Happy Wednesday to all of you out there! I’m in a hurry today, so I figure that I would post something that has inspired me recently. Today, I got the daily email from Lamplighter Ministries that talked about using your specific gifts to serve God. I thought it would apply in the context of the recent series I finished up about working with Wyatt and Collin.
One more thing- if you really enjoy reading, Lamplighter has a TON of great books that they’ve found and reprinted from many, many years ago. I recently finished two of their books that had been written in the mid 1800’s. I’ll tell you this- the difference in quality of writing between the books from that era vs. that of the books being produced now is vast. I highly recommend the Lamplighter books. Now, for the heart of the post!
The Miracle Choir
by Mark Hamby
What kind of skill set do you need to serve God?
Each of us has been given gifts by a loving God. I believe it is one of God’s greatest pleasures to see His children use His gifts in productive and creative ways.
I happen to know of some gifted individuals who are among the most productive and creative I have ever known. Yet they also possess some severe limitations. They are part of a nationally recognized adult choir called “The Miracles.”
What makes this choir unique is that every member has an intellectual disability. Often these men and women are judged as unproductive, helpless, and of less value than the rest of us. Yet each one truly represents a miracle in that they sing and tour together, and share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone they meet.
“The Miracles” represent the Baddour [BAD-DOER] Center, a residential care facility in Senatobia, Mississippi. At Baddour, individuals are not labeled by their limitations, but are encouraged to fulfill their potential by holding full-time jobs, taking on as much personal care as they can, and finding ways to serve others.
The Apostle Paul wrote that because God’s strength was perfected in his weakness, “I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9b).
God often uses our greatest weakness to accomplish great things. All we need to do is be willing serve Him.
Making ready a people prepared for the Lord,
*Their website is http://www.lamplighter.net*