Thoughts on a year – part 1

cupcake & candles

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand, Six hundred minutes, How do you measure, measure a year?” ~ Seasons of Love, from RENT

I’m rapidly approaching my one-year anniversary of living in Nairobi, Kenya.  A few friends have been asking me about this past year and what are some of the highlights and lessons I’ve learned.  And seeing as I’ve been wondering about what to write about, now that I’m running out of things about what I do, I figured this is as good an idea as any.

Highlight #1 – Finding my sweet spot

I listened to a podcast of a message by Pastor Steven Furtick (Elevation Church) a couple weeks ago that really helped me to cement this in my heart.  The message was entitled “The Prodigy in Me: The Paradox of Prodigy pt. 4 (you can get it on iTunes) and one of the points was that fact that when we are using the spiritual gifts that God has given us for the purposes He created us for then we are in our sweet spot.  However as much as He uses us in our “sweet spot” He will not leave us in our comfort zone.  Too often we confuse the two.  His call in our lives is always in our sweet spot and always beyond our comfort zone.

dart & bullseye

The sweet spot is the place that lies in between the safety of our comfort zone (the place we believe we have the ability) and the place of false expectation (where others may believe we can do it, or what we wish we could do).

So, how is this a highlight for my year in Kenya?  God has shown me that even though many times I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, somehow He gives me the grace and strength to get it done.  I’m able to use the talents and gifts He’s given me to make a difference to people and ministries here that are affecting nations and increasing the Kingdom of God.  Wow!  He’s using me to do that.  And that’s a really sweet feeling.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10

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