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Happy Sunday! Today’s chapter finishes up the discussion on your abilities and how to use them in the Church and beyond. One interesting aspect about this chapter is that it talks about how to use the “bad” thing and/or trials that you have gone through as your ministry. This is definitely been something that has been on my spirit for a while, about a year, to do. I haven’t completely figured out how but when I do I guess that is when I will have to act.
It is interesting that just yesterday or the day before yesterday, I talked about how I have always gotten more out of hearing that someone who is “prominent” in ministry or any Christian really that dealt with a struggle or hard situation and were STILL able to stay close to God or get stronger in God or come to God in the first place than someone who says I’ve always known God and everything has always gone well, not that such people exist, we all go through in our own way, but you get my point :)…hopefully.
Your Unique Ability is Needed
One thing that was stressed yesterday and today is that we are all made uniquely to make a unique contribution here on earth. And an additional support to the idea of just how unique we are is:
…your brain can store 100 trillion facts. Your mind can handle 15,000 decisions a second, as is the case when your digestive system is working. Your nose can smell up to 10,000 different odors. Your touch can detect an item 1/25,000th of an inch thick, and your tongue can taste one part of quinine in 2 million parts of water. You are a bundle of incredible abilities, an amazing creation of God.
Basically, even science supports your uniqueness 🙂
“God Never Wastes a Hurt”
One of the first Bible verses I committed to memory was Ecclesiastics 3:1, “To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven [NKJV].” The whole first section of this chapter talks about how there is a time to live and a time to die a time for war and a time for peace and more. I think one of the messages that Rev. Warren is sharing in this chapter touches on this in a new way showing that even bad things happen(ed) for a reason and with God these bad things can be used for good. In this chapter the following is shared:
God intentionally allows you to go through painful experiences to equip you for ministry to others. The Bible says, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us [2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT].” If you really desire to be used by God, you must understand a powerful truth: The very experiences that you have resented or regretted most in life — the ones you’ve wanted to hide and forget — are the experiences God wants to use to help others. They are your ministry! For God to use your painful experiences, you must be willing to share them. You have to stop covering them up, and you must honestly admit your faults, failures, and fears. Doing this will probably be your most effective ministry. People are always more encouraged when we share how God’s grace helped us in weakness than when we brag about our strengths.
I feel its important to say that using your pain or bad experiences is not me or Rev. Warren, I’m assuming, saying that you shouldn’t feel how you feel when going through these situations. I feel that working through your feelings is important in order to move forward from any situation that is encountered. What I see the book saying is along the lines of paying it forward. Why not help someone avoid what you went through or help someone who is in what you were in to get out sooner? For me it makes that old pain a bit more bearable if I’ve done something to make sure others don’t go through what I went through. Let us all help each other make this world a better place than we left it and then take those tools to heaven for whatever God has planned for us there too 🙂
Today’s Q2C is, “What God-given ability or personal experience can I offer my church?”
Well as I have shared I do share some of my abilities and experiences with my church by serving in the witnessing ministry. I also give my time and Spanish skills during the back to school and holiday drives. One thing I could figure out how to give to my church is my experience with an addiction I had as a pre-teen. Going through that is one of the reasons why I feel its so important for the Church to talk about all topics from the Bible perspective even the ones that make the adults talking about it uncomfortable.
Hasta luego…si Dios quiere,