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Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Isaiah 58:7 NLT
It started with a guitar and ultimately impacted South Africa. Tim Stout, a good friend of mine who plays the guitar, patterned his style after Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel fame. Tim played Simon’s tunes over and over to learn the chord progressions, rhythms, and lyrics. The music wasn’t the only thing that grew on him. Tim identified with soul of the musician and he began to think beyond himself.
Many years later, Tim now works at Hallmark, plays the guitar for worship gatherings, and for fun. Truth be told, he’s still pretty serious about the guitar. He’s expanded his activism considerably as he has added new interests and skill sets. Artist, photographer, and software designer describe parts of his vocation. His avocation is to use his talents for God and in so doing become a world changer.
Tim is a Global Champion for South Africa at Indian Creek Community Church. The holy discontent inside Tim strains to make a difference in the fight against AIDS. Multiple trips as a team leader to Kwa-dick, South Africa, gave him a firsthand understanding of the plight of a nation grappling with a national epidemic.
An question gripped Tim’s mind. What if he combined his gifts, natural talents, life experience, and marketplace skill set into the creation of a documentary? Call Her Momma was the award winning result. In it he described how one mamma could impact a whole city. In the process, he realized in a fresh way the impact he could have on the world around him.
What if you combined your gifts, natural talents, life experience and marketplace skills into something you offered God and this world as your gift? What would that look like? Will you?
Week 5, Live Out, Day 3, Devo 23