Finding Your Sparks

Who did God create you to be? That’s a question we often spend a lifetime seeking an answer to. The Psalmist tells us that “it was (God) who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) But how do we live out God’s dream for our lives?

Dr. Peter Benson is the creator of the framework of Developmental Assets and other innovations in human development; a leading authority on children and teenagers and the processes that help them to flourish and thrive. But, his work applies to ALL of God’s children, not just those under 21!

Dr. Benson writes about “sparks.” A spark is something that gives your life meaning and purpose. It’s an interest, a passion, or a fit. What do you bring to the world that is good, beautiful and useful? If it becomes our practice to identify our own sparks, it will surely become our practice that every young person comes to identify and live into their own sparks.

Sparks are the hidden flames that excite and tap into passion.
Sparks come from the gut. They motivate and inspire.
Sparks can be musical, athletic, intellectual, academic, relational.
Sparks can ignite vocation and other satisfying activities for an enriched life.
Sparks get us going on a positive path and away from negative energy.
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God fills us with the breath of life, sent Jesus to lead the way and the Holy Spirit to encourage and give us confidence. Identifying the spark that God gave us might take time, but when we hit upon our sparks we are filled with joy and hope and courage and peace. As Isaiah tells us, God will renew our strength, we will run and not be weary! (Isaiah 40:31) Identifying and claiming our sparks will create in us a clean heart and sustain us. (Psalm 51:10-12)

Our sparks will kindle in us the power to be the witnesses – the saints – for those who come after us, those who are searching for heroes and looking for models. Right now, we are planting the seeds for future All Saints Sundays!

God, help us to be ourselves just the way you created us to be.


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