Chapter-a-Day Exodus 36

The_5th_grade_playMoses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab along with all whom God had gifted with the ability to work skillfully with their hands. The men were eager to get started and engage in the work. Exodus 36:2 (TM)

I was in the 5th grade and my homeroom teacher, Mrs. Schwartz, had an original play and musical for our mixed 5th and 6th grade class to perform for parents, teachers and everyone else in the school. There were no auditions for this production. Mrs. Schwartz was running a benevolent dictatorship as producer, director and accompanist. She doled out the parts and I was surprised to find myself in the lead role across from Jill Phillips. But, rather than being nervous or scared, I was jazzed. I memorized my lines and it wasn’t hard at all. I got up there in front of all those parents and teachers and it felt good. I wasn’t even nervous that I had to hold Jill Phillip’s hand and pretend I liked her! It was the first time that I ever remember feeling a sense that I could do something well and really enjoyed it.

Whether it’s acting, teaching, lecturing, or preaching – I love to be up in front of groups of people communicating. I love doing it, and I know I do it well. I’ve known it since that first 5th grade performance.

There are things that most of us absolutely love to do. Coincidentally, most of the things we love to do happen to be the things at which we are skilled. When you combine purpose to passion and ability, it’s a winning combination for everyone. It’s no wonder Bezalel and Oholiab were eager to get started. They were doing what they were skilled at doing, they were doing what they loved to do, and now they were doing it with the utmost purpose: for God’s temple.

What do you love to do? What is it that you do well?

Do it for God.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and coolcatteacher

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