He’s Ha-Ruach, the Wild Goose, or the Holy Spirit, but not the third wheel.

I’ve been having a little pity party lately—in a funk and wondering what I should be doing with my life. If you’re like me, maybe you are grateful for a job but not really working your passion. Do you sometimes question whether you’re on the right path or if you’re fulfilling a purpose? I’m also one of those people who like to be recognized for good and hard work and desire fairness in the world. That often leads to disappointment which leads back to being bummed out.

Recently, after some passionate prayer, God in His wonderful and wise way gave me guidance and comfort. Our new sermon series at church is all about the Holy Spirit. I was struck by how much He (yes, He, not it) is present in our lives. Without the Holy Spirit, we would be dust. He pumps our hearts and breathes life into us.

Our Pastor Mark said this morning that the Holy Spirit was like a humming bird, hovering over us at all times. I thought that was very prophetic because lately my niece and I have been spotting humming birds flying around. Something I haven’t noticed before. Gotta love those Godly coincidences.

The Holy Spirit fights for us—He contends for us—He helps us see the truth and fills the voids in our lives. And yet He gets treated like the third wheel instead of an equal part of the Holy Trinity. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all important. I felt bad for the Holy Spirit, thinking about how much I don’t like my efforts to be ignored or taken advantage of. But on He goes, acting as our champion and guide, and not expecting anything in return.

So I’m going to start my days from now on thanking the Spirit and asking Him to fill me with his fruits. Love, joy, kindness, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

And I’m going to be thankful that the Spirit is given to all of us to complete God’s work, whatever that may be. After all, in Exodus, we are told that God filled Bezalel with the Spirit so that he could create the ark just as God wanted it done. Bezalel wasn’t a preacher or missionary, he was an artist and we are all God’s masterpieces so we can do good works here on earth.

I may not understand what God wants me to do with my gifts, I’m just an average business person, but they are His gifts to me and I’ll keep praying that somehow I’m doing my part in His perfect plan. Even if that means a few frustrating tears once in awhile.

Romans 8:26-27

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.”

In the beginning.

Welcome to the first post for the Masterpiece Fund! Let’s talk for a minute about what the Masterpiece Fund is and how it relates to you and the gifts and blessings you’ve been given.

Everyone has gifts. Some use their gifts to fight injustice, others can talk to anyone anywhere and become a trusted friend with a shoulder to cry on, some quietly add up numbers or create schedules, some inspire through sermons, blogs and speeches, and others write checks. I’ve always been one of those “write checks” kind of people. But I know God wants more from me. He wants me to be more involved, sacrifice some of my time that I so greatly value and be part of the larger community—take an active role in the life of others.

So, I started using my gifts by setting up the Masterpiece Fund. Yes, I wrote a check. And now comes the more. What my gifts are and how they can be used, I’m still working out, but for now I’m going to write this blog and hopefully provide inspiration, stories, resources, laughs, and things to think about for you and all the friends you share this with. And I’ve started volunteering a little more here and there. This “keep-options-open-introverted-girl” is making some commitments and loving it.

I started the Masterpiece Fund because I wanted to honor my brother’s memory. My big brother Greg passed away in 2012 and took a chunk of my heart with him. Greg was a father of four beautiful children, a great son to parents who outlived him and a wonderful friend to many, including his little sister who hung around all the time getting fixes of family life and laughs with him and the kids. Greg was a wonderful role model. He loved the Lord and wanted more than anything else to spend eternity with his family. He taught his children faithfully and loved and cared about people whether or not they were in a relationship with Jesus. Through his faith and love, and just how he conducted his life, he showed me the kind of life I wanted to live. Yes, Christians can have fun and they can have problems and they are normal people. I saw that through him and was able to open my heart to Jesus. So I want everyone to remember my brother not only because he was such a big part of my life but also because his principles are worth sharing and praising. If Greg were here today he would turn the limelight off him and turn it toward God. That is exactly what we are going to do through the Masterpiece Fund. Praise God and glorify Him through his blessings.

It is with humble prayer that I ask God to bless the Masterpiece Fund. Through this fund, we can do God’s work on His earth. We will seek the poor and abused of this world—not turning away because it’s too hard to witness the sad brutality of their lives or because we feel we can’t save the world. We will face them head on with love in our hearts and prayers for their healing and hopefully some hard cash for resources that will lift up their lives with food, shelter, safety, advocates, education, enlightenment, counseling, and more.

Please help us do what Jesus did for the crowds. Let’s have faith and pray that He will turn a few loaves of bread and fish into enough to feed thousands. Let’s have faith and prayer that He will use the Masterpiece Fund to provide resources both monetary and spiritual that will heal and lead to salvation for His children. Let’s have faith and prayer that word will get out and others will feel inspired by the Holy Spirit to use their gifts to help others.

If you have resources to share, want to use your gifts to help us, want to write a blog post, share your experiences and testimonies, tell stories about God’s work you’ve witnessed, have prayer requests or answered prayers to share, please write to the Masterpiece Fund at donations@masterpiecefund.org.

Please share this with all your friends and family, co-workers, church members and leaders, and anyone you want to inspire.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.