I wish I drove a Ferrari. Why? Cause they’re fast, flashy and impressive. I like fast, flashy and impressive!
Sadly that’s not what I was given. Instead, for my 17th birthday, I got a Subaru. Now I realise how ridiculous that is, but if you can see past the silver spoon, there’s a big idea.
God’s gifts are like cars.
Some people get the Ferrari. They’re flashy, they’re impressive and they get lots of attention. The rest of us get Volvos… or maybe something in between.
What’s my point?
You’ve got the body, gifting and personality that God gave you. As Paul says, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Or to return to the metaphor, God’s given you a car.
But here’s the thing: It’s not what you’ve got; it’s how you use it that counts.
To speak personally for a moment, I’m stuck with a Tim Clemens. I would have liked a Mark Driscoll or a Tim Keller (great preachers). Even a Peter Jensen would have been nice… but I got a Tim Clemens.
My job is not to try and turn my Tim Clemens into a Mark Driscoll, but to be the best Tim Clemens I can be. I can polish it, I can fuel it and I can work under the hood to spice things up, but I can’t change it. At the end of the day I’m stuck with a Tim Clemens.
Not really. In fact it’s kind of liberating. Now I can be thankful for what I do have. I get to drive a Tim Clemens. Awesome!
I don’t have to imitate anyone else. I don’t have to compare myself to anyone else. And I don’t have to feel inadequate next to anyone else. God gave me a Tim Clemens, I just need to make sure I’m driving it for his glory.
Question: Do you spend more time worrying about what you’ve got or how you use it? Leave a comment by clicking here.