Re-Purposed Gifts

“….so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”— Isaiah 55:11

Sometimes life gives you the opportunity to “recycle” or “re-purpose” your gifts.

I was on the phone with my mom the other day. My dad has Alzheimer’s, as many Americans do, and we are experiencing that journey of increased dependence and necessary care for him. My mom was trained decades ago as an RN and though her license is no longer valid, she described the care she has to give him at home each and every day. Without the white clothes and title, she is back in a nursing role. My dad has his own private nurse. How lucky for him!

I spent my young adult years serving in youth ministry, that was what I was trained and gifted to do. Now, years later, with teens of my own, wrinkles, gray hairs, and cheater glasses to see up close, God has shown me a place to serve in my church as a volunteer youth ministry leader. I am helping lead our small but vibrant youth ministry, and loving it!

In grade school I used to write and write. I won awards and got my stories printed in elementary school chronicles. As I went on in years, I used my writing skills in college and the workplace, and now for this blog. God can use that gift too!

I am convinced that God uses, “recycles”, or “re-purposes” our gifts, our experiences, our skill sets, our passions, in His plan for this world. Though we may move on to other things and the years go by, it’s amazing to see how opportunities can pop up here and there for us to pursue the things we are gifted at. Those gifts never die, they may be used in different places, they are like another facet of ourselves, much like a diamond that shines no matter which way you turn it. Still the same diamond, but different sides.

God’s Word and work in this world does not return to Him empty. He finds ways to use and re-use our experiences, gifts, talents, and skills. We just have to be open to it. How might He be calling you to re-purpose some of your gifts today? Be open. Pray. And follow where He is calling. It’s both a blessing and a joy!

Prayer: “God of all gifts, nothing returns to you empty. Open my eyes to your vast, perfect, and marvelous plan. Use my skills and gifts to the fullest. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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