Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11
God has blessed me with the ability to write, to be creative and visionary. He blessed me with the gift of intuition that is so strong at times it can be unnerving. He blessed me with the strength to pick myself up every time I fall down, to pick myself up every time I face loss, to move myself every time I don’t think I can take that next step, and to get out of my own way.
That doesn’t mean that I’m always walking in that strength. Nope. I oftentimes find myself in my way, and as a result, blocking my blessings. God’s working on me.
God has blessed me to see the goodness in people, discern the light from the dark, see the healthy ‘fruits’ from the rotten ones, and make decisions based on His truth and not my desires.
It doesn’t mean I haven’t failed miserably in these areas by not using the tools and skills He gave me. I know that when I’m stressed, depressed, or fearful, I make the biggest of blunders. I make the worst decisions because my state of mind and heart is not healthy, and it’s not properly aligned with Him.
God has blessed me with the ability to still be childlike. This allows my inner child to come out and connect with children. Adults get so consumed with adulting that we put up walls that block that perfect connection. Believe it or not, this ability also allows me to connect with people who feel weak and scared. My inner child shares uplifting words and empowering images with their inner child. We are then both strengthened to resume our life’s journey without being overwhelmed with our roles in it.
I just have to remember how to harness the energy in a healthy way, so the childlike does not fearfully become childish.
God has touched my life in a way that gives me constant hope for my future, and the future of mankind. Even in loss and chaos I am learning to feel and be more secure. I keep reminding myself that there’s nothing that surprises God—He’s already worked it out. It’s not easy to do but God’s reward is worth the effort.
Knowing all of this why wouldn’t I share my gifts, talents, and blessings with the world? Why wouldn’t I find ways to express His goodness in my life so that it might touch and possibly change the lives of others? It’s fear that gets in the way. It unfolds as the branches of arrogance, pride, selfishness and greed. These branches convince us to hoard our gifts for ourselves and share with only those who we see fit to receive.
God doesn’t bless us for us to keep the blessings to ourselves. We’re supposed to spread our wealth to and with others. Through our sharing we are all connected and He is glorified. So let’s look at what we are good at and what thrive in, and then think of ways to share our talents with others…and then DO IT!
Father, You have given me many gifts, talents, and blessings; more than I can even count. It would be a dishonor to You if I don’t fully use the ones that I’m aware of.
You have blessed me with intuition which is a direct portal to You. It churns loudly when I may not hear your voice. You have provided me with the best example of how to live, by sharing Your son Jesus. Thank You Father. Thank You for providing me with the road map, the script, the blueprint, the outlines, the vision board, and the story board for how to live my life.
Let my thoughts, words, and actions be molded by Jesus’ example, through You Lord. When I walk and speak let the world see Christ in me. Mold me Father. Remove the darkness inside of me and infuse Your lightness so that there is no room for anything but Your goodness.
I know this won’t be easy. I know that I will continue to be tested and tempted to stray from You and my path. I will work each day to turn my head from temptation of all kinds, in all forms. The more time that I invest in temptation the more that I fail You and Jesus—which means I am failing myself. I don’t want that.
Father, I will work each day to face down and overcome envy, pride, arrogance, jealousy, greed, lust, fear, rage, and revenge. Instead let me turn to, be comforted by, uplifted in, and satisfied with You and the journey called life that You have gifted me. Help me to free myself of all things and people that serve as baggage and aren’t meant to be a part of me. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.
Your spiritual sister in Christ
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