God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
Last month there was a viral video making its way around the internet about a 20-year-old young man who became famous for simply doing his job. This young man, Jordan, a grocery stocker, happened to notice a boy standing nearby watching him arrange beverages in a display case. Thinking the young man wanted to reach an item from the shelf, Jordan stepped aside so the kid could grab what he wanted. The boy, who is autistic, merely stood silently watching Jordan.
After a few minutes Jordan asked the boy if he’d like to help him arrange the cartons and then showed the boy what to do. For the next 30 minutes or so, the two worked in tandem with little or no conversation.
The autistic young man’s father recorded the entire exchange and his daughter later posted it on Facebook. The dad later commented, “He could have ignored him. He could have made an excuse and said he couldn’t allow him to help. Instead, he let him have his moment and in turn gave my family a moment we will never forget.”
The autistic boy’s sister added, “It might seem like nothing to others, but as you can hear my dad say in the video, [‘I’m watching a miracle in action’].” (By Michelle Gant | Fox News)
Jordan was likely doing what came naturally to him: being kind to a stranger. Without knowing much about Jordan, one would have to assume that kindness was ingrained in him – part of his personality DNA … a natural gift.
If you are a Christ follower, we ALL have been given gifts by the Creator. These gifts define our personality and give us a purpose for serving God and our fellow man. Perhaps you aren’t entirely sure what your gift or purpose is. Whether you know it or not, you’ve got that special something that God has uniquely given to you. Our God-given gifts are as individual as we are!
If you are struggling to know what God created you for, then I recommend that you make a point to be part of our church-wide 40-day campaign, where we will learn, “What on Earth Am I Here For?”
This is a study based on Rick Warren’s best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, and could potentially change your life. The 40-day campaign is set to begin the weekend of September 22-23. Every small group will be participating in this 40-day study.
If you are currently without a small group, it’s very easy to find one. You can sign up in the information center during weekend services or you can find a group online. If you’re like me and shy and introverted, small groups can seem overwhelming or intimidating. That’s a great reason to find a friend to join a group with you! Step out of your comfort zone and find a group that suits your individual needs.
I promise there will be a group out there that will fit YOU. You won’t be sorry and hopefully after the 40 days, you’ll discover that thing that you’ve been searching for … why YOU ARE HERE … and what YOUR purpose is in God’s kingdom!
Blessings in Christ,