Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Using our Gifts or Abusing our Gifts...

Have you ever taken a personality test or character assessment and found out you had some talents that were yet to be pursued and developed?  I had that happen a few years ago, and I was just remniscing about this last evening.

If we have gifts and don't use them, what does that say about us?  If we don't know they are there, then I suppose it doesn't give us anything to look at, but if we know we are gifted in, say, music, for example.  I am gifted in music.  I have been in a choir of some sort since I was 4 years old.  I played piano as a child and guitar and flute at some point.  I have a natural gifting and it is easy for me, but at the same time, there are seasons in my life when music has taken a back seat.  Like right now.  I have been very busy with so many other things, that I am not in a choir, I am not in a band, I am not playing guitar or piano at all, and my memory of these instruments has faded.

Is this abuse of the gift of music?  Some might say yes.  In a way, I think I might agree. 

Do you have a gift you've used in the past and think that season has passed?  Is it time to bring those gifts back to the forefront and take them for a whirl?  I sometimes wonder about the college education I received and worked so hard to complete.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Ministry with a Specialization in Leadership from Florida Christian College.  I worked hard to complete this degree, took many courses in ministry and leadership.  I have an Associate of Arts from Dutchess Community College which represents a variety of coursework heavily concentrated in English, Science, History and Psychology.  I love to learn, and I enjoy new things.  I dig from the deep coffers of my educational soup in my brain every day.  The leadership courses and environmental courses I took work together with faith to build a great resource for encouraging and empowering others to be the best representative that they have been created to be. 

So, as I consider the education I have, the gifts I have been given and the great resources at my disposal, all I can continue to think is, wow.  I really don't even touch the surface of my capabilities most days.  Why?  I'm not sure.  I love so many things and enjoy so many things that I'm not sure where to stop and where to start sometimes.  Helping others find focus and energy is easy for me, but helping myself...not so easy. 

This is when I realized that this is by design.  God created us to be in community with one another.  If I could help myself, I wouldn't need to turn to the Lord or turn to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to assist me in maintaining the right attitude, the right focus and the right vision for my life.  I thank God that I cannot live this life in a bubble and that there are so many wonderful people to help me through it.  I know that you may feel this same way sometimes.  Look for a faithful friend and ask them to help you find your focus.  This is one gift you can give them today.  It will allow them to look at themselves as well.  Helping others encourages us.  It is through giving that we receive.  "I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths." Proverbs 4:11
Blessings and Joy to you!

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