Each person is uniquely made. Their gender, age, looks, personality, experiences, interests and skills will never all be the same as another person’s. Yes, there are similarities between many people, but never the same mix upon two people. God has made you uniquely you. And because of that, no one else can fill your role.
So the question remains: what skills do you have that you can use in your church and community because you have the availability as well as the capability? And who misses out if you don’t use them?
I love to sing. It’s something I enjoy very much and thankfully as it turns out, so do others when I do it! In my local congregation I struggle to find the time to be available to sing – I have two young children to look after and a husband who loves having me beside him throughout church. That said, I make myself available for as many worship practices that I can, juggling keeping the kids entertained and helping out with the words on the computer or sound system. Every now and again I even get to sing on a Sunday!
The worship coordinator has been lenient with me, working things so that when I do lead a song or two in worship, it is well into the service when I am likely to be there! Unfortunately, I am not good at arriving on time, having a husband and two children under 3 to organise in the mornings. But that doesn’t mean that with a little creative thinking that I can’t use my passion for singing to lead the congregation in a worship song or two. And when I do, there are more often than not comments from various congregation members, thanking me for my contribution.
Their praise isn’t necessary – although it is nice – but it does show that the singing I enjoy doing is enjoyed by others. So what gifts do you have that your congregation is missing out on benefitting from?
Could you cheerfully greet people as they come through the door? Do you make a delicious slice that would go great with the coffee and tea after the service? Do you love playing with kids and could make a great contribution in kids’ church? Are you a stickler for clean things and available for the cleaning roster? If you’re doing nothing more than filling a chair in the service, chances are there’s an area of service that you can contribute to. If you’re not sure, ask! The pastor or leadership team will be only too happy to guide you.