I have been given a Purpose

Purpose Beyond Talent: A Guest Post by Dana Romanin

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

I’m going to let you in on a little secret—I’m not a good writer. Well, at least not a good technical writer. My grammar is less than desirable. Commas totally confuse me. I won’t even mention semi-colons; they just plain frighten me. And I don’t even think I’m all that smart. The simplest thing can throw me for a complete loop. Ask anyone that knows me, I give off a “duh” vibe quite often. Of course, that may be because my mind is off in a world of make-believe most of the time. And that, my friend, is why God has chosen me to write, because that way He gets all the glory.

I know He has purpose for me in this writing adventure beyond anything I could ever imagine. Things I could never do in my own strength or knowledge. Look at Moses, he was a murderer and a bad public speaker, but God used him to lead His people out of Egypt to freedom. The Bible is full of examples of how God uses average people to do amazing things. Don’t even get me started on David, Peter, Paul, etc. The list could go on forever.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m getting better at recognizing punctuation errors (except those I may have missed in this post). God has and will continue to give me the tools I need to accomplish His purpose for me. For example, He’s guided me to Grammar Girl.  She has counseled me through many a confusing punctuation rule. So whenever I feel totally perplexed by a dangling participle (I still haven’t quite figured that one out. I think it has something to do with having a bad cold), I remember that God’s in control. His purpose is far greater than mine and as long as I follow Him I’ll be a success. Of course, that success may look differently than I imagined it would, but that’s a whole other post.

Dana lives in a small town in Virginia with rolling hills, mountains, cows, and the occasional peacock. Ever since she was a little girl she’s wanted to make God smile. Back then she read Him jokes from her 101 Bug Jokes book before going to bed. Now she wants to make Him smile by making others smile. Her true passion is to inspire teens to follow God. She enjoys writing young adult novels and serving as a youth group leader. She has three kids and a wonderful husband who all make her smile. You can find her at www.DanaRomanin.com