I have some phenomenal friends that are so clearly using the gifts that God has given them, that I am both blessed by their belief and challenged to trust that the gifts He has given me, are valuable and valid in all that He is calling me to do.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” – I Peter 4:10
All of us have been given gifts by God and are called to use them to extend grace and to serve others. Our charge is to bless and serve others as we have been blessed and served. No two gifts look the same, nor are they expressed exactly the same way. I think it is easy to fall into the fallacy that God’s gifts are limited to teaching or serving in “traditional” ways. Yes, teaching is a gift, various aspects of ministry are a gift, community service is a gift, yet there are numerous other presents that God has placed in people to bless and serve others.
The hours being spent on this mural project, have been some of my sweetest stints of the summer so far. Also, I wake each morning with an anticipation as to what God is going to teach me as I read and then process in writing. As I do these things, I find His presence and His peace – present.
I am discovering that it is in doing these things that I enjoy the most, God graciously takes my token and uses it to bless others. It is overwhelming to think that by risking exposure as I write and as I convey mental images to canvas, I am actually being available to share God’s grace with others. In doing the very things that bring delight to my being and soothe my soul, I can clearly feel my Heavenly Father’s pleasure and presence. Likewise, I am amazed and overwhelmed by the responses that return to me through what is presented. By taking what God is teaching me and sharing how it is impacting my life, He can use it to speak to the souls of those in need.
What a beautiful blessing to behold. The things that I enjoy most, are actually gifts of grace given by God. This revelation challenges me to charge ahead in faith, trusting that He will continue to meet me as I follow His instruction in my life and further grow the gifts He has granted.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present