The grass is pretty green here in South Texas after all this rain from Hurricane Dolly. But, are you always looking for something other than what you have?
Have you ever wanted someone else’s career, house, wardrobe, body, lifestyle, friends, or even spiritual gifts?
Those things seem more fun and exciting when someone else has them. You might think your friends are powerful by the job they hold, but you don’t see the struggles that go on in the office. Their house is incredible and perfect for entertaining, but on the inside the family is full of turmoil and bitterness.
I was visiting with a friend recently and we were talking about just these situations. We seem to want what we don’t or can’t have. We began talking about spiritual gifts and how many of us fall into that trap of not being satisfied with what God has gifted us with. How sad that must be for God? He has specifically given you the perfect spiritual gift that He needs you to have to reach others.
All these (spiritual gifts) are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He (God) gives them to each man as He determines. 1 Corinthians 12:11
Have you ever given one of your children a gift they didn’t like? I have and it just crushes your heart and soul.
Read to the end of Chapter 12 and you see you can’t have all the gifts. However, you can eagerly desire the greater gift!
You’re thinking there it is – you knew there was a greater gift – there are gifts better than yours – and you want the greater one!
The greater gift, my friend, is love. LOVE!
Be happy, satisfied and appreciative of the gifts and strengths God has gifted you with and use them to encourage others. Use your gifts in LOVE!
But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but HAVE NOT LOVE, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:3
I say all this to remind myself this morning. God has made it apparent it’s time to begin writing my next Bible study book. This is such an emotional process for me.
I’m your adventurous, spontaneous, and on-the-go kind of girl. To sit behind this computer – well, it’s not my favorite cup of tea.
I am deciding from this day forth that I will write in love – in love because this is a precious gift that God Himself has given me. I want to be grateful and appreciative. Mostly, I want to be used by Him to reach others.
Hey, my grass is already looking greener!
Be amazed! God has gifted you in very special ways. Use those gifts in love.