30 Days Down! 10 Days to Go!
Let the official home stretch countdown begin 🙂
Today’s topic is learning about your gifts and how to figure out what they are. Rev. Warren focuses on the fact that each of us has our own set of gifts from God to be used in His ministry and more generally to make the world a better place. As an extension of this, we need everyone to use their gifts because if not there is something that we are not receiving. He shares in this chapter, “When we use our gifts together, we all benefit. If others don’t use their gifts, you get cheated, and if you don’t use your gifts, they get cheated.”
An Important Note on Spiritual Gifts
Today’s chapter was shorter as it was an intro chapter to an idea that will be discussed over the next two chapters but there is one passage that I want to share from this chapter that I think is important. I am also sharing this because at times I have felt sad that I wasn’t as “spiritually advanced” as those around me (as an overachiever I tend to place people around me who are more advanced which helps me get ahead but can also frustrate me when I forget that they are further along than I am). Luckily, I heard some sermons around this area and so I don’t tend to suffer from this frustration as much, but…I do have my moments. Anyway, check out this passage and remember it. The short of it is that your gifts are needed just as you have made it this far because of the gifts of others :):
Whenever we forget these basic truths about gifts, it always causes trouble in the church. Two common problems are “gift-envy” and “gift-projection.” The first occurs when we compare our gifts with others’, feel dissatisfied with what God gave us, and become resentful or jealous of how God uses others. The second problem happens when we expect everyone else to have our gifts, do what we are called to do, and feel as passionate about it as we do. The Bible says, “There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving [1 Corinthians 12:5 NLT].”
Today’s Q2C is, “In what way can I see myself passionately serving others and loving it?”
Well I love languages and I love technology and I love sharing information about the environment so anything that will allow me to do that I am happy about. I have volunteered during back to school and Thanksgiving and Christmas drives at my church because I can use my Spanish skills to talk with some of the people in need that come. I also get to use my Spanish in the witnessing ministry that I am a part of. Finally, I have found that I like serving by doing “menial tasks” mainly because many people don’t like to do those types of activities but its something that I can do and do what I want with. Those in charge of events and spaces where these tasks need to get done have been grateful for my joy in serving here, lol.
Until the next time…