A while ago, I was working with a relatively large conference who were having quite a lot of coffee breaks (which I had to set up and clear away for) and I had to watch over the Audio-visual aspect of the meeting.  One lady was surprised at how many different things I was doing and commented “Jack of all trades!” I replied with a smile- “Yeah and master of none!”

I don’t know about you, but as I grew up, I was always troubled with the question “What am I good at?” Then when you think you are the best at something, someone comes along and makes you feel inferior as they are even better! (normally your brother, sister or close friend so you can’t hate them too much!)  One thing I remember being good at was spelling, I could spell “miscellaneous” and had the spelling age of a 15 year old at the age of 10!  But that unfortunately doesn’t translate directly into a vocational skill! 😦

I was reading a passage from Exodus 35 and it spoke about the different skills of the labourers that were needed to build the tent/tabernacle to give the high priests somewhere to meet with God, amongst the details of the precise measurements, materials etc (which I always struggle to get my head around), it mentioned two men who were so skilled in different crafts that they almost built the tent/tabernacle by themselves only getting help from those who they taught!

This reminds me of my son, I probably cannot claim that I taught him to drum, but when he was a baby I used to (gently) hold his arms and “drum” with him.  At the age of 4 he was able to play 3/4, 4/4 and “paradiddle”!  Those terms don’t mean a lot to non-musicians but I thought it was pretty amazing!  He has a natural ability to drum, having a double dose from both sides of his family! Yesterday, he was even trying to teach his sister to play, which was pretty interesting! He loves to read and I walked to a room last week and found him reading an Enid Blyton book out loud, last night he was reading Philip Pullmans “Dark Materials” and he is only 6 years old!

I realised in my first year of high school, that I have an ability to pick up languages easily, especially as we were tested on our language skills with Swedish (I think it was anyway, it is a pretty logical language!) and I have noticed that there is a big desire in “evangelical” churches to want the ability to “speak in tongues”, for a long while I thought (maybe) although I could not do it in the “gobbledygook” way others did, maybe the ability to pick up languages was that gift! But when I actually went to get prayer to receive the “gift of tongues“, and said what I was thinking, I suddenly realised how stupid that idea was!

We all have gifts, as I have said a lot of times! But how and do we use them is the question?! I was listening to the radio yesterday and it was talking about discovering the path God has for you, I have always struggled with that, as whenever an obstacle gets in the way whether its doubt, someone telling me “I don’t think this path is right for you!” or things just don’t seem to be going the way I thought that they would, I do not know whether to persevere or turn and try a different route (I probably have said that before too!)

Whenever I looked at my small Gideons “new testament and psalms” bible that I was given at 11yrs old, and looked up “looking for work/unemployed” in the “verses for life” index, I found Colossians 3:17 which says:-

“Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.”

I always thought “that’s not very helpful!” But it should be out attitude at all times!  Having worked most of my life in jobs where I have served the “general public”, I am fully aware of the frustrations people get, with awkward customers and the insane ideas/decisions by those in management! It is easy to start feeling like you want to be a jobsworth, if you feel unappreciated or “got at”!

What I am now wondering is if it is possible to do everything to “the glory of God”?

  • If you are in business, how hard is it to be honest when you have messed up with a customers order?
  • If you are a customer how hard is it to take a second to not be overly critical and impatient with the customer service team of a company?
  • If you are having a bad day, do you take it out on the waiter/shop assistant/customer?

I will finish with a link for a great song by the Newsboys- My friend Jesus– what if everyone was like him?

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