Last week on a radio interview, I used the word rodeoing. Not intentionally however. The word awkwardly jumped off my lips and fell to the ground like a fumbled football. I attempted to catch the word mid-air but it was too late. All I could think of at that moment was, Dawna that is not a word! When the interview was over, I laughed at myself. Laughter at oneself is good medicine. Later that day, I discovered that rodeoing is indeed a word however, I probably won’t use it again in that setting.
I will be hitting the road soon. The next destination: Kansas. I have thoughts of red sparking slippers and the saying, “There is no place like home.” This week I will be rodeoing for God. “Lassoing” up women for the kingdom. As I prepare for the trip, I reflect on what I have learned being God’s roadie:
*Never lose sight of your gifts—stay focused.
In 2 Timothy 1:6 Paul wants Timothy to understand that he has unique giftedness.
Each of us have been designed with unique gifts that are extraordinarily distinct from others.
Timothy was losing sight of his gift. Paul encourages his apprentice to keep sight of what God has given him.
We can all do this—lose sight of our individual giftedness. In the repetition of working that gift it can become mundane.
Paul reminds us all to stay focused. We need to use our unique gifts in a new way, if needed, but NEVER lose sight of the talents that God has entrusted us with.
*Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel.
In a world of tolerance and not wanting to offend others, we can pull back on delivering God’s message of hope.
Paul inspires and reminds us all to NOT be timid or fearful to talk about Christ. In the market place, in our daily conversations and in situations that might be uncomfortable, reflect Him.
*Serve others first.
When we are focused on others and not on ourselves, we model Jesus. Serving is what we are called to do. Be “other” focused.
* Be committed.
Train in spiritual things. Get connected with a mentor and let that person teach you how to “train” and finish the game of life well. Go for the winning touch down—or at least keep advancing the field to gain yardage.
We also need to pour ourselves into others. Mentor someone who is younger than you. Both gleaning from wisdom, and teaching someone younger, will help us grow in faith.
It can be difficult to find a mentor. Not everyone readily reaches out to volunteer themselves. All the more reason to seek out the “Pauls” in the church. It requires effort on our part. And even more importantly, for each of us to seek out those who may need our mentoring and offer our support.
Just as Paul was a reminder to Timothy, so are the rodeoing, red sparking slippers. And even though I will not be rodeoing in these red sparkling slippers (because they need a high heel on them), they remind me to keep on SPARKLING for God.