The women of my family are presently in “wedding mode,” which means they have wedding on the brain. With my last daughter getting married in September, every waking hour is focused on the wedding. I have been there before. I understand my role and my place. I am to listen, but I am not to have or express an opinion. I am to write checks without questioning, whining, or grumbling. I am to referee when mother and daughter’s tastes and desires conflict, but I am not to take sides. As long as I remember and am faithful to what my role is, life is great. Understanding your role in life is really important. The Bible teaches that all of us are given gifts with which to serve God and one another. We are happiest and most content when we are living our life out of our gifts. When we take on tasks that we are not particularly gifted for, then it becomes burdensome and increases our anxiety and it robs us of our joy. True joy is found when you understand what your gifts are and when you are using those gifts for God’s glory and for the benefit of others. Take some time today to reflect on what gifts you have, what you do that brings you the most joy. Then go and do it. The greatest joy comes from using the gifts that God has given you.
– Dr. Tim Thompson