My older daughters just walked out the door to swim lessons while my toddler and I are here at home. I can hear her singing in the other room as I sit and type about this week’s verse.
My daughters and I have been talking often about finding “their thing,” their God-given gifts and talents, the set-apart uniqueness that God lovingly placed in their hearts and minds even before birth.
Is it ballet? Is it art? Piano, singing or some other musical instrument (my one daughter wants to play the tuba)? Is it swimming or soccer?
Hence the swim lessons and ballet classes. It’s why I sit next to them on the piano going over notes and fingering. It’s why I’m still waiting to hear from one girl whether she’s signing up for ballet in the fall or holding out for spring soccer.
With one daughter, the problem isn’t what—it’s how much. She’s artsy and crafty, a lover of stage performances. She wants to play the piano and the flute, sing, act, get her pointe shoes in ballet, excel at school, and be an artist.
It’s my middle girl that I check in on often. I don’t want her doing activities just because her older sister is doing them. She needs to find her own way, her own passion and joy, and then work hard to develop skill. She CAN do many things, but what is it that stirs her soul?
We were alone a few days ago and she announced from the back of the minivan (where it seems most of our conversations take place), “I know what I can really do, Mom. I can make people laugh. I think I could be a magician when I grow up and tell jokes and funny stores to make people laugh during my show.”
Hmmmm. How do you nurture a gift like that?
It’s still a process of discovery. After all, they’re little still, and we’re searching and figuring out what treasure God has placed in them.
And this is a treasure hunt for all of us. 1 Peter tells us that we have all received a gift from God. He didn’t skip over you when handing out presents from his spiritual gift and talent bag.
We have a responsibility, though, to use these gifts to serve others. No hoarding them or hiding them or using them only for our own benefit or glory. God’s goal is to unite us in service to one another.
Not only that, but we are “stewards of God’s grace.” That means when people look around and wonder where God’s grace exists, if it exists at all, they should see it in us—in the spiritual gifts He has given us and our faithful service to use them.
That’s what your crafty, artistic flare is. Or your creativity. Your musical talent or your compassion. Your generous spirit of hospitality or your athletic discipline. Your wisdom.
The gifts God has given you are deposits of grace in a world desperately impoverished. So, let’s meditate on this verse for the week and ask God to help us be faithful stewards of His grace, in whatever form He has given it to us.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms
(1 Peter 4:10 NIV).
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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