Not long ago, I overheard someone on TV talking about their singing, a talent pursued with the hope of becoming the best in the world.
My first thought: “Wow, that’s ambitious.”
My second thought: “Where does this leave the billions of people who cannot be the best?”
Since I fall into the “not the best” category, my mind mulled this over for several days. I wondered why we would strive for such a goal. Fame? Money? Ego boosting? This would explain the popularity of Guinness World Records. Maybe that’s why one would shoot for the record of most spoons balanced on the face, or most shirts worn at one time?
God doesn’t care if the world knows my name, or if I earn enough money to buy a private island. And my lagging self-confidence only matters if it hinders my ability to share God’s word.
I’ve written about my struggles recognizing my gift(s) and God’s calling, so I won’t go there today. God’s ministry is like a Broadway musical. Not everyone can have a leading role, just like not everyone can be the best. We may not get center stage, but God’s calling gives us the opportunity to bask in a different kind of spotlight.
Oddly enough, when I think about wanting better talents, Tinker Bell (the movie) comes to mind. Here’s part of the summary from Amazon:
“Tinker Bell thinks her fairy talent as a tinker isn’t as special or important as the other fairies’ talents. But when Tink tries to change who she is, she creates nothing but disaster! With encouragement from her friends, Tink learns the key to solving her problems lies in her unique tinker abilities and discovers that when she’s true to herself, magical things can happen.”
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the Same God works all of them in all men.” (I Corinthians 12:4-6)
I pray that we may all be content with being the best “us” we can be, even if we aren’t the best in the world. Have a beautiful Sunday!