Neither is beauty, or vocal talent, or physical coordination.
It's a hand you are dealt, not an accomplishment.
What you do with it, of course, has ethical consequences.
Faithfulness, perseverence, service to others ... these are the fruit of godliness.
Patience, kindness, self-control ... these are evidence of a Spirit-controlled life.
All that came to mind on Monday when Emma blew us out of the water with her IQ test results. (She was tested to determine Kindergarten readiness). We are sobered by our responsibility as parents to cultivate humility and a heart for others, and to harness her God-given intellectual gifts in service of His kingdom.
Shortly after Danny suggested that I "take a class or two" in seminary 4 years ago, we sang a hymn in church that gripped me and has not let go since.
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.
Take my voice and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use every power as thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart - it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour at thy feet its treaure store.
Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for thee.
Maybe you've never considered yourself very smart. Be encouraged! Smart people are in no better position to love God or please Him. Whatever gift He has given you (make no mistake, He has gifted you in some unique way!) is meant for others (Ephesians 4:11-13; Romans 12:3-8). So find out what it is and lay it at His feet. He has big plans for His kingdom that require your participation!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
intelligence is not a virtue
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.