I was running outside the other day and just soaking up the beauty and creation around me (See my recent post on our ‘God soaked world‘ on the bookclub vox). I came across this incredibly stunning bird and quickly took this picture! Actually, not really, but I sure wish I did. This one was grabbed off of flickr at this dude’s site.
My bird was just perched by the side of the road doing a whole lot of nothing. The first thing that came to my mind, besides all its sleek and bright colors, was how that bird better be doing something more than just sitting there and looking pretty. I found myself hoping it knew just how distinct and attractive it was, and how it ought to be doing something spectactular amongst its fellow birds.
Then God spoke into my heart and reminded me that while He loves and embraces me as I am, He is not impressed by my ‘colors’. My natural gifts and talents don’t blow Him away. After all, He is the One who placed them in me in the first place.
However, what is astounding and marvelous, is when we use, however much or little we have, for the purposes of expanding good, inspiring others, and ultimately serving humanity and honoring God. That’s what God applauses, and that’s what I’m starting to become more and more impressed by when I look at those around me.