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

 

I am God's Workmanship

Skilled to do His Work

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“He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet [thread], and fine linen, and of the weaver–those who do every work and those who design artistic works.” Exodus 35:35, NKJV

Thinking about God’s workmanship, my mind went back to a Beth Moore study I’d gone through several years ago. A study in wisdom, she taught mostly from the Proverbs, but I distinctly recall going to this passage during her teaching—because what she pointed out stuck.

Earlier, in chapter 31, God had shown Moses a man who He had “filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all [manner of] workmanship . . .” Workmanship, as in artisan skills. God continued to tell Moses that He’d equipped others with skills to do the work He’d appointed to the people of Israel—they were master-craftsman, skilled to create the tabernacle God was instructing Moses to build.

Beth Moore proposed this question: How did that happen? Recall that these people had been enslaved, and now were wandering the desert, following a cloud. Wow. God had given them skills beyond their natural capacity to do the work He’d appointed. That’s amazing.

You know what I love even more, though? The skills weren’t reserved for the teachers–for the pastors, missionaries, the theologians and biblical scholars. These craftsman brought glory to God with the work of their creative gifts—their artistry. I find my heart burgeoning at that, because I’m not Paul, the great missionary. I’m not Luther, the theologian who changed the world. I’m not gifted as a speaker, and I’m not (as much as I wish I could be) Mrs. Beth Moore.

But I can write. I can tell a story, and weave a plot—not because I’m so extraordinary all by myself. God lovingly endowed me with that gift, that artistry. And I can use it to point to His glory. It is the skill He has granted to me to do His work.

What is yours?

I have no lack

Looking for Satisfaction in All the Wrong Places

For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.  Colossians 2:9-10

Too often, I live my life as though this was not true.  I walk about discouraged, disappointed and wishing there was something more to make me happier.  And when I’m in that frame of mind, the “something more” is never God himself.  It’s something tangible — a different situation, more time to write, a published book.  “I lack these things, God.  Please give them.”

Yet, none of those things would satisfy me.  God has already given me everything to meet my heart’s cry.  He tells me so in these verses.  Think about it:

  1. All of God is in Jesus
  2. Jesus has filled me
  3. Thus all of God has filled me.

If the very God of the universe, the creator of everything, is filling me, there certainly isn’t any empty space inside of me.  There is no lack. 

I only feel the lack when I ignore the fullness, when I take my eyes off Jesus, when I begin to dwell on things that are not Him.  Certainly I lack many things that are not Him – a new car, perfect feet (one of mine is injured) everything in Penny’s or Neiman Marcus or … well, I don’t have those things.  I lack them.

But neither do I need them.  All I need is Jesus, and he has given me all of Himself.  And when I dwell on that, I am content. 

To the depths of my soul.