Spiritual Practice


Elisabeth Sweatt

I once was asked, “What do you do for God?” When I responded, “I act,” my questioner was surprised and confused.

devozine on stageI love theater. When I step onto a stage and into the story of another human being’s life, I experience the presence of God. I feel more connected to the world God created and to the people in it than I ever do in my daily life. So naturally, my dramatic endeavors have become an outlet for praise.

Not everyone loves theater. Not everyone loves basketball. But everyone loves something. When asked about their gifts and talents, many people say, “I don’t have any. I just do a lot of things OK.” Our gifts do not come as neatly wrapped packages that assure us of success or worldly recognition. Maybe the gift God gives is a passion for something, regardless of our ability to excel. After all, if we could master God’s gifts, why would we need the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23)?

The Lord takes delight in his people.
Psalm 149:4a (NIV)

Eric Liddell, in Chariots of Fire, declares: “When I run I feel God’s pleasure.” He didn’t have to win a gold medal to feel that way, and I don’t have to win an Oscar to feel that way either.


REFLECT: What are your gifts? What are you doing when you “feel God’s pleasure”?


—from devozine (January/February 2003). Copyright © 2003 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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