Where Do You Fit?
As I write this, I am sitting in the kitchen of Lowen Christian Centre, listening to the crashing and banging of the LCC Trustee Team carrying out maintenance on the building. Teamwork is something that they do well, and together they are able to accomplish most tasks that need to be carried out.
But I am sitting in the kitchen.
I am not able to join in with the crashing and banging due to ill physical health, and it is easy to think that I am not a good team mate or that I don't belong in the team. Fortunately, I know that's not true!
We would not be a very good team if we all had the same gifts and talents. If all 10 of us were good at sawing and none of us were good with electrics, then we would not be getting much done. Our team is made up of people with a range of gifts and abilities which means that together, we make a great team. Yes, some of the skills overlap with each other and yes, sometimes I wish I had the same skills that some of the others have. But I know that I have been given gifts and skills that some of the others don't have, and because of that, I am great team mate!
There are countless Bible verses that tell us that we are individually made with skill-sets that are unique to us. Romans 12:4-8 tells us:
"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
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. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift of showing kindness to others, do it gladly."
If like me, you are tempted to compare your gifts to others and have decided that you don't belong in a team: Stop right there!
God has given you a skill set that is completely unique to you. Not only that, but He has a perfect spot for you in a team where you can make a difference. You are a vital tool in God's toolbox!
Do you have a gift that you could be using to help others? Why not chat to someone in your church or charity organisation and see if you could serve on one of their teams?
Not sure of what your talents are? Start by praying, and ask God to show you the gift that he gave you; or ask a trusted friend to work out what you're great at. Chances are, the things that you enjoy doing most are the things that you are gifted at!
LCC HQ x