My Talent is…
We are currently having a little series for chapel called the Sex & Skinny Tour. There are two wonderful speakers, Nate and Constance. You might think that this is an odd name and because of it you might shy away, but don’t. It’s not something to be afraid of. There are so many people, especially in our culture, that are ashamed of the struggles they have that are connected with sex and being skinny, such as pornography and eating addictions (these are the two topic focuses of our speakers). They have gone through the struggles of these addictions and are willing to speak in the present tense about the temptations that knock at their doors. That is a key to getting through addictions like this, being open to sharing your struggles in the community of believers. Be honest, be open, be loving.
While I don’t have these particular struggles, I do struggle with comparison. I often find myself covetous of what other people own, what they look like, their talents, their friendships, etc. My roommate has a great quote about comparison that she learned at a summer camp she was a counselor at, Gull Lake Ministries. “Comparison is the thief of joy,” by Dwight Edwards. This is so true.
I was recently reading Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper (Great book, you should read it!). He made a good point; before you go comparing yourself or wanting something, ask yourself, “How will this help me treasure Christ more? How will it help me show that I do treasure Christ? How will it help me know Christ or display Christ?” (p.119) When I really stop to think about it, what do I want other people to look at me and admire me for? How much I treasure Christ. I don’t want to be someone who distracts the world from God, but when they see me I want them to be pointed to seeing God’s glory.
It doesn’t matter how amazing the talents are that everyone around me has. I don’t need them. All I need is the talent of giving God the glory. I want to be the best God glorifier ever! haha