Soar or Shipwreck

“Some have…suffered the shipwreck of their faith.” I Timothy 1:19

I just read about a 3rd grade teacher who gave a challenge to her students. Each year she would bring into her classroom some mud and a little straw. She gave a portion to each of her students. Their eyes shone for what little one—or big one for that matter—doesn’t like to play in mud? There was, of course, a lesson to be learned.

Next, the teacher showed her students examples of nests made by real birds. Then she turned the students loose to make their own nests with the mud and straw that she had given them. As the story goes, none of the students made a nest as well as the birds! Even though the nests didn’t make the grade of the expertise of nest making that the bird’s nests displayed, the teacher explained that each of them had abilities of their own to discover and use for the greater good of all.

The 23rd Psalm reads: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Vs 1 NLT) And Isaiah writes: “those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength, they will sour on wings like eagles,” (40:31)

The point I am trying to make is this:–God knows who you are—He knew you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5) and He knows your every need. He has given you special abilities not for your own edification, but to enhance the lives of those to whom He calls you. Don’t think that you cannot do this or that. If you have an urge to create, to paint, to speak, to write, to reach out and touch the less fortunate; then perhaps God is calling you to those things. And if God is calling you, then He has provided you with everything you need to accomplish the goal net before you.

One last thing, these gifts—abilities, talents—were not bestowed upon you for your own edification, but for the good of all as you share them. Do not boast of what you can do, but share your testimony of what God has done through you and will do the same for others, as well. For you see, God created mankind in His own image; He blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.: (Genesis 1:27-28) Our gifts and talents are given to us to make this life productive, joyous, and a blessings for all. He takes great pleasure in watching us sore like eagles. He is greatly saddened by those who are shipwrecked. Which are you? How well can you make the nest?

Father, You continue to challenge me. Make me up to the challenge. You love to see your children soar like eagles. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen


“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

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Betty Beach-Connell

Retired UM pastor now author. I have published 2 books--Embracing The Call (God will take you to places you never imagined) and Through the Storm ("Medications" for the soul). You may visit and read more about me on my web site RevBetty.com.

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