The Gift That Grows
I am linking up with Bonnie the Faith Barista for Faith JAM today. She has challenged us with this question:
What is a passion or interest you’d like to nurture and grow?
I have to admit, the first few things that came to my mind were not necessarily things that I am extremely gifted in; yet my heart truly desires to be used by the Lord in these areas to touch the lives of others. I want to excel in everything that I do — being a wife, mother, administrative assistant, singer, intercessor, painter, writer, blogger. I believe that God pours out different measures of grace for these areas of my life. Some things I will do better than others. But no matter what I do, I am called to do all things for the glory of God.
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
I love to sing and I am thankful for the opportunity to sing in our House of Prayer. Do I sing as well as the other singers? No. But God sees my heart and I believe that He uses what little talent I have in this area for His glory.
I love to paint and am blessed to fellowship in a place that embraces the freedom of expression and will allow me to paint during worship services. Are my paintings as anointed as the one standing next to me? Probably not. But again, God sees my heart. He sees the “yes” in my spirit and He gives me His stamp of approval.
I am addicted to blogging, and am only just now realizing that I can actually write. Is my writing as poetic or captivating as someone else’s? I don’t know. But then again, I am me, and they are them, and I am called to write like me, to bring glory to the Lord.
I desire to be a beautiful singer, an anointed painter, and a writer that touches the heart of God, as well as others. And even though I may not be as gifted in these areas as others, God sees my willingness. I have said, “pick me, I will do it”, and I’ve stepped into these areas with a joyful heart, a teachable spirit, and a desire to make His name known. And because I have the right attitude, I believe that God is and will continue to bless these areas in my life. These gifts were planted in seed form in my heart by the Lord. As I continue to step out in faith in these areas, He waters them and causes them to grow. I am thankful that He gives me the desires of my heart as I purpose to delight in Him and His ways.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
Visit us at the Faith Baista JAM for more thoughts on this topic.