There is something about living into one's calling that sets people's hearts aflutter.
These guys, up on the stage, they were using inherent gifts. Sure, they weren't singing to Jesus, but they were singing, and in that, they found happiness. They enjoyed what they were doing and as I looked out into the audience (there were only eight, so it didn't take long), we enjoyed the outpouring of this gift. I saw girlfriends snuggle closer to their boyfriends. I saw grown women get a little weak in the knees when the band took her request. I myself backed my chair up next to my husband's and laid my head on his shoulder.
As the band played, I had a little conversation with God about callings and such. I thought about how even though I still get nervous when I'm about to start speaking, I still wonder how I'm ever going to pull the next talk together, I sometimes still ask God if I still really "have to..." And yet, there are moments when I'm studying, when I'm planning, when I'm teaching, that I reach this high-like state, where no matter what the circumstances, I touch and feel and receive joy. And remembering that feeling and carrying it so close to my heart, it gets me through the times when the ideas don't flow, when I stumble on my words, when it is Sunday night and I still don't know how this will all come together.
He has equipped you. He has equipped you with just enough so that you can do what He has called you to do and yet...still rely on Him to bring you through your own weaknesses and deficiencies. I will be the first one to tell you that I cannot speak on my own. I am desperate for His help every single time I open my mouth in front of my class.
No one is without His gifts. No one. You have them. You. Have. Them.
Go use them.
And remember, even if you stumble, your gifts are not your identity. Whatever comes out of any encounter in which you use your gifts, who you are in Christ never changes. You are still a new creation, a child of God, a branch of the True Vine, a temple of the Holy Spirit, a fellow heir with Christ.
SDG Community Builder: Participate in the Soli Deo Gloria prayer list. What's that you say? I send out an email on Sunday to the group, asking for people to send me any prayer requests they have. I compile them Monday afternoon and send out another email that has all the requests on it. It has been amazing to see God work. If you want to join, you can either email me your email address or just leave it in the comments at the end of this post.