Your Personality Reveals Purpose
“Were all your experiences wasted? I hope not!” (Galatians 3:4 NCV)
RAMBLINGS from Connor’s dad – God was not lacking on creativity when He made our three kids. Connor and his two siblings are all very distinct in how He wired them. One is not better then the other. In fact, as a unit, they work very well together because of each one’s unique talents and gifts.
In the early years of their lives, they enjoyed having friends around in a busy neighborhood. They were constantly playing in a vacant lot across the street. The property had previously been a gun club and that area cleared. The only things growing on the lot along with the grass were three young pine trees. That piece of dirt will forever be known as the “3 Trees”. Many a day was spent there. At least one tooth was lost there. Countless clothes were dirtied there. I look back at that innocent time and thank God for the experiences and friends He gave them.
These past 10 years we have lived on a few acres with no kids close by. The kids were forced to play with each other more, taking turns doing each other’s interest du jour. Through those experiences they have sung, acted, jumped, burned things (most of the time with our permission), hid, been chased, shot, swam, and swung.
Living outside of a neighborhood has given them the opportunity to be hosts when we have people and events here. They’ve assisted in parking cars, cleaning before and after the party, greeting people at the door, introducing themselves to adults, and occasionally performing.
They have also had the opportunity to go to other lands and regions on mission trips. They’ve played with those who have almost nothing, yet were happy. They have held little ones in nasty bug infested projects in Colombia. They have gone out with us late at night and given hot chocolate and bread to homeless Piranha Boys in Peru. They have painted homes in the hot summer in West Virginia.
I pray as they grow older they will look back and be able to draw from those experiences. Through those experiences, I am hoping they will be able to better serve God in whatever He has lined up for them. I know it has had a major impact on this old dad….
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. (Galatians 6:4-5)