It's a busy week. I don't have time to post or write at all. But as I serve at Fine Arts Day Camp all week long at my church, I am reminding myself of the same message I am telling to the kids. Our gifts must not be buried. Our talents must be used. But all for His glory. All for His name. All for His purposes. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the show and the production, that we can lose our focus. I almost lost mine today. Then I was reminded of a poem I wrote almost exactly one year ago...for the same camp. I am praying this poem He wrote on my heart for me, for the other leaders, directors and teachers, and especially for the kids of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship's Fine Arts Day Camp 2008:
A Gift To Return
By LauraLee Shaw
Your life is precious to our Lord,
“It is very good,” He exclaimed.
Your talent is a gift from Him,
So use it as one unashamed!
Whatever you do with your talent~
Don’t compare, looking around,
You’ll find yourself on sinking ground.
Because the Fact is:
Your talent is needed in this world.
It can make a difference, you know,
For when you use it with His strength,
HE is the star of the show.
Whenever you shine with your talent~
It’s by the power of the Spirit,
He is the One who is able to steer it.
Because the Truth is:
“…you have received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. Then in all things God will be praised through Jesus Christ.
Give Him the glory and the power
for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:9b,11b