Finding the Talent Within
When I enter a Salvation Army corps, I notice that there’s no single focus on just one aspect of the teachings of Jesus, nor on one way to worship Him. Whether it’s through dance, music, athletics, or something completely different, I will always find Christ and in a way that empowers me.
In October of 2014, I suffered a concussion while playing soccer. I fell backwards doing a step over on the ball and hit the back of my head. I remained conscious, so I didn’t think the injury would be serious. After a brief rest, I imagined I’d be playing again and participating in tournaments.
Unfortunately, I was wrong. Doctors determined that my soccer playing days were over.
But God had another plan for me.
I began taking music classes at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, N.J. I sang in a play called “This Beautiful City.” The performance helped me overcome shyness.
Soccer had been everything to me. It was how I bonded with my father. It was the talent I thought God had given to me for life. But He took it away to help me see there are other ways to develop connections with Him. God put talents within all of us. They deserve to be revealed and enjoyed.
The Salvation Army is a church that empowers me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It connects with every part of me, and brings out gifts that God has placed in me that I never imagined.
— Lena Marlowe is a soldier at the
Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center in Camden, N.J.