God is so good! Sometimes He gives us gifts we didn’t ask for and weren’t expecting. I’m not talking about a car or something you can hold; though often He gives those gifts too. I’m talking about the gifts and talents that He has put inside us.
He made us, and knows the plans He has for us, He knows the gifts He put inside us; often for a specific season. For us, it’s exciting when we discover something new that God has given us to use or to do!
Oooh! Look! A Present!
In my case, in the last few months, God has given me the desire to write a blog and share what He puts on my heart. To me, this seemed to come completely out of the blue. I have never been a writer nor been particularly interested in writing. I didn’t take many writing classes in school, and I didn’t like the ones I did take. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not by nature a wordy person. And yet, here I am; proof that when you give God permission to do what He wants with your life, all kinds of good things can happen.
What about you? Have you felt a kind of itchiness inside? Maybe you’ve had thoughts or a desire to do something totally new and unfamiliar to you? Why not give it a try? God could be opening a whole new area to you.
Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart”. Mind you, that’s good desires. If you have a desire to do something wrong or illegal, God is not the one that placed that particular desire in your heart!
He is the one that gives us the desire to do the things that go along with His plan for our lives. Maybe you are dreaming about starting your own business, or you find yourself thinking about homeschooling your kids. Or going back to school yourself. Could be you find yourself thinking about leading a Bible study or going out and ministering to people on the street.
God gives each of us different desires. Aren’t we glad? How boring it would be if we were all doing the same thing. When God puts a desire in our hearts it becomes something we want to do, even if its something we have never thought of doing before. And it doesn’t feel like work; we can enjoy it!
Here’s the way I look at it. If you have a desire in your heart to do something, give it God and ask Him what you should do with it. Psalm 37:5 says “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass”. If we can honestly say that we want God’s will in our lives, then we can be confident that He will show us what to do, where to start and when to start.
If you are waiting until you feel you are doing something “right” or “perfect” before you step out and do what God has called you to do; you may never do it. And what a loss that would be to the world.
You could be the one that starts a new business that employs 100’s of people. Or the one that writes a book that inspires thousands, and leads people to the Lord. Maybe you’re the one who would stop to pray for a stranger on the street, and change their life forever. Perhaps you’re the musician who would write that song that speaks to peoples hearts, and gives them the hope they so desperately need.
Author Leo Buscaglia said, “Our talents are the gifts that God gives to us…what we make of our talents is our gift back to God”.
Step up. Take a leap of faith. Just start. But, be sure that God gets the glory for what you accomplish with the gifts He has given you. He gives us those gifts for a reason; there is an eternal purpose to the things we do. Without Him, trying to do these things on our own they can vanish like a puff of smoke and accomplish nothing.
God is on the move! It seems like all around me I see people stepping into new things. Perfecting new talents, starting new areas of ministry, getting bold in the things of God. It’s exciting! I can’t wait to see what you will do with the gifts that God has given to you! Come on, let your light shine!