Our middle son loves a sport. Any sport. If it’s fall he likes flag football. If it’s winter he likes basketball. If it’s spring he likes baseball. Loves a sport. At a basketball game during the winter I heard several parents talking about a basketball camp with Josh Pastner at the University of Memphis this summer. I looked into it and quickly signed Jack up. We, along with all of his grandparents, Mun and Aunt Janice, gave this to him for his birthday. Basketball camp is his love language. All the coaches were encouraging and uplifting to him. He left with a smile every day. I could tell just tell he was so happy. And not much as a parent makes me smile more than to see my children smile.
You know, each of us have a language that we speak. (Have you read Five Love Languages? If not, I highly recommend it.) At church we have a class for new and/or perspective members once a quarter. As the pastor’s wife I get to go to each session. One would think I would know everything by this point from this class. I’m hoping to pass this quarter. Fingers crossed. As I was saying…the last week of the class Fred gives a talk about your “SHAPE” and then gives a spiritual gifts inventory. People often get hung up on spiritual gifts…as in mercy is not my gift so I can’t do that. (I’m looking at you, Jennifer/writer of this blog.) But is actuality when you accept Christ as your Savior you have all the gifts. We are just all “shaped” differently. We each have:
that are unique to us. God created us all differently. Thank goodness. So what are your spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences? Have you ever stopped to think how you could be used because of these things? What about your children? Have you identified what motivates them and tells them they are loved? In this house we are all about loving God and loving people…loving people starts with the people we live with. And sometimes it comes in the form of basketball camp at the University of Memphis.
Think about your SHAPE. How are you uniquely gifted by God? How are the people around you gifted?
(As I close I must give credit to Rick Warren. SHAPE is not my idea. It is his.)