What Are You Good At?

By Pastor Vern Kratz

You can’t be good at everything, but everybody is good at something!

I really believe that.

I watch a fair amount of team sports. It goes without saying even among professional athletes each person has a particular part to play on the team. And a good team manager will place his players in positions where they will be able to excel at what they are good at. If you are a good kicker then the football coach will make you the punter. If you can throw an amazing curve ball then the baseball manager is going make you the pitcher. If someone is put in a place they haven’t prepared for, or have no expertise at, it can be disastrous not only for the individual, but for the entire team.

In life it is the same: we will accomplish more when we recognize our strengths, and go with what we are good at.

As a Christ follower, I need to regularly recognize the talents and abilities that have been given to me by God and choose to use them for his glory and his purpose. There is no point in trying to be someone that I am not. That would be a waste of time and a waste of the resources that God has given me.

These thoughts filled my mind as I was rereading the story of David and Goliath – the epic bible story of the “little guy” triumphing over the “giant.” But before young David runs out onto the field to slay the giant we read his discussion with King Saul. The king tried to give David all of his heavy armour, but when David tried it on it was uncomfortable and he said, “I cannot go in these because I am not used to them.” So David, a shepherd boy who was good at slinging stones, stopped by the brook and picked up five smooth stones and went out to face the giant. The rest is history!

Whether you have to face a giant today or just face the regular routine of life, choose to go with what you are good at, recognize your strengths and your God-given talent and tackle your day with that approach. Don’t try and be someone you are not. Go with what you are good at and glorify God with your life.

If you want to check out the story for yourself, I was reading from 1 Samuel 17. It’s a great story. Why don’t you look it up?