Whether many or just a few
Two stories have jumped into my view this week.
Moses, the Biblical figure, was a reluctant (even resistant) leader, to say the least. I hadn’t noticed it before, but God asked / told Moses to help his people and Moses refused — all of five times:
- Who am I that I should go? — Exodus 3:11
- Suppose I go and people ask who sent me — what will I say to them? — Ex. 3:13
- They won’t believe me. — Ex. 4:1
- I’m not a good speaker. — Ex 4:10
- “Please, Lord, send someone else.” — Ex. 4:13
Then there’s Rich Mullins, a modern day singer / songwriter / theologian who died in a car accident in 1997. I started watching a movie that was made about his life this week. There’s a point in the movie, set before Mullins’ song “Sing Your Praise to the Lord” was recorded by Amy Grant, where the music industry people were trying to convince him to come to Nashville to get his song recorded. They asked him, “Don’t you want to share your gift with others?”, to which he replied, “I am.” Of course, he went on to write and record and his songs are now sung in churches all over, with “Awesome God” perhaps being the most famous.
Here we have two people reluctantly being drawn into a larger purpose. Moses initially made excuses and out-right refused. Mullins was quite comfortable sharing his God-given gift of music in his small community and surrounding area.
I’m not sure why these two stories have impacted me this week. Maybe the reluctance to step towards the unknown? Maybe it’s the reality that some gifts, like Moses’, need to be lived out in public in order to be shared. Yet other gifts, like Rich Mullins, can be shared in a smaller forum, and do not require a massive audience.
It’s Monday, so I’m thinking about these things in the context of our vision, people with exceptional needs belong to communities in which their God-given gifts are valued and respected.
Some will share their gifts with thousands, and some with a handful. Both are valid. Whether to many or just a few, gifts are meant to be shared. The whole community is better when it happens.