If you've ever felt insufficient, read this

When you were little, did you ever want to be Hannah Montana? Or maybe you wanted to be Serena Williams. Did people ever ask you what sort of super power you would want? Or if you were stuck on an island, what food you would want to bring with you, no strings attached?

You know what each of these ideas has in common? A want. An inherent want or desire to obtain something we don’t have.

When I was younger, well, still today, I always wanted to be able to sing. I tried, I tried so hard. Props to Gretchen for listening to me wail like a dying donkey through all those church choir practices and bless your heart to my choir director who let me be a cantor once (key word: once, probably out of pity honestly).

Anyways, the point is, we all want something, we want to be something that we aren’t. Maybe some of us want to be athletic, or brainier than we are, conversational, artsy, creative, strategic, or musically-inclined.

I’ve always been so jealous of those who could sing, especially as I’m driving home in rush hour traffic, belting the words to my Ben Rector or NEEDTOBREATHE and I sound like I literally can’t breathe.

But the thing that I have come to realize, or more so, accept, is that we all have talents, gifts, and jobs to do here.

It’s someone else’s job to string together the notes of my favorite worship songs, and it’s my job to sit here and string together the words to explain that to you, as you are living your life, doing what you do best.

Does this mean that I stop singing at the top of my lungs, or praising God with the not-so-melodious voice He did give me? Does this mean I give up and stop trying? Absolutely not. I just leave the professional work to, well, the professionals. Just because you don’t feel like its your niche, doesn’t mean that you kick it to the curb, throw it in your backpack and use it when you need it.

Jesus picked you to have the gifts, the charisms that you have, that you rock, and don’t worry if you don’t think you know what yours is yet, He will reveal in His time.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 tells us this:

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice. Or gives a word of wisdom.; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. Or gives a word of knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.

We find joy in other’s gifts, peace in some others, and inspiration in the next. It is important that we don’t let envy, anger, or jealousy cloud our hearts and eyes when we gaze upon the works that Christ is doing through someone else.

My sisters, we have to work together because we have work to do!

We were given the task of being the hands and feet of Jesus! Do you realize what that means? We—you and me—are the hands and feet—the things that help someone do something—of Jesus Christ—in case you need a refresher: son of God, fully human, fully divine, died for you, yeah, that guy. He needs us. He needs us to understand how much we mean to Him, how much He needs us to do the plan He created for us.

Because are we all just like the apostles? Are we all like the prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the same athletic capabilities? Do we all have the mind that sees art on a blank canvas? Do we all have the mind that allows us to solve the hardest math problems with ease? Do we all have the ability to interpret new languages? Of course not! But you do possess the gifts that God wanted you to have, and that is the only thing that matters, my beautiful sister. You, you are exactly the way that the creator of sunsets and starry nights wanted you to be. I hope that brings you peace, sweet girl.

endless love,

erika marie

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