When I hear people belt out the most beautiful melodies from their voices, filling a room with the sounds of angels, I want to be able to sing. When I watch as two individuals extend their limbs into perfect lines, telling a story through their fingertips, I, too, wish I could dance.
Sometimes I see how God has gifted others and forget that He has given me a gift, as well: I can write. Now when I say that I can write, I offer this idea humbly, as I realize that I may never have a best-selling novel and am well-aware of my limitations. However, I have always been blessed that, if an idea enters my head, I can turn that idea into a piece of writing.
When I was in school, I could turn out an essay in a relatively short amount of time. I would jot down the supporting details and page numbers I wanted to use from the book or poem on which I was writing, write a first draft, proofread it once, and then print. I rarely did multiple drafts, but more often than not, I made an ‘A’.
I never realized how lucky I was to have the ability to express my thoughts on paper until I started teaching. I would watch as some students struggled to get the ideas from their head and turn them into sentences, and no matter the suggestions I gave, for some students writing would always be a challenge.
This past year has contained many challenges, yet writing has given me a joy. When my mind feels clouded with angst due to struggles I am having parenting or when obstacles in my path cause me to trip, I find a great release after I type out a few words on my laptop. When a current event is bothering me and I can’t wait to talk about it until Matt gets home, I write a blog and enjoy the adult conversation that follows. And when I struggle with praying and can’t get my mind to focus, the sentiments swirling around in my soul find focus and meaning when I write them to God instead.
There are many talents in this world of which I could be envious, but God did not leave me empty-handed. He gave me a talent that I can use to enjoy and to improve as a person and to offer as a gift to others who may benefit from the words that I write.
And He did not leave you empty-handed, either. Our gifts may be different, and you may like mine while I envy yours, but God made each of us the way we are for a reason. Whether you can strike up a conversation with a stranger and make him feel like he’s known you for years, or you can whip together the most scrumptious meal to offer the new family next door, you have a talent that you can use for good.
For this Focus on it Friday, what gift can you thank God for giving you? Take a moment and think about the talent God gave you, and share your thanks for it (or for anything this week for which you are thankful) with Him and in the comment section if you’re willing. What a blessing to be able to say, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139: 14)!