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Man Land: Using Your Talents

As a young guy in elementary and into middle school, I wanted to go and do as much as possible. Whether it was playing sports, hanging out with friends, learning to play an instrument, or being involved at school, I never wanted to be bored. Throughout this time in my life, I learned a lot of things. I learned where my strengths were and where my weaknesses were in the activities I was involved in. Most importantly, I discovered my talent in something I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

As I aged through middle school, I realized that I was not going to play baseball in high school. It was not because I was not athletic enough to make the team, but it was that I found my real passion in middle school and it was being a drummer. I took lessons from the time I was seven years old until I was 13. I had been practicing for six years by this point and knew that I could be used more as a drummer rather than an athlete.

When thinking about gifts and talents you may have as you grow in your walk with God, whether you are the athlete, the musician, the speaker, or whatever talent the Lord has given you, keep James 1:17 in mind:

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

In my life, I have been blessed with the passion and gift of music to use to glorify the Kingdom of God. I have been a drummer at my church for the last 10 years, I have had the privilege to lead worship for different organizations at school, and lastly, I was able to use my talents to lead worship at WinShape Camps for Boys at Mt. Berry in Summer 2017.

As you get older and start learning more about yourself, I want to encourage you to seek the Lord through prayer and ask how you can use your gifts and talents to further His Kingdom. The beauty is that everyone possess different gifts and talents. Thank goodness not everyone at my church is a drummer!

Every person has strengths and weaknesses, which is a great thing because this allows people to be unique and different. You have a talent or gift that the Lord has given you, and my challenge is that once you find it within you, decide how you can use it to benefit those around you in your family, friends, and church.

About the Author:

Taylor Ussery is a recent graduate of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA where he earned a degree in Mass Communication. This is his fourth Summer on Staff with WinShape Camps. He has served the past three with our overnight Boys Camp at Cleveland and Mt. Berry. Currently, Taylor is serving as an Intern with the Marketing Team for WinShape Camps. He is a big fan of the Atlanta Braves and loves some fresh BBQ!

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