Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Use it or Lose it!

Pray for my son.  He is at church camp this week and we got a call last night that he hurt his knee.  We had to drive 90 minutes to go pick him up, another 30 to a hospital to have his knee xrayed, found out it is sprained badly, another 30 minutes back to camp (because he was not going to leave), and another 90 minuets back home.  He is on crutches and in an immobilizer brace.
Pray for my mom too.  She had her hip replaced a few years ago.  When I called Dad this morning to tell him about Timm, he told he that mom's hip, leg, and foot hurt to the point where she was having trouble walking.  She goes to the doctor at 2ish.  I'll update when I know something.

1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
What's your special gift?  I can tell you many people's gifts, but for me it's hard to tell my own.  Is it for you?  My husband is a worker, and loves to cook for others.  My daughter is an encourager and a loyal friend.  My son?  He is great with special needs kids, and loves to make people laugh.  Me?  Well, I guess I am okay with writing and I do sing pretty well. 

One thing that is wonderful about being apart of God's family and our church family is that we are all different.  None of us have the exact same talents.  But we have to learn to work together and get along to make things work.  Sometimes each of our ideas can get in the way of others and when we disagree it causes the "well oiled machine" not to work as well.  When Mike and I were planning our wedding, my mom would come to me with ideas.  I'd look at her and say, "No, we aren't doing that."  Then I would think about it for a while and mull it over.  I would then go back to her about three days later and say, "Yeah, I think that idea would be good."  We went on like this for quite a while.  Everything turned out well, so I am grateful for her ideas.

When each of us have our own gifts to bring to the table, we have to be willing to share them.  Does it matter that there are four other cooks?  Does it matter that Julie's creativity for making costumes is better than my sewing?  No!  Jump in there and use your gift, helping where you can.  You helping out another Christian and asking for nothing in return will just using the grace that God has given us.  Besides, someday you may needs someone's gifts to help you out.


  1. i'm the same as you - for the longest time i swore God missed me in the "great spirtual gift handout"

  2. Just prayed for your family!!

  3. Hi visiting from iFellowship. I will say a prayer for your family. Hmmm spirtual gifts well I know I am a creative person. I love being creative and have been able to use that talent for the Lord by heading up VBS decorations at my church in the past. I love working with children too and I do have a heart of service and encouragement. Praise God for how he has gifted us all. I think spirtual gifts are as simple as what you enjoy to do.