I’m convinced! Whoever invented the snooze button on alarm clocks obviously had a diabolical purpose, one I have succumbed too for many years sadly. In fact, I did it this morning. Thankfully I only hit it twice…well maybe it was three times…
I was weak!!!
Well now that I’ve had my coffee I can honestly say that I hate that doggone thing! That said, my mission today is to simply leave you a little reminder on how to deal with this pesky little invention.
Stop Snoozing Your Gift!!!
Think about those things that you can do so easily and how others who cannot marvel at your ability to do so. You might even find yourself amazed that you can do it. That, my friend, is a gift from God.
Now, every child of God is endowed with at least one gift while many others are equipped with multiple ones so I have a question for you?
What are you doing with it? With them?
I’ll be transparent a moment.
For years I did nothing with mine. I figured what I had was just “talent”. There was a time I even considered one of my gifts a curse. For instance, I have this awesome ability to pinpoint typos immediately…Editor’s eye…I suppose, but I now consider my eagle eye a gift because though that example is natural, it aligns with what God has given me in that my “spiritual” vision soars beyond my “right now.” Better yet, I also possess the gift to encourage others to not just take that next step but to keep walking.
The problem I had before was that I almost allowed naysayers convince me that I had no business doing anything differently…like dreaming…like walking in a vision too big for most to imagine. But see that’s the beauty of how God works, He equips his children with gifts that are literally meant to change the world and all He asked is that you have faith to make it happen.
I’ve watched God do some pretty awesome things in my life over the years and in the lives of others but when I found myself drafting outlines for books and design plans for a publishing company years ago, I allowed the lies of the enemy distract me from that tug. I allowed the reality of my bank account coax me into forgetting that nothing is impossible for God.
I’m so glad for God’s grace to literally begin again….not just beginning books or plans for my publishing company or even gathering interviews for my upcoming e-zine…His grace really had indeed been sufficient for the things I’d been through and I know that He will see me through this process as well.
The doors that have opened and the Kingdom connections I’ve experienced in just the past few days is proof of His plan.
I could say that I became speechless, but God’s too good for me to clam up and not boast about His goodness. He is El Roi: The God who sees”
Let me tell you…in 2014, you might have had it bad because by all accounts I know I did, but one thing that sustained me is that inkling of hope that things had to get better.
The irony is that had I not gone through the trials and the depression, I would have never tapped into the original source of my discontentment. I would have never had the courage to cry out to the Lord for guidance to help me to forgive my mother. I would have never had the opportunity to truly honor her role as mother regardless of what she did or did not do when I was a child. I was able to grasp God’s perspective of her and myself. I was able to completely pack up that baggage of guilt and shame that had me tied down for nearly twenty years. I’m so much lighter and better for it! My smile is genuine all the time now and I’m looking forward to its permanence no matter what comes my way because I know God always has my best interest in mind.
That said, given this lightened load, I now have the confidence to load my plate with the things that matter…the things that I should have been focused upon years ago…my writing…my encouragement…my publishing…my ministry…well, I guess blog family, you’ll be the first to know that I’m working on four books simultaneously!!!
Ecclesiastes 5 English Standard Version
5 [a] Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2 [b] Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes with much business and a fool’s voice with many words.
4 When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Let not your mouth lead you[c] into sin, and do not say before the messenger[d] that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;[e] but[f] God is the one you must fear.
While it seems a bit daunting when the idea dropped in my spirit to do that, I immediately recalled that nothing is impossible with God, so I’m going with God on this. Furthermore, I understand why I’ve always been a constant multi-tasker. My Father reminded me this morning of this scripture that I want to leave you with:
John 4:35 English Standard Version
35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
Essentially, before I realized again all that God put me on this earth to do for His glory, I assumed that one person couldn’t do that much…more aptly…that I was not worthy of being that person. Yet, again…He led me to Jesus’ example…one man…one purpose…literally saved the world.
So blog family, I encourage you to begin seeing your problems as steps to His goal for your life. Stop thinking you have all day or that you need a little more time to laze the day away because though the option to snooze your gifts is available, pressing it doesn’t really give you more rest. Rather, those few extra minutes, hours, days, or even years only give you just enough shut-eye to make you restless and weary because you find that when you finally get the nerve to get up and get going, you’ve wasted the time that could have been spent in a more productive way.
No task is too big for God so know that He understood exactly what He was doing when He decided to choose YOU to pull it off. All He asks is that you do what you can and that you trust that He already has done the rest.
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