At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died (Acts 9:36, 37). We don’t know much about this woman except that she was from a place called Joppa, she was a disciple and she made the tunics and garments for the widows in her community and she died from an illness.
The widows mourned her death because of her kindness and generosity toward them. They showed Peter the tunics and garments she had made for them. No doubt they rejoiced when Peter brought her back to life.
Dorcas is a great example of someone who used her talent to bless others. She was good at making garments and she dedicated her time doing just that. In a sense she was serving her community by providing these things for the widows.
What are your talents? Are you a great cook? Do you love writing? What about singing? One of my co-workers likes to knit. She has knitted beautiful baby blankets for other co-workers and me. She makes dresses. She also loves to cook. These are gifts that she has used to bless others. If English is your favorite topic, you should consider tutoring someone who is not good at it. If reading is your thing, think about visiting a nursing home and reading to the patients. If you are a person who loves to cook, think about having a bake sale and donating the money to a charity.
If you like helping people, there are many charities looking for volunteers. You can enter a mentorship program. If you like planting, you can help out at a shelter. If you are great at baby-sitting, why not volunteer to look after the kids at a women’s shelter? You can be a part of the shelter’s Homework Club. The possibilities are endless.
Think of how you can use your talent or hobby to help others. Let Dorcus be your inspiration!