Over the course of my life I’ve always been involved in a church one way or another. As a kid and youth my family was very active in a local congregation. I even ended up getting married to a gal who was active in church ministry. As we have started to build a family we realize the importance of being an active participant in a congregation. Over the years through my involvement in churches one of my favorite passages from the Bible has become 1 Peter 4:10 “each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”.
Through the years my gifts have changed, as a kid my gift was to play in the dirt with my trucks and be care free, which ended up driving my mom crazy because she had to give me a bath and do the laundry afterwards. As a youth member I believed my gift was to test the patience of my youth leaders, but I also got to serve the greater world by going on a couple mission trips. As an adult I have served in variety of gift giving ways in the church. Currently I have been using my gifts as 1st Pres Audio/Visual technology leader for the past six years.
When I was first asked to take over the Audio/Visual stuff on Sunday mornings it was a pretty easy job, not much skill or gift was needed. Show up ten minutes before the service, press a few buttons and go home. Over the years as the church has grown, evolved, developed and remodeled, the job has become much more skilled and elaborate. It’s a job I get to use my God given gifts at weekly, and I get to do it for the bigger body of Christ.
If I look back at my faith journey I realize God has provided me with so many gifts. I’ll admit some of the time I have probably used them wrong but because of the Grace of Christ, it has strengthen me. What are some of your gifts? How are you using them today? Are they the same as they were 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago? I always like to look back on where I have been and try to see if I used my gifts to the fullest potential. How do you know you are using your gifts to fulfill Gods Glory and serve the greater body?
As I close out, I wanted to take a second to say thank you. For the past six years I have been serving as the tech lead for all the Audio/Video needs of the Church. Thank you for letting me use my gifts to serve you on Sunday mornings and for trusting me with your financial gifts to make a lot of upgrades to our systems. It has been a blessing to be a part of an amazing church staff, with an incredible leader. But as my personal and professional life changes it is time for me to move on and to use my gifts elsewhere in the church. So, starting at the end of May, I will no longer be manning the sound board Sunday mornings. I know that God has a plan for me and my family. This church is our home and I have no plans to leave. I look forward to discovering new things and possible different gifts I can offer the church, I plan to do some volunteering and serve on some different committees. I encourage everyone to get involved in some way in the church, it’s a great way to discover a gift or to use one you already know exists. Thank you!