Sunday, October 30, 2011

Being All You Can Be?

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You know the encouraging phrase, the one where you usually picture the father with his son or daughter bouncing on his knee as he tells him or her "Honey, you can be whatever it is in this world you want to be when you grow long as you set your mind to it."

Do you feel that's biblically accurate?  Do you think that's a message we should tell our children?

Don't get me wrong here. I'm not a nay sayer. Far from it.

However, it really peeves me when I buy into a worldistic mentality just because I've always heard it. That I've somehow accepted it along the way as truth.  That's junk.  You know why...?  Yeah, that phrase may be encouraging and all, but what the Bible says about "Be all you can be" is way cooler!

See this...

I stink at Jenga!... and Math? Don't even get me started.  This structure is recognized around the world, but if I were being "all I could be" I still couldn't build it. 

Biology is completely over my head and to be passionate about cutting someone open. Baha, my stomach turns at the thought of it.  I was not created to do that, but I am so grateful others were.

A Huge fault of mine is disorganization. If I were allowed in a lab, I can promise you I would be the cause of a pandemic, because some fool got her tubes mixed up. Yup, that'd be me!  But others they find this the coolest thing ever.  Yeah, I know. Crazy right?!?!  :)  Thank you LORD for giving them this gift!

I can not even draw a cute stick man. Can you imagine a world without Van Gough?  I love art. There are so many images I could stare at for hours just soaking it all in.  It is amazing how artists have a way of expressing their inner most soul without using a single word. Simply amazing! But I was not created to do it. :)

Carpentry? My dad loves wood work. He can make a pile of junk a treasure in no time. It's beautiful.  I could not be passionate enough about it to spend time learning it though.  Needless to say, that I could ever be good at it.  However, can you imagine a life without a rocking chair or a front porch swing?

There are some days I can barely handle my own children, needless to say a room full of children that are not my own. Yowza! I have a mini-panic attack at the thought of it.  So grateful that the Lord placed a passionate heart to teach children in some.
I mean I could hang out with children for a day, playing, talking, etc. having a big ol' time and being silly, but organizing a lesson, having patience to get through the day. Aw, junk! Nope not me!

I took photography in college for one semester. I was so bad at it, my teacher actually made fun of me, "no lie".  I am blown away at how photographers can capture beauty in something completely mundane! 
I've seen pictures friends have taken. While I was standing right there! and I questioned, "where did you see that? I'm looking at it and it just looks like a leaf! Where's the cool leaf?"

James 1:17 (ESV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Ephesians 4:7-8 (ESV)
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,
    "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
   and he gave gifts to men."

If we were in charge of our gifts we'd have more lawyers than Doctors or more teachers than artists. More writers than singers. More Presidents of the United States than carpenters. 

I love Beth Moore, but I could never be envious of the amazing talents and gifts the Lord has blessed her with. If I were, I'd be wasting my own. 
Kristi Yamaguchi, is an amazing figure skater, and I think it would be fun to skate like her.  I can try and look like an idiot, but I could never allow myself to be envious of her gifts...they're hers not mine.

You see GOD knit you together in your mothers womb. (Ps. 139) When HE knit you, (every little detail of you was by Divine design, not a drop of the effort of GOD was by accident) He also gave you the gifts you needed to fulfill HIS destination for your life.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."-Phil. 4:13 (ESV)

When you pursue Christ, He reveals the gifts HE has placed in your life. He strengthens the gifts in me I never knew existed. Our gifts were given by HIM, for HIM and to be used for HIS glory- not our own.

He made you suited perfectly for what HE wants to see from your life.  See for me I've found several tiny gifts.  But when HE shows them to me and I surrender them, He makes them beautiful and useful to HIM.

In my strength my gifts are a D effort at best, but when surrendered to Christ there is no end to what HE can do with them.  Whatever I have the faith to surrender fully, willing to rid myself of my comfort zone or my conveniences HE can make beautiful.

We have to teach our children that our lives are not our own. Our days, our moments are to be used by HIM and for HIM.

I think of the passage:

Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

GOD is always at work around you.  What are the gifts HE's given you. 
What gifts are you trying to mimic after someone else?
What is HE asking you to surrender today to be made perfect for HIS glory? 

HIS Clay~

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  1. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful and convicting. Thank you for being so real. You are such an encouragement to me!

    Blessings, friend!

  2. Beautiful post! Great pictures too! Great encouragement for today!

  3. I so love this post (and you sound so much like me!). I don't want to spend my life wasting my talents because I am busy being envious and ungrateful when I look at the talents others are gifted with. I am glad that it is getting easier as I get older- but I will admit that it is hard for me to realize that there will ALWAYS be somebody better at something than I am- and that that's ok. The best way to be grateful is to use what you are given to glorify Him. Thanks for sharing your heart! Looking forward to reading more!

  4. I really love the message here, Melissa. For a long time I wanted different talents: I wanted to be a musician or a poet. I didn't my skills -- organization and writing -- to be gifts or talents at all. I was blind to my own gifts because I was so focused on envying what was bestowed on others.

  5. Girl - I LOVE this! So from your heart and it is obvious! Sorry it has taken me so long to get to it! But maybe I needed it today ;0) Thanks for linking up!

  6. I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Mostly, that my gifts are a talent or deposit that I can see God grow in my life I' let Him.

    And I am never going to great at most things. But a few I might be!

    Love this! Thanks for linking up!