Ok, so in reading this mornings devotional it got me thinking(as it should). In Girl Scouts I am always telling my troop that we all have very different and very amazing abilities. Each one is different and when working together we can make a huge difference. Yet in my own life I sometimes feel it is necessary for me to learn how to do something that I am clearly not good at.
Let’s take braiding hair. I can not braid hair, even if my life depended on it. I’m always told how easy it is. Well, for me such a simple task is difficult…which bunch of hair did I just put over or was it under??? Okay, I think you get the picture.
But the reality is my girls are perfectly content with their unbraided hair. They thrive and survive all day long with their beautiful unbraided hair and I can do many other things that the other braiding mom’s just can not do. Maybe it’ll all make sense when I take the Knots and Latching class for my Girl Scout Troop but if that never happens, I’m okay with that.
Here’s the daily devotional that started these crazy thoughts of braiding hair.
Your Abilities are God’s Map for your life
by Rick Warren
“May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him.” (Hebrews 13:21 NLT)
Once upon a time, there were some animals that wanted to start a school for animals. They decided the courses would include running, climbing, swimming, and flying. Then they decided that all of the animals should take all of the courses.
That’s where the problem started. The duck was better than his teacher at swimming, but he only made passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. So they made him drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his webbed feet to be badly worn, and his grade dropped to average in swimming. But everybody felt less threatened and more comfortable with that — except the duck.
The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but because of so much make-up work in swimming, he caught pneumonia and had to drop out of school. The squirrel showed outstanding ability in climbing, but he was extremely frustrated in flying class because the teacher insisted that he start from the ground up rather than the treetop down. He developed Charlie horses from over-extension, so he only got a “C” in climbing and a “D” in running. The eagle was the problem student and was disciplined for being a nonconformist. For instance, in climbing class, he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but he insisted on flying to get there. Finally, because he refused to participate in swimming class, he was expelled.
The point is that God has designed specific animals to excel in specific areas, and he doesn’t expect them to do all the other things. When you expect everybody to fit in the same mold, all you’re going to get is frustration, discouragement, mediocrity, and failure. A duck is made to be a duck and not something else.
And you were made to be you. God has given you unique abilities, and he wants you to use them the way he intended.
Your abilities are the map to God’s will for your life. It points the direction. When you know what you’re good at, then you can know what God wants you to do with your life.