Monday, October 13, 2008

SHAPED for Ministry

I saw this picture last week on CNN’s website and it caught my attention. It appeared in the photos of the week contest and was by far the largest vote-getter. The bride, still wearing her wedding gown, is casting her line into the surf as she fished at a New Jersey beach.

I have the strange suspicion that a lot of women wouldn’t find that to be very romantic or appropriate on one’s wedding day. You’ve probably heard the old expression, “it takes all kinds to make the world go round.” A new bride, surf fishing in her wedding gown, constitutes ample proof of that statement. At the same time however, isn’t it a bit refreshing and encouraging that we all aren’t exactly alike? Life would be pretty dull and boring if everyone looked alike, had exactly the same interests, and engaged in identical activities.

When as a church we journeyed together through the 40 Days of Purpose Campaign a few years back, we looked at how God has uniquely “shaped” us for ministry. To serve God and others most effectively, we need to look at our own SHAPE: Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience. Our unique shape perhaps won’t prompt us to go surf fishing on our wedding day, but it just might encourage us to be fishers of men every day.

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