recreational, etc. possibilities out there, where do we begin the search to find our groove? A quick Google search for Personal Skills Assessments Tests yielded over 84 million sites. Obviously, there must be more than a few people facing this issue!
With a world population of nearly 7 billion people, each uniquely gifted, there must be someone available who is competent to perform whatever is needed at any given time. The trick is finding the right people for the job! God places us all into our place in the body so that we all function well as a group. Each member must recognize the part he/she fills in the body. No matter what you want to be, and no matter what others label you to be, you are what God made you to be.
God may appoint you to one or more of the five major offices listed in Ephesians 4:11: apostle, pastor, prophet, teacher and evangelist. Or He may give you a ministry of helps – for example. But God’s gifts are not limited to traditional ministry applications. All gifts come from God, whether they be musical talent, analytical thinking, athletic ability, compassion, or whatever. Whatever you are called to do, you will know that you are functioning according to what God made you to be if you are seeking Him daily, following His direction and acting in love rather than for personal glory.
Only the Lord knows the skills that He has placed inside of us. We discover these skills as we walk through life trying new things. Don’t try to fill someone else’s shoes, and don’t tell God what you have decided to do for Him. A hammer cannot be a saw no matter how much it wants to be. When you insist on chasing another’s calling, you not only fail to do their job well, but you neglect to fulfill your own responsibilities and you may even prevent others from living out their callings. That is when the family unit breaks down, the team falters at work, and governing bodies become ineffective.
We must encourage each other in our different pursuits, and be content to follow the course laid for us by God. Everyone has something to offer; everyone has gifts given to them by God for the purpose of fulfilling their calling in the body. Look for opportunities to get involved in new areas, and allow the Lord to help you choose which opportunities to take advantage of. If you are ready to find your groove, here are some sites that may get your ideas flowing:
- Volunteer Houston
- Volunteer Match
- City of Houston – Volunteer Initiatives Program
- Houston Parks & Rec Dept – Community Centers
Please check back for my next posting on the family vs. bachelor mindset and community responsibility.