Finding Purpose, Part 5 [Devo]

Salt and Light

Finding Purpose, Part 5 [Devo]
I look forward to WVU football in the fall. The experience, the band playing pregame, the team running out of the tunnel, and of course, the game. Especially if WVU wins. One of my favorite moments at every WVU Football home game happens just after the team runs on the field. A number of the players run to the north end zone, and they take a knee in prayer.

I believe these gifted athletes are praising God. Thanking Him for the opportunity. Thanking Him for the talents He has bestowed on them through discipline and hard work. That they can be salt and show His light.

Like those athletes, although in a different way, I am blessed, and I know it. I get to work in a position that I find tremendously fulfilling. As Guest Services and Care director at The Ridge, I have the opportunity to care for others without being skeptical, greet others warmly, help those in need, help solve problems in times of need, help others grow alongside me in relationship with the most high and amazing God. This is possible because of the gifts He has given me. When I say given, I don’t mean that they were easy gifts. These weren't given at birth, they are how he has grown me through work.

When a church goes looking for someone to be a Guest Services/ Care director, I imagine they don’t typically look for an avionics technician who has worked in the cellular industry managing network modifications. However, through my time in the Air Force, I gained problem solving and teamwork skills, as well as discipline. Through my time as a project manager, I learned planning and leadership. My work as a photographer has given me unimaginable opportunities to be a witness.

He is not finished with me. God has molded me into who I am and continues to mold me into who I will be. God endowed all of us with gifts in His perfect plan…Not to be hidden, but to be used, and to praise Him for the blessing.

Matthew 5:13-16 says this:

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket,   but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Whatever work you do, God has gifted you with abilities to accomplish your work…Just like those WVU football players who pray in the end zone. We are all blessed by Him, and He created us for good works.

Take a moment today to say this prayer: Lord, thank you for who I am. Thank you for who you have crafted me to be. Please help me to see how I can be the salt and light you would have me be in this world.
Author: Roger Sealey, Guest Services/Care Director
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