I’m just not that interesting. I’ve never really thought of myself as being particularly interesting or special. Yes, I’ve managed to get by with VERY little effort on my part and I’ve been blessed to have a supportive family and friends around me to give me a nudge when I’ve needed it. In retrospect though, I’m probably just not that interesting.
Any great feats perhaps?
Not at all, no great feats that I can think of to be honest. I got through school just fine and simply sought to please the people that mattered to me. I know, I sound a little lukewarm, but stay with me.
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation chapter 3, verses 15 - 16)
We’ve been very clearly instructed to be decisive in all things, to be steadfast and sure of the choices we make. In other words; have an opinion, have morals and to know what we stand for. I have not spoken to great multitudes, sailed across vast oceans, won a Nobel Prize or scaled Mount Everest - all great feats that any person would be revered for. But then again, I have never thought of myself as particularly interesting. Does that mean that being an interesting person is determined by their great deeds?
Any special skills?
What are you good at? No, really, I mean what is the thing that you do that you are absolutely amazing at doing? You may not think you’ve accomplished a world changing feat, but what’s in your hand is a special skill, a gift that has been given to you by the Creator.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James chapter 1, verse 17)
Every gift we have been given, whether we see the reasoning or not has been given to us by God. We are made and called according to His design and purpose. The truth is, no matter how “insignificant” we may see our skills as, they have a place and serve a purpose in helping us fulfil our greater calling. Your skills and talents, when used with open hearts, can lead to greater fulfillment.
Just a shepherd boy
The duty of a shepherd is to take care of his flock. His job involves caring for the safety and wellbeing of the animals that have been placed under his watch. A shepherd probably doesn’t think his accomplishments are great. His job and his life becomes the flock he is called to defend and protect, but God’s plans will always be greater than we could ever imagine.
“So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”” (1 Samuel chapter 16, verse 11)
Imagine being this young boy, tending sheep in the pastures. He probably thought he was just not that interesting but was determined to do his job and serve God well. This young boy became the anointed and God appointed king of Israel.
“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” (1 Samuel chapter 16, verse 13)
David’s story is one that your probably know well. Let me encourage you that God can and will use whatever gifts you have in your hand. You may think it’s a small and simple talent that can’t possibly amount to a great feat. But in the hands of the One who created the stars, even the smallest of things can create the greatest opportunities for praise. So yes, I’m just not that interesting, but what I am is willing.
Hailing from South Africa, Crystelda is an avid nerd and an unapologetic dreamer. With a BSc. Biological Sciences and BCom Hons in marketing, she has launched the Christian lifestyle blog - Selah Blogger and is the joint winner of the 2019 International Theology Award. The blog can be found at https://selahblogger.wordpress.com/ and her previous articles may be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/crystelda-naidoo.html