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I hope you realize I’m not talking about those who have the need to exaggerate circumstances and keep things stirred up. Nope.

I’m talking about those who love the stage.

Are you a singer? An actress? A comedian? Do you love to delight and entertain the audience? If so, God expects you to use those gifts for His glory.

What a joy it was for me to discover that truth. I’ve always loved being on the stage. From the time I was a little girl singing solos in church, to age 12 strumming a guitar and harmonizing with a country music band on TV, to belting out the Supremes with a rock band as a teenager, I’ve loved the stage. I love making people laugh by laughing at myself. I love seeing people smile and knowing I’ve given them something uniquely me (I haven’t always been sure what that “something” was, but it was definitely something!).

The problem was, I felt like a two-sided person. When I was on stage, it was all about me. Therefore, my singing, dancing, guitar-playing, fun, entertaining, laugh-at-myself life was completely separate from my I-love-the-Lord life.

It wasn’t until I was about 40 years old that God helped me see that He intended me to use all my gifts for His glory. I began to write skits, followed by full-length plays and original lyrics, songs and soundtracks for my church; then joined the praise team; and then was taken kicking and screaming into a full-fledged women’s speaking ministry.

The more I spoke, the more I began to see my other gifts come into the presentations. Funny skits, silly songs, and thought-provoking monologues found their way into the programs, and women’s lives were changed. My first presentation was back in 1998, and I still occasionally hear from ladies who attended that retreat, telling me how my message entertained them, but also challenged them to change.

At first I struggled with laughter in my ministry, but then realized I was drawn to many of Jesus’ parables because of the comedic picture they paint: A camel going through the eye of a needle? Trying to get a splinter out someone’s eye when you’re carrying around a log in your own? Now, that’s funny!

It didn’t take me long to realize those entertaining elements were all part of the plan and package He had in mind when He created me for service.

And He has a specific plan for you and your ministry as well.

So, what do you enjoy? Do you have gifts and talents you’ve used in other areas of your life, but felt they weren’t appropriate for His service? Think again.

Just as God created David to sing and play the harp, Dorcas to create clothes for the poor, and craftsmen to hand-make the temple with fine detail, God created us to draw others to Him through our gifts, whether we’re funny or serious or somewhere in between.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14

Grace and peace,

Vonda

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