I was blessed with the opportunity, last week, of sharing poetry at Biola University’s Wednesday Wisdom Chapel. This particular chapel is specific toward inviting speakers whose specializations and experience bring biblically-based wisdom for Christian engagement in the arts and culture, reconciliation, missions and evangelism, justice, relationships, spiritual formation and other relevant topics.
The staff and students were wonderfully welcoming. They were ridiculously receptive to my pieces. And they were equally encouraging toward my poetic craft.
Not only did I feel a sense of affirmation, but I also was reminded of why I’ve chosen to fully embrace this particular gift and actually do something with it.
We’re all blessed with a gift, a talent or an opportunity to do good. I believe God places us in situations where we can make lasting change that can truly make a positive impact in our world that’s slowly falling apart. And, since He’s all about redeeming and reconciling all things that has been lost, God is constantly looking for ways to situate us in positions that can transform others into the amazing potential that usually lies dormant within.
But we have to embrace these talents. We have to utilize these gifts. We have to take the initiative to steward well the opportunities that we’ve been given to make a difference. And, in doing so, the world that’s ripping at the seams will truly be sewn back together.
Writing poetry and performing Spoken Word is my constant attempt at stewarding the gift God has given me. And whether it’s encouraging other believers to think about their faith beyond the world religion we know of as Christianity or reminding the non-believer that they are equally loved by God, poetry has given me a platform to compassionately encourage others toward renewal and reconciliation.
I’m excited to see where stewarding this gift will take me. I imagine it’ll catalyze me toward amazingly irreplaceable moments upon moments of goodness.