Years ago, I became aware of a problem in our town—underage drinking. Filled with emotion (and without prayer), I decided to do something about it. Surely all teenagers needed was a fun and safe environment, especially on prom night.
So I quickly ran an ad in the paper to spearhead a new group to organize an alcohol-free party for high school students. Little did I know how much was involved in planning such an event. It didn’t take long to see I was a fish out of water and in deep trouble.
Problems persisted until I finally gave up the project, donated the money to a similar organization, and breathed a sigh of relief. Planning a party for hundreds of teenagers wasn’t something I was gifted to do. It didn’t match any of the talents or abilities I had at the time.
Although embarrassing, the whole thing taught me valuable lessons. First, I must pray and seek God’s direction. Second, I must pay attention to my gifts and talents; God gave them to me for a reason.
Trying new things is not necessarily wrong, but if I seek God’s will, He will guide me and equip me for something new.
Sheila Gosney lives in Monroe City, Missouri. She is a freelance writer whose passion is educating and inspiring believers for the daily mission of God’s will.