Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.1 Peter 4:10 (CEV)
In case you’re new to the blog, or just catching up, you need to know that I never liked that whole LOL thing, so I made up my own acronym: LIM (laughing inside myself). I’m not gonna lie. I thought LIM was my big chance to make a difference in the world. I mean, I have lots of ideas, but this one was truly genius. I made a Facebook page for it and everything. I was well on my way to world domination. In no time at all, LIM had been liked by 1,129 people. Even though that’s smaller than the population of the local high school, I still felt somewhat accomplished. 1,129 would surely be 1,129,000 by nightfall. I had fans LIMing in 7 different countries, spanning the globe.
Then the bottom fell out. Maybe Mike Miller had just dunked on LeBron James in practice or something, I don’t know. But one horrible day, Dwayne Wade decided he would no longer LOL, and he tweeted about it. Thus, just 2 months after LIM began, L2MS (laughing to myself) was born. I can’t blame the guy. If Mike Miller had just dunked over LeBron, that’s probably not something you can LOL about and still get passed to when the next game rolls around. It probably doesn’t even matter that, technically, L2MS has one too many letters. He’s Dwayne Wade, so in terms of world domination, his acronym automatically trumps mine.
There have been other things. Awesomtastic could probably be at least as popular as LIM if I hustled and gave the word the proper global attention it deserves, but the whole D-Wade thing left a bitter taste in my mouth. I could throw all my energy into awesomtastic, and then suddenly one day, some curly-locked kid in the latest boy band sings a song with the lyrics, “You don’t know you’re beautastic,” and I’m done.
It’s like that one nightmare I had where I bought some Asics and a couple of gel packs and signed up to run in the White Rock Marathon. Aside from the fact that there is no tennis shoe on the market that would enable me to run farther than 3 miles (on my most sprightly day), and the other fact that in the last 25 years I’ve never actually run farther than that distance anyway, I had that Kenyan to contend with. Why even do the thing? Shouldn’t we all just watch him, instead? I was in way over my head.
Maybe that’s what happened to those lackluster folks at Laodicea. They had dreams once. They wanted to make a difference. They wanted to open up a coffee shop, and the small group concept was already on the table to discuss at the next business meeting, but then word came that Ephesus had Life Groups and Corinth had Jehovah Java. Forget it.
Let’s face it; we struggle with feelings of inferiority. Plenty of us give up before we ever get started. I’m not talking about committees, nursery duty, and the week formerly known as VBS, either. I’m talking about the daily use of the gifts that God has given us to reach the world for Christ. We do not know how we are gifted, we focus on our inadequacies, or we simply do not think it is our responsibility. Maybe we think it’s better that we leave it to the D-Wades of the faith.
If we think that, we’re wrong. And we need to stop comparing. The same God that leads guys like David Platt and Francis Chan to speak truth into the lives of thousands of people leads you and me to serve and affect the world far beyond the power of our own ability to do so (1 Cor. 12:4-7).
Your service and gifts may not be as admired as say, that cute little Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, but they cannot be trumped by anyone. The Holy Spirit isn’t pouring all His efforts to reach the world into a few really awesomtastic people. His power is limitless, and He can use you, too.
Do you struggle with feelings of inferiority when it comes to using your spiritual gifts?