There are a plethora of things that I find pleasure doing in my leisure time. I enjoy writing, thus this post. I find joy while gardening, decorating or creating repurposed home decor. I also am happy while singing. I have become convicted that God has given me these passions not to satisfy my own interests. I should use them to bring Him glory and to be a blessing to others.
A person does not have to be complicated to make an impact on others. I have often felt that my skills and interests were too insignificant to be meaningful or have an effect on others. This couldn’t be further from the truth. God has used many people through the years that had simple gifts coupled with great faith that made a remarkable difference in the lives of others.
Fred Rogers is an example of how God used talent in a simple, yet meaningful way. His famous quote was “It is better to be simple and deep than to be complicated and shallow.” His simple yet loving words impacted a whole generation of children through his famous public television program Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. He told children daily for years “You are special just as you are.” Many people do not know that he was an ordained Presbyterian minister who chose his pulpit to be through television.
I suggest that you make your abilities known to others. You never know when you might be called upon to use them. Recently, I have been involved in some gardening and decorating projects at my church. It is truly satisfying to use gifts to inspire others and make a difference for the kingdom of God.
You don’t necessarily have to have an artistic talent. God has given each one of us a unique ability. You could be a good cook and could serve others in a community kitchen outreach program. You might be a good organizer and could help put together articles for donation for those that are less fortunate. If you enjoy talking to others you could reach out by telephoning those that are lonely or shut-in at your church. Whatever you enjoy doing is the key to what you are good at. Why not think of ways that God can use you to serve others? The possibilities are endless.