The Cartwheel – Gymnastics is not my Gift

Gymnastics – Definitely not my gift

When I was a young girl, cartwheels were a lot of fun and something I could do well. My friends and I could cartwheel, run, jump, flip and do all kinds of stuff with our bodies as young, potential gymnasts (some in our minds). But to be honest, gymnastics was not my gift.

Age with time

A few years ago, I decided to relive my glory days and show off my cartwheeling skills.


My cartwheel was anything but graceful, and I thought I broke both shoulders when I came back up from touching the ground. Of course, everyone laughed including me -eventually. But what hit me was I realized I couldn’t do what I used to do, and I should never attempt another cartwheel, back bend or penny drop – EVER!

Things change

Those kinds of things happen to all of us at some time or another. We may not be able to do gymnastics anymore, ride horses, work, or do the things we love to do, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be used by God to do His work. We can all be used by God no matter what stage of life we’re in.

Here’s an example

Take a look at what it says in Genesis 17:15-17:
“Then God said to Abraham, “As for your wife, you must no longer call her Sarai; Sarah will be her name. I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her, and she will become a mother of nations. Kings of countries will come from her!” Then Abraham bowed down with his face to the ground and laughed as he said to himself, “Can a son be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”

No laughing matter

Admittedly, I’m not suggesting you all run out and get pregnant. God was making a covenant with Abraham. He was going to make him a father to the multitude of nations. That must have felt like a big responsibility to Abraham. The point being – even at 100 years old, Abraham was still used by God to bring about nations, and multitudes of people whom God would be their God, and they would serve him.

Never discount what God can do in you and through you! We may reach the golden years and think God can no longer use us to bring Him glory. But as we read in the Genesis account, we are never too old to be used by God.

We can still change lives.

Let’s pray

Lord, may we always remember no matter what stage of life we’re in, that we can be used for your good purposes to further your kingdom and your righteousness. May we seek direction from you as to how best we can do that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

In His Service,
Jeanette Duby, The Teaching Lady

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