Mark R. Shaw’s book helps us understand that God is Lord over all our gifts--career, leisure, and relationships.

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” Jesus said. “…and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.”  Matthew 14:18-19

I disliked college English, but I like writing, enough. And Mr. Fromer, who taught me how to write term papers, kept me interested. When it came time to take electives to round out my credits, I was drawn back to the English Department to take creative writing. That was fun.

Near the end of the term—after pulling off some solid B+ work—my instructor Mrs. DeVette asked me my major, and I told her communications.  She responded, “Oh, then you will have plenty of opportunity to write in your career.”  At first I thought she was nuts. I had only two writing courses under my belt, and both in her department..

But her comments stuck with me. As I found my way to graduate school and on to teach at a university, writing became expected of me, and I loved it. I still do.

Applying my budding skills might be like the boy with fish and bread who helped out Jesus on that Galilean countryside. I wonder if he made that lunch.  Literally. Maybe he baked that bread or perhaps he caught those fish.  Maybe he was a budding baker and fisher. If that were the case, then it’s a great example of using aptitudes to be in the position to love people. 

What abilities do you have, and have you loved others with them? Have you given your head, hands, and heart to God for his purposes?  Are you ready to love others through your baking, fishing or writing?  

Dear God, thank you for abilities you grant me in grace. Help me see their potential to serve people around me.

Take Action 

Figure out some way to use your skills to help others in a way that is novel and refreshing.



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