Use Your Gifts :: Nun-Chuck Skills
What is the best thing about a gift? What is the first thing you think when you open that package? WOW… this is mine. I get to use this. Isn’t that a great feeling?! (Unless, my friend, you receive skinny-wimpy-socks. Then… you’re kind of just stuck.) (On the contrary, if you are the type [as I happen to be] to ask for socks, and you receive awesome woolen lumberjack socks… Wear those babies with pride.)
And, believe me or not, God has given us all gifts. And not skinny-wimpy-sock gifts, either; you got the real deal. I’m talking about both spiritual gifts, as well as Napolean Dynamite’s nun-chuck skills kind of gifts. (If you have those… You are blessed, friend.) There are things you can do like nobody else can. (See Dancing with Llamas.) These are gifts, not just coincidences. When God formed you, he stood up above and said, “Not only will he draw, he will have amazing nun-chuck skills.” (If that happens to be your… gift.)
But your gift comes with a requirement. You have to use it. At least, according to… well, God. Look at Romans 12:6-8.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
I have felt called in this way recently. I have the gift of creative ability. But sometimes [/too often] I neglect it. (It is so much easier to write a quick, witty Facebook post then to sit down and work on my WIP. [Work in progress.] Nobody Facebook-likes a WIP.) But I’ve always said that my goal is to honor God through writing. So I am sitting down and digging into it like I haven’t in weeks.
A summary of everything I’m trying to say, then, would be this: You have the gift of hospitality? Have people over. Creative ability? Use it. Intercessor? Pray like crazy. Sing. Dance. Skate. Paint. Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Until the next…