Engaging in the Amazing Life

A few days after committing my life to God I felt not only peaceful but angry.  I know pretty strange.

God filled me with his peace but I was also ticked because going to church as a child most of what I heard seemed irrelevant.  Of course maybe I just wasn’t listening.  But I wasted years chasing dead ends trying to find happiness.

It finally took someone outside of that church to tell me the secret.  And I thought, “Why?”

Shortly after this, I was invited by a friend to audition for a college age singing group that toured spreading the message of God’s love.

That I was accepted was God’s second miracle in my life.  The other members were all great singers.  I faked it well.

But I shared regularly about how God changed my life apart from organized religion and it became part of my life focus.

I’ve worked in three separate careers but realize I was always moving towards that focus.  I built my current practice in a way so I could eventually carve out time to strategically minister.

Yet frankly, I’ve often prayed, “God why me?  So many others are way more talented.  I’m definitely not the most qualified.”

But the passion continues to burn and I use my meager gifts as a gift to God and others.   And through it all he has blessed me incredibly.  Certainly I struggle every day with challenges like everyone else.  But I also see his power in amazing ways.

What Paul writes resonates with me, “When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities.” (Ephesians 3: 8 MSG)

Paul by his own description was far from the most qualified.  But he was the most willing.  And God through him changed the world.

 

God often uses the least qualified but the most willing.  And they’re the ones who experience his amazing life.

 

What God given gifts do you focus on to engage in the amazing life?