The Neverending Gift
[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]T[/mk_dropcaps]oday we wrap up our discussion on gifts. The last 3 posts on gifts address the importance of boldness, embracing vulnerability as a part of the package, and refusing the Trojan Horse gift of comparison. All of these help us understand what it takes to strengthen our unique gifts. Yet, I purposefully did not address what the journey looks like to find your gifts. Why, you ask? Not even one of us will have the same process as another. All that matters is that we seek after our gifts and ask the Lord to lead the way. However, I want to make a case for why it is important that we not shy away from our gifts nor be shy to share them (besides the fact that it is the Bible). With Christmas dissolved into memories made, and the New Year just a few days away, it is likely you have reflected to some degree on where your life is. Maybe you are like me and you like to think about where you are this year, and how far you came since last year. You are looking at all the ways you have grown. You are also painfully aware of where you would like to be. That is a place that leaves us with this nagging feeling of frustration. We all wish it would just go away already; at least I do. I will be so bold as to say that frustration is necessary. (Oh how I wish it wasn't!) Frustration prevents us from growing too comfortable and complacent. But the danger is that we can become so disillusioned by the world that we grow numb to the frustration. God has a solution for this; it's called relationship with Him.
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]“Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ! ” Romans 1:4-76 MSG[/mk_blockquote]
I feel prompted to say this specifically for someone out there: You may not be where you want to be this year. Maybe you’re single for yet another Christmas season. Maybe your family life is full of pain and tension. Perhaps you are struggling financially and cannot see the light. My friend, whatever the situation, God is using your life as we speak! The frustration you feel is not to squash you. On the contrary, you are being strengthened in this season. Can you see that?
All of this is possible only because of the gift that keeps on giving - the gift of Jesus! I know the weight of frustration from personal experience in all of the areas I mentioned above. I remember this time last year thinking about how much I felt things were stuck. Nothing I had been believing for and putting into motion had any evidence that they would come to pass (breakthrough in my business and in dating). I realized I had grown hopeless in these areas. By God's grace I obeyed His prompting to share this which brought life back to my faith. Today, if you feel I am speaking to you through my experience, I am here to say that God is waiting for you to reach out to Him. Ask Him to lead. He is faithful. Stop striving in your own strength to appease the expectations of others. The only opinion that matters when it's all said and done is that of our God. To pick up the gift that keeps on giving, (a relationship with Jesus) let's put down the expectations we have picked up through this year. As we do, this next year will be our best year yet. You will see God move more than you ever have before in your life.
I pray God’s abundant love, anointing, and an open Heaven over you and your family as you pick up your gift. Happy New Year!