This morning my son Thomas left for a camp that is designed for young people that are leaders in their church youth groups. It’s particularly cool that it takes place at our alma mater, Oklahoma Baptist University. I am praying that, as He has done so many times for me in the past, God will show Himself to my son in powerful ways this week.
Much like his father, Tommy is a young man with many interests. Many of them are the same as mine, but not all.
Tommy is #5 of the Peercy kids, next to youngest, and the tallest of the lot (which doesn’t say much really). He loves football and soccer. He really enjoys making music – playing instruments or singing. He has a natural ability to write engaging accounts. His Facebook stories about ball games have been lauded by friends far and wide. He has a natural comedic timing that catches me off guard sometimes.
I was so excited to get to share the stage with Tommy as we were both cast in Duncan Little Theatre’s production of The Fiddler On The Roof a few months ago. It was his first time to sing in front of anyone and he was awesome!
Tommy share a lot of interests. But we also share some of the same challenges. I find myself trying to do so many different things that I don’t do any of them the best that I can. I see my son do the same thing. He loves all of these things – and the people with whom he participates in those activities – but there’s not enough of him to go around.
We have too many hats.
I love hats. The thing about hats is that you can only wear one at a time. That means that, unless you get really good at carrying hats, you have to make a choice. You have to pick one.
We all come to crossroads now and then where we have to choose a direction. When God places different talents, abilities, and interests in us, it can be confusing for us to decide which ones to lean on and really focus to develop. But, when we do, He will use them all – to different degrees and in different ways – for our good and for His glory.
How do you decide?
Well…you don’t. You listen. Then you follow.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I am immensely proud of my son Tommy. He has what it takes to be a great tool in the hands of God. I pray he will learn to recognize well the still, small voice of God that will tell him…
“Here. Put this one on…Yes, that looks good on you.”