Gifts + God
"You Will Never See A U-Haul Behind A Hearse"
I was watching a video Today and Denzel Washington shared some wisdom. God has put an anointing on each and every one of us and blessed all with gifts and talents.
I recently came across this verse: "In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you." Romans 12:6
Speaking on behalf of myself, sometimes I humble myself too much. Don't get me wrong, I know they say that if you can call yourself humble, then you're not that humble at all. But, this is an exception and you'll find out why.
I have a tendency to hold back, to not completely believe in myself, to doubt my talents and simply to neglect them. I am human so I won't sit here and act as if I am perfect and doing just as God called me to do. I back up that last statement with this though, I may not know Gods will for my life, but I am doing what I can to find out.
So back to the topic of our God given gifts. In this world, in this society, this generation, how easy is it to be pulled into the rapture of someone else's dreams. We see what others around us are doing, how their life looks so perfect, that we forget about our own dreams, omit the fact that they too may go through a struggle to get where they are and we try to reach their goals living their dreams. We all have a gift. We all have a skill, a talent, some sort of ability that God felt would be perfect for us.
You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse. I bet people take the idea of this quote and make a reference back to possessions. I do believe that to be true, but I also believe it to be the calling and gifts that God has given us. When I reach the doors of heaven, I pray that I can say to God, "I have nothing." I want to say, "I have nothing because I used all of what You have given me." I can not take up my possession, that's obvious. But I definitely do not want to go to my Father and disappoint Him because He gave me the gift that I needed in this lifetime, on this earth, to do HIS will. See, I learned that these gifts are more than just me. These gifts are bigger than what I even think myself to be.
I want to be known as the woman of God who used all that God has given her and continuously prayed to be used by God. I want people of this world to see what God has given them. I want them to realize that just because you see others on top, doesn't mean that God will not bring you there also. But also to understand that at the top is not the only place you receive blessings. There is always support on the bottom of a building, the root of a plant, the feet that our body walks on, etc, that is keeping that very thing that is up "top" standing.
You can not bring your gifts with you to heaven. Even if you can, you can not. Use what God has given you. Be used by Him. Even if you feel as if you're gift is not enough, it's not about how much or the quality of that gift upon acknowledging it. It is about what you plan to do with what you DO have.
I procrastinate. But I am also an artist. I doubt myself. But I also believe in Jesus Christ. I have fallen short before. But I have also been blessed with at least one gift that is useful to not only myself, but to others and God. I can make excuses. But I can also make moves. I can live for others. But I decide to live for Christ. I can give up. But I can also give up praises to the one who saved me.
We first had a choice to follow Christ. Now we also have a choice to do His will and to use what He has given us.
Have faith and believe.
Date: October 7, 2014