Since 2011 I’ve been speaking to my high school’s varsity football team of the school I graduated from. Although it didn’t add crazy number into our youth ministry, I saw this need to deposit important life-skills for "on and off the field," and in my free time a team of friends and I filled the need to feed and speak these young men. I had no idea how important the ministry of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) was until March 2, 2106 during the first week of my sabbatical.
There may be times when you are involved in something and forces are pulling you away but you know that you know you need to keep pursuing it. Little did I know that during my sabbatical that a 10 minute meeting with Scott Myers of FCA Western MD was going to begin to change my life.
I believe that we are giving the ability to be forks. People will want us for our “forky-ness” and then try to break the prongs off us to make us spoons and still require us to perform as forks. I went to Scott because I knew he was a fork, he's been a fork ever since I knew him, he performs as a fork and makes no apologies for being a fork. Most of all he wants others to be their God given “forky abilities.”
This is what he did with me in my 10 minutes with him.
Scott: “Write your name on this napkin.”
Me: I wrote my name with my right hand.
Scott: “Nice, now write it with your other hand.”
Me: I wrote it with my left hand.
Scott: “Nice, I can read both. Why don't you write with your left hand more often?”
Me: “It’s not my strong hand, my whole life I've been right handed.”
Scott: “EXACTLY!!! You've been created to perform a specific tasks, this is your right hand of ministry. But you've allowed yourself and others to make you write the story of your life using your life hand. Although you've learned how to write with your left hand it’s not natural and therefore you'll be frustrated.”
Me: “OH MY GOODNESS!!!”
Scott: “During your sabbatical you need to find your right hand!!!”
My take away was this…
1- If I KNOW my NO I'll have more time to help many more people.
2- Since I enjoy serving it’s OK to do some left handed things but they may need to have a deadline because I have to get back to right handed business.
3- Ask Christ for the ability to regain the prongs of my life so I can rebuild what I allowed life to take away from me.
What are your thoughts on this?