What to do when the very thing that makes you, you, is in jeopardy, or taken away from you? I want you to think about something you love to do, more than anything in the world. Something that is therapeutic to you, and at the same time, it has a positive impact on others. Maybe you’re an artist, and the strokes of paint helps carry your burdens away, and at the same time, inspires people and gets their creative juices going.
Maybe you’re a runner. You may run marathons. For you, running could feel like you can do anything. Maybe it puts you in your zone, and helps you stay focused and keep things in perspective. People may be inspired by your speed, strength, and perseverance.
Whatever your thing is, imagine if you found out that you couldn’t do it the way you’re used to, or it could harm you in some way. Maybe you were even told by a doctor that it’s best if you didn’t do it at all. Maybe your age is a factor, and it has placed certain limits on what you can and cannot do. Would you still try to do it? Let’s just think about this for one minute, because this is deeper than a hobby.
We’re talking about your purpose. The very thing you feel like God created you to do. How can you continue to live, when the one thing you know that you were created to do, is taken away from you completely, or in some way. Well, it’s heartbreaking to think about, but you would first calm your anxieties with the fact that, God knew you’d one day face this. God doesn’t give us a gift, and take it away; it’s there for life.
Although we may think that if we can’t paint, or run, or write, or sing, etc., then we have no reason to go on, let me just give you some comfort. God gave you that gift for a reason and although you may not be able to use it the way you want, you can still use it the way God intended. You will still get joy and fulfillment out of it, and God will still get the glory. The Bible tells us, in Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Oftentimes, our plans for our life, is not God’s plans.
We may have a vision of becoming one thing, and we may think that our plan will go one way, and God will allow us to become what we envisioned, just not the way we thought. So, if you’re going through something, and your gift/purpose is compromised, don’t worry. We won’t always be able to do things like we did in our younger days. We get older and sometimes, other things happen that we have no control over, but be encouraged! God can still use you!
You’d be amazed at how a brand new door opens for you. A door that you would have never thought about walking through, had you not encountered that problem you’re facing. Sometimes, when we go through situations that seems hopeless, it’s not to restrict us, but to redirect us. So, don’t limit yourself or your gift, based on your plans for your life, because God can take what you have left, and use it in a way that you’ve never dreamed of. This new door that God will open for you, can bring you more fulfillment, more success, and more blessings, than if you never had any problems at all.
One thing about God, there’s purpose in everything He allows us to go through. Don’t lose hope. If you’re a dancer at heart, but you happen to be getting up there in age, you may not be able to shake a tail feather like you used to, but that doesn’t mean you can’t two step, or throw your hands in the air. It’s more about the mindset, and the spirit in which we do things. Don’t lose hope.
We may not always be able to use our gifts the way we want, but we can still use what we have, at maximum capacity. I’m not encouraging you to hurt yourself and go against doctor’s recommendations, or try to do something crazy. I’m simply asking you to be open minded. You don’t have to figure out the specifics, just be a willing vessel. Just ask God to use you.
Don’t hide your talent, because you think it’s damaged, small, old, or insignificant. If you use what you have and trust God with it, the Bible tells us that God will increase that talent/gift even more. (See Matthew 25:14-30)
I will leave you with this old quote. ”When one door closes, another door opens.” I pray God’s peace and blessings over you, in Jesus name. ❤️
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