Surrendered Potential

My daughter, Shae (of Teen, Meet God, and Shae’s Days), loves to dance, and she’s been told by her teachers through the years that she is gifted enough to pursue dance as a career. As I took these photos of her several weeks ago, I wondered what part dance would play in her future.

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You see, for years, she’s felt confident that God has called her to be a missionary, perhaps dealing with orphans. She’s never had her heart set on dancing full-time, despite her love for the art form.

But, she has wondered, along with her father and I, why God would give her a talent and not intend for her to use it to her uttermost. She’s not unsure of her call to ministry, just looking forward with faith to see how God will use all of her talents, including her dance ability.


I have often prayed about her future, perhaps with less faith than she.

But my mother, who was a professional ballerina once upon a time, was kind enough to help ease our concerns. She reminded us of the many ways she has been able to use dance – as a teacher, coach, and more – after dancing full-time was no longer an option for her. God allowed her to use her talent for dance and choreography to help many young people through the years.


And perhaps Shae will be able to do the same, in ways we can’t yet imagine.

We look forward to seeing what God has for our daughter, who earnestly desires his will.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. – Jeremiah 33:3

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. – Philippians 1:20, 21

How has God used your talents in ways you wouldn’t have guessed? I would love to hear from you.

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11 thoughts on “Surrendered Potential”

  1. What a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart. I don’t think anyone is meant to use all their God given talents on their jobs. I have often wondered how to use my gift of speaking or leadership as a stay-at-home-mom, and I think it simply comes down to the fact that there are different seasons for everything. Maybe now I mostly bake, organize, write and budget. But maybe I’ll come across another season of life where I can do missions, speak and lead others to God. Thinking of your daughter, it’s clear she’s gifted in many ways. Perhaps you’ll be able to witness different seasons where some of her gifts shine more brightly 😊

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    1. Heather, thanks so much for your response. I think we’re soul sisters in a way, in the way we are being called to use our gifts in this season of life. I look forward to seeing how our lives change, and our children’s lives change, as they move on to their own independent lives.

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  2. I cannot say I have any talents but I can say I have learned more about being with God from dance than any other source, and that includes religion.

    When I see the beauty of the dance (ballroom dance in my case) I learned so much about how God leads and we follow. I learned how intricate steps are a partnership, not one alone but of two together. Coordination of two bodies to act as one. When I see our walk with our Beloved in the same way it opened up a new world for me. I began to see the beauty, passion, tenderness, fragility, and strength of this union with Him. It was no longer a singular act I did for Him, or He for me, but a melding of two beings into one. That to me is the essence of dance.

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  3. Growing up, I was horrifically shy. Then, oddly enough, I earned a degree in Journalism, and worked professionally as a reporter for a few years. To function, I had to get past the extreme shyness to get the story done. That combination of writing and being able to speak to people without falling apart has made these seven years as an ordained minister oh, so much easier 🙂 ! Life is a journey! — Mike

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  4. Great post, thank you for sharing!

    I’d say that over the years, there might have been a little guesswork on how my latent talents would be utilized in the future. But there is no guessing now. Its become clear my gifts with words and language, both spoken and written, are the tools God utilizes to spread the Good News.

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