God’s Gifts

F3EC3685-871C-49A2-8A6E-9F1BFFCC2B2A“A person’s gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.”

Proverbs 18:16

This scripture verse circled around inside my head while watching the rain gently fall on my windshield. I was parked near a pond with a pretty fountain and my daughter slept peacefully in the backseat. All was quiet and I finally had time to process the events of the past few days.

My grandfather died this weekend. While I didn’t know him that well his death pulled on my heart like a tight knot. Death always makes me think about life and the way I live it. What does his life teach me about my own life and relationships? What would I do the same or different?

About 8 years ago I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life or what I was good at. I was confident, energetic, and could do well academically. You could really place me in a variety of settings and I’d be successful. But that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to do something that had meaning. Through a series of difficult circumstances I began to open my heart to hearing God’s voice. Opportunities were presented to me and instead of saying “I’ve never done that”,  I started saying “yes”.

There is power in the word “yes”. Had I never tried something new, I never would have known what I was capable of. I learned that I loved connecting people to Jesus through conversation. Those who know me know I love to talk. The red carpet didn’t roll out for me. In fact, as soon as God brought me into the spotlight, He very quickly brought me to the desert. I’m now starting to resurface. I’m once again at the very beginning point of saying “yes”.

To use your gift, you must know your gift. It’s not good enough to simply know your gift, but you must use it. Not in big or grand ways but in the small things. Use what you have. In God’s timing He will bring you to right people. 1 Peter 5:6 says, “humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

The cart doesn’t come before the horse. It takes an open heart, and obedient spirit, and patience for God’s perfect work to be done in our lives. Start where you’re at. If you don’t know what gift God has given you, seek Him for wisdom. If you know your gift and God has placed a burden on your heart, say “yes”. Start being obedient. If you know your gift and you’re being obedient to what He’s called you to do, be patient and continue on. Claim His goodness and faithfulness. Be alert to what He’s doing around you.

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