As you read this, Sean, Sara, and I are on the train from London to Edinburgh, where the kids and a cohort of their classmates from Pacifica Christian will spend the week performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We started our trip by seeing some wonderful theatre in London; it’s been terrific to see the students react to new art and become inspired to develop their own God-given talents. It’s been an inspiration for the adults, too, a powerful reminder of our responsibility to God to continue to serve Him with our work.

He does not give us all dramatic talents – like those given to Shakespeare or Sir Christopher Wren, who designed St. Paul’s. Some are given practical gifts, the ability to do things that help others. Some of us are given quiet gifts, like always having a smile or a sympathetic ear to offer people. But we are all given wondrous gifts, special ways in which we can contribute to the betterment of our fellow man.

And when we take our gifts, however large or small we believe them to be, and we dedicate those talents to the Lord each day, that’s when true beauty is created. Because that’s when we celebrate our Father by recognizing His hand in who we are and how we interact with His world. When we teach, heal, entertain, engineer, or build to the glory of God, our passion for the creation and for the Creator amplifies what we do. And when we love each other to His glory, we honor everything and everyone He has created. We connect with Him and with each other.

May we be mindful, as we move through our days, of all the beauty and benefits we can create in the name of our beloved Creator.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 Peter 4:10-11