This morning, at our amazing McAlder campus, I had the privilege of attending this year’s Talent Share. Notice I did not say talent contest. Why? Because this is an opportunity for our students to experience and to know that we are each gifted with different talents.
Romans 12:6-8 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
What a wonderful opportunity that our students have! They get to share whatever talent they feel they want to show people. Of course, I knew it was going to be an awesome time I even anticipated that I would be touched. What I did not prepare for was the enormity of what the Holy Spirit would reveal to me from the very beginning until the end of this show.
Before I even stepped foot into the gym, I noticed a rumble of excitement moving through the campus. It seemed that everyone had some extra pep in his or her step. I attributed it to the beautiful rays of sunshine that kissed the open fields until I heard a parent say, “Today is the talent share. We are so excited!”
As I entered the room, I immediately noticed teachers praying with a young woman who appeared to be a little nervous. My eyes were then drawn to other people who were giving encouragement and empowering students to be who they are called to be. This was being done with smiles, hugs, high fives, and words. As quick as my heart began to warm from that reality, it then skipped to the 6th graders who were helping to move chairs, the parents who were building relationship (all with such warm smiles on their faces), and the many children who could hardly contain their joy as they prepared to see their peers walk out their gifts.
Like it says in Corinthians 12:12, it takes all parts to move the body. “There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.”
The show began, and the blessings just continued to show themselves. I saw students who were learning to speak or perform with confidence in public; and others who were respectfully practicing active listening. Our KPrep students were wide eyed as they “looked up” to where they will soon be.
I was surrounded by celebration as everyone cheered. Self-confidence grew as the performers received these affirmations. I was, and still am, blown away by just how many things God allowed me to see in each single moment. Children of all ages overcame their nerves, and a community – no, a tribe - of kingdom-builders rejoiced at what God is doing on this campus.
When I saw a dad bring flowers over to his sweet daughter, I knew I was truly seeing so much more. This talent share was about God’s goodness! The gospel is being delivered through so many avenues here at Cascade Christian and people, both the young and the more mature (haha) are receiving it. Collaboration, unity, and shared vision lit up the room in an unexplainable way.
From piano playing to nacho making, it was a fun time for all of us. As I returned to my office I was approached by a mom (new to our campus this year), and she shared with me how much she enjoyed being a part of it, and that she is already feeling more prepared for next year.
I see you Jesus, I see you and I. Love. This. Place.
Watch for more photos on our McAlder Campus Facebook page!