Although I’ve taken a bunch of personality and placement tests, God teaches me all the time about what I am gifted at, what I need to be doing, and even the things that I don’t love but that need to get done.
For instance, I love to sing and act and be on stage, so at church, I help coordinate worship for the kids’ services and I act as the host on stage for the Saturday service. However, we also need people to pull curriculum and schedule volunteers and get the room ready– I don’t have the spiritual gift or talent of stacking and unstacking chairs, but I am needed there just as much as I am needed on stage.
While I love teaching, I don’t love teaching elementary school. But a school I went to trying to get work as a sub needed an elementary teacher. I teach several kindergarten classes and I work with middle schoolers. Not my favorite ages. And at church, we needed someone to lead the 3rd and 4th grade small group. Although I would rather be teaching college English students and youth small groups, I am needed here. And I have the skills to teach at this level. God is providing more of the patience, thank goodness, but I think I am learning about patience myself in these roles (keep praying for me!).
Although I end up stacking chairs and filling in with younger students, God still opens doors for me to function in my specific gifting. I do teach older students when I tutor. I am applying to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I work with youth on Wednesday nights. God knowns my heart and he provides what I need; I even have a role in a musical coming up this winter. I love being back on stage, singing and acting. And you know what’s funny? If I hadn’t taken this teaching job in Cedar Hill, I would not have been in the right place to do the show.
So I love getting to be back in theater. And I love working with youth and teaching writing to older kids. But my other roles are important as well. God has provided for me through this job working with mostly elementary students. God is stretching me and teaching me, and he is using me to provide what TCAL needs to. Sometimes, I need to fill in the gaps that I can and pray for God to bring along a better-suited person. But sometimes, he is making me into that person. Other times, he has me waiting there until he can move me somewhere else.
I think what I’ve learned through all this is to be content where I am and see how I can grow there, to look for how I am needed, and also to look forward to what God is doing in my life. Because he promised to have good plans for us, and he promised to never leave us. And he told me to do whatever I do as if working for him. So I strive to run the race set out for me and walk forward in faith. And I am content where God has placed me for now.