If I’m honest, I’ve recently started to realize what I can do. I say what I can do and not what my purpose is. See, God has gifted me to do a lot of things. Seriously, not to toot my horn, but when I think of the things I’m gifted and talented in, I wonder how could I possibly do them all or even focus, or have the means to do one. And it’s not just me, he created us all with several gifts. I’m sure some of you reading this right now can sing, dance, cook, draw, sew, create or build things. Those are great gifts from a great God. Not everyone can do “all the things”, but you can do one or two of the things at some point in life.
There was a time as an elementary school girl, growing up I wanted to be an ice-skater. I received rollerblades for Christmas a couple of years and I thought i was Kristi Yamaguchi! I practiced, taught myself how to do turns, swirls and skate backwards; I was ready for the olympics. Then, I realized I could run really fast, so I spent part of elementary, middle and some of high-school in track and field. I could go on and on about the things I’m talented to do, but looking back up until now, I can see that each season I went through, my talents and gifts had a reason and purpose at that time. Not to say that we will never circle back to the things we love doing, sometimes it takes time to develop, spiritually, mentally or maybe even physically, or sometimes they were only for that season.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
The gifts I’ve had for the past almost fifteen years developed just like skating and running did. It took some months to develop, then some years for me to get a hang of it. Honestly I’m still getting a hang of it. Not perfect by no means! Unlike my other gifts I received, I can’t put these away. I can’t say, “I’ll come back when I get older to try those things again.” I can’t give up on them, I can’t throw them out. I actually have to stick it out. I want to do more than “stick it out” though. I want to cultivate my gift of being a mother and lead my daughters into a Kingdom driven life that will have seasons of plenty gifts and talents, but also seasons of waits and not nows. This is my season now, and so many mothers reading this, your season is blessed with the gift of being a mother or daughter to take care of parents; or you may even be single and in a season of waiting. While you wait, what gifts and talents can you do right now that God has blessed you with?
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
When my youngest daughter asked if she could be a mom when she grows up for her job, I couldn’t have been more prouder. I said, “Yes you can be a mom when you grow up!” You can also run track, because she’s fast (like her mama) :), be in politics, because she debates EVERYTHING! Or, have a show on HGTV because she organizes like nobody’s business! So whatever season the Lord has you in, that’s when you’ll know what you can do. Each season brings change, whether good or bad, change is always needed. I want my daughters to know that no matter what season of life you’re in, the Lord will equip you to do what you can do with your gifts and talents he’s given you, and just because you aren’t doing the thing that most people may think you should be doing, doesn’t mean you’re doing anything less. It just may not be the time.
When we depend and trust in the Lord, we know the time. We know when it’s time to move on to other gifts. We know when it’s time to say, “okay, I’ve accomplished this thus far, Lord where are you leading me now?” So don’t feel as if you’re giving up on things, take your gifts and run with them until the Lord changes your season.
For His Glory,