Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's The "Fun" That Fuels Us





We all are gifted in different ways. Some of us can sing flawlessly while others are very good at teaching. Some of us are naturally athletic and yet others can instinctively draw or create.

It’s what makes us unique.

Hopefully, we know what God has gifted us with. Usually, the things we are good at, we enjoy. They are fun for us. A lot of times those very gifts turn into careers. Someone who is good at drawing may illustrate books or become an architect or designer. Someone who can sing may turn that into a professional recording career or teach music lessons. It varies. But somehow, our gifts usually end up becoming an integral part of our lives.

The older we become, I think there is a danger in forgetting what we truly enjoy about what we do. We can become so focused on being “excellent” that we forget what used to be “fun.”  The singer may become so focused on getting all the notes right that they fail to ever use their voice to sing fun songs to children or to hum around the house. The teacher may get stuck in lesson plans and routine and forget how to create and brainstorm new things. The athlete may become focused on times and distances along with weight and health and forget the joy that comes with getting to do something that energizes them.

It happens to all of us.

If we can only remember the fun! It’s the fun that fuels us. The fun that restores and energizes, the fun that often gives us the very perspective we need! True joy comes with true loves. Yet we often squelch it in the quest to elevate ourselves and boost our pride.

It doesn’t really matter how many people think we are great.
  Because that never lasts. What matters is that we are living a life that brings us happiness and are using the gifts that God naturally gave us.

If you’ve lost the joy in some of your natural talents and abilities…be intentional this week about rediscovering them. Dance for the fun of dancing. Sing for the fun of singing. Draw for the fun of drawing. Forget being serious for a minute or two and add the fun back into what you are doing.

That’s when everything truly lines up and feels perfect.

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