Discover Your Gifts by Serving
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Evan is our youngest who has gotten used to being drug into things by his older siblings. Last night, Kris and I laughed as we looked through some old pictures. It seems when Evan was around 4, Lacy (and maybe Connor) thought it would be a good idea to dress him in one of Lacy’s pink princess dresses. The expression on his face was priceless. He was NOT happy to be wearing it. He WAS counting the seconds until he could get out of it.
The pictures we laughed at often involved Lacy having a “live doll” to play with. Don’t get me wrong, many times he enjoyed it because it involved playing make believe with his sis, or big brother. One picture was of Connor and Lacy in full colonial attire marching in a parade they happened to wonder into, in Williamsburg. Evan lingered a few steps behind them wearing his normal shirt, jeans…and colonial hat. That was his comfort zone.
Evan has always preferred to be “backstage” with them. Working the crew on a play, when Lacy, and later Connor, appeared out on the stage. Wearing black and watching from the wings was more Evan’s thing. That was his comfort zone.
This year Evan (because of Lacy) was drug, figuratively, kicking and screaming into auditions for a play. He was horrified to get a role…where he would be ON stage. The rehearsals have interfered with his shooting trap and skeet on Thursday nights. He has not been a happy camper. But a strange thing has happened. Evan has formed some new friendships. Through horsing around before, during, or after practice, he and others, have discovered he can sing. The encouragement he has gotten has made him more comfortable with the talent God gave him. It’s never been unusual to walk through the house and hear singing. Lacy has been doing that since she was two. What is unusual is now the singing might be coming from Evan.
Left to himself, Evan would not be rehearsing for his upcoming role ON stage. But because he was willing (maybe reluctantly) to step outside his comfort zone, he has discovered yet another talent God has given him.
I wonder what talents and abilities I might take to my grave? What might never be used, that could further His kingdom? I don’t want to get to Heaven and have God say, “Ted, Ted, Ted….I gave you these three talents. You could have done so much with them…”
I want to be more like Evan, and step outside my comfort zone….
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…(Romans 12:4-6b)