While on our girls weekend away Gindi and I watched the Miss America pageant. Oh yes we did. I haven’t honestly seen it in years and we just laughed and tweeted our way through the entire show.
Watching it was painful at times, the inappropriate dress choices, the interview answers and the talent…oh the talent.
Some of the women were really good and a few struggled, it seemed as though they were trying to make something theirs that wasn’t.
But as I was thinking about it today I realized how very brave they were. Imagine the pressure of being judged, nit-picked, watched by an audience of millions, no thank you!
To stand on the stage and own a gift God had given them….it took guts.
I sing on the worship team a few Sundays a month. I have always loved singing and from the time I was in middle school wished I had the courage that some of my friends did.
One girl, Heidi, came to school every day for weeks with her hair tied up in these rollers because she was in a play outside of school and she needed her hair to be show ready after school. She looked crazy ridiculous, but I had such respect for her. She loved what she was doing and didn’t care how crazy she looked doing it.
I on the other hand stand on our stage on Sunday mornings and tremble with fear. Almost every time I get up there I feel sick to my stomach. Certain that all.the.people must be looking at me instead of the words, I am afraid what will happen if I mess up.
I so quickly forget that I am there to lead people into their own worship. And by using a gift God gave me, I am honoring Him too.
It isn’t about me.
I know I have said that before and I repeat it more for myself than you sweet friends, but apparently I am a slow learner!
I sing because He created me to worship Him best in that way. I don’t say eloquent prayers or spend enough quiet time on my knees. But when I sing, it is to Him. The words of the songs are my love letter to the Father who gave me my voice.
I seek to honor my God with the very talents He birthed in me. It is never about me, only Him. That one bears repeating so I don’t ever forget.
What unique gift has God given you that you can use to honor Him?
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