Sweet Spot of Service
Read: Romans 12:1, I Peter 4:10, Mark 10:43-45
In What’s Next, God? Stephen J. Carter writes: “Tennis professionals tell of hitting the ball in the sweet spot of the racket for maximum results. God leads us to find our sweet spot of service where our God-given gifts intersect with his kingdom purpose.”
To determine our sweet spot of service in the body of Christ, Carter recommends we ask ourselves, “What is my passion? What are my strengths? In what service do I find the most fulfillment?”
This group, First Writes, is a place where we can come to be nurtured and encouraged as a writer for Jesus. Those of us in this group have discovered that we not only seem to possess a “knack” for writing, writing is our passion. We find fulfillment in expressing our thoughts, ideas and feelings so others can relate to them and benefit from our words. For us, writing is where our gifts and passions connect with God’s purposes for His kingdom.
Where have you felt led to put writing, your sweet spot of service, into practice? Is it writing devotionals or short stories for inspirational magazines and books? Has God asked you to tackle a book, write memoirs that include your spiritual journey, or share your personal Bible studies with others? Is your sweet spot editing, creating newsy letters, or writing encouraging cards?
Need ideas on how to serve? Pray! God will lead you. Contact the church office at your home church and ask if there is any way you can put your writing gifts to work for the church. Or perhaps you are involved with a charity organization close to your heart that needs a writer for newsletters, correspondence or press releases. The possibilities are varied and endless.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help us to serve in our sweet spot where the gifts You have given us intersect with God’s holy purposes. In Jesus name. Amen.
©2011 Pamela D. Williams