Read: 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Dave and I attended a traditional church when we were first married. By traditional, I mean the church had a Sunday School hour for both children and adults followed by a corporate service with preaching and music. The Sunday School classes for adults were also divided by gender and age.
In the fall, classes reorganized with new teachers and a mix-up of students (you were assigned a class if there were too many in one age group for a single class.) Soon after we were married I was asked to teach an adult ladies class.
I was quite young and I had never done that before, but I decided to give it a try. And I LOVED it!! I loved the preparation, the teaching, everything about it. We also had a course that taught the teachers how to teach. I loved that too. Basically, I loved learning and then passing that on to others in a way that was enjoyable, memorable, inspiring and challenging. I had found my niche!
The best way to discover what you are put together to do is to try different things. You will know almost immediately if it is the right fit. When I was getting my undergrad degree many of my classmates were double majoring in ministry and human services (social work). I talked to my adviser about it and she suggested I take Introduction to Human Services. So I did. I knew by the end of the first class I would not double major. Human Services just wasn’t my thing.
Is there something you are drawn to but aren’t sure about? Give it a try. If it sparks joy in your heart, pursue it. If it doesn’t, let it go. The best indicator for me if something fits is what it does on the inside. Does it energize and fuel me? Do I come away feeling inspired and joyful? Or does it drain me and create anxiety?
I would love to hear what you are trying and how you are stepping into new areas of responsibility!