God is Not an Indian Giver

My ears and heart are perked up to the subject of Spiritual Gifts because we are in the middle of a series on the Spirit Led life and also because my friend Angela just published her book, Beautifully Gifted.

It seems many of us are in need of is a better sense of our wiring and how we are gifted.  The avenue to discover that is still something I’m unsure of.  Having grown up in the decade in which we were “tested” to discover our gifts and talents, coming away to declare them more than demonstrate them kind of put me off a bit.  Personally, I think the best way to go about finding your gift is to ask God to show you, do a little self-discovery to understand what it is you do that you can’t NOT do… what it is that you do that makes you feel alive, that helps you sense God’s presence and pleasure {cue theme song from Chariots of Fire} and of course hear it from the mouth of someone who knows you.  Angela’s book and workshops help to facilitate these things.

Last week, one of my dearest friends came to speak to a women’s group at our church.  She had spent years leading and teaching through Young Life, youth ministries at local churches and women’s ministries until she finally decided to pull away and tend to the youth group that was growing under her roof.  It had been a while since she taught but when she opened her mouth last week, God brought it through a deeply moving and gracious message on contentment.  A message that all of us moms needed to hear.

As she was speaking it occurred to me… when God gives us gifts he doesn’t take them back. 

He may change the course of our lives as such that His gifts are manifested in different ways through us.  There may be seasons when we are called to a different place and to different responsibilities. Yet the Creator God is even creative in the way in which He chooses to gift pieces of Himself to us and through us.  Our gifts are given to us for the common good so they are not for us they are for those who He has placed us with.  When we bloom where we are planted it’s for all to enjoy, benefit and in effect, be changed.

Sometimes I get tangled in the now and fret about the things in my heart I think need attention right now…before its too late.  Yet I see more clearly that sometimes the now is just the now… and if I spend too much time thinking about what isn’t right now… I’ll miss the now and the next may not be quite as good.

“What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.   He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.”

~ Ecclesiastes 3:9-14 

3 thoughts on “God is Not an Indian Giver

  1. Wow – God spoke this to my heart just this morning. What confirmation and encouragement! If we’re always looking too far ahead we can miss the moments right in front of us, and how God is using us still… Thank you 🙂

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