Where should I begin…..?
So, in college I was constantly surrounded by people who had “awe inspiring talent.” Like, they literally caused my jaw to drop at how talented they were. When they would open their mouths to sing, grab the guitar, sit at the piano, or put the horn up to their lips to play people in the room would drop whatever they were doing and just listen. I was surrounded by people who were so talented that when they started doing their “thing” people were captivated by it.
I remember having conversations with my friends that would go something like this,
Person A – “Dude! He is amazing! If I only had a fraction of his talent then that would still leave enough room to be great!
Person B – “Yeah man, I am pretty sure he just tanked up on soft drinks and cheese right before he started singing and he still sounds like an angel.”
A few weeks ago…or so, my wife and I were at a Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes Worship Night. Kari and Cody have recently been married so they had a ton of family there. Before the night officially started Cody came out and played a few songs. Just him, his guitar, and his voice. It was amazing. Like totally awe inspiring. I leaned over to my wife and said “Man, if I was half as talented as this guy I would still be good because he is blowing my mind right now.” She responded with “Couple things. Man. I’m not a man.” Just kidding, she didn’t say that but it would have been hilarious if she did 🙂
She said something to the effect of, “You are good at what you do. God has blessed you with passion and talent. And you continue to serve God in what you are passionate about and cultivating the talents he has given you.”
My response, “………..(flat-line)”
It was in that moment that I realized, that I spend so much time thinking about how amazing everyone else is that I COMPLETELY overlook the way that God has blessed me and my life. It was in that moment that I realized that God’s blessing wasn’t enough for me. I wanted more. I was jealous. I want the voice he has. I want to be able to write music like he writes. The list goes on and on and on, etc.
So, today, I would encourage you to pause for a minute and consider the way that God has blessed you or maybe the way that he has gifted you and remember that God loves you and created you in a specific way for a specific reason, He gives everyone passions and talents according to his good pleasure and his plan. So, yes, that means that other people will be able to do things that you simply cannot do, but that also means that you will be able to do things that others can’t do. I think God designed is like this on purpose because He wants us to be in community with each other. I need you and you need me. The sooner we all get rid of the “I can do everything on my own” the better because God did not design us to live apart from one another. He designed us to be in close relationship with one another and to need each other.
1 Corinthians 12:27
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.