For the longest time, I’ve been trying to figure out where my gifts from God fit into His plan for me. My gift is not one of the common ones. I’m not talented in teaching children or working in the kitchen or singing so it’s been hard for me to figure out how I fit in with people wanting to share their gifts from God. In fact, sometimes I don’t feel like I fit in. But, in this journey towards bravery, I’m learning that it doesn’t matter what others think of me or my gifts. It matters what God thinks of me and how I use my gifts for His glory.
I find it appropriate that today, less than a week until Valentine’s Day, the devotional topic is about my heart, about all our hearts. I especially liked the Bible verse that was used. Psalm 86:15 says, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. What that means is that God is slow to get angry and has more love than we could know what to do with. Yes, that’s what abounding means. Very plentiful and abundant. And that is how much He loves you and me. There’s no way He could love us anymore than He does because His love goes on forever. He chose me to love, and He chose you to love. We don’t deserve it, but it flows over and over us with no end in sight. It is amazing to think of what my Lord and Savior has done for me and how much He loves me since I have no way to pay Him back.
God doesn’t want us to pay Him back though. His overwhelming love and His grace are the point of this faith we follow. We have done nothing to deserve it and will do nothing to deserve it until the day we die.
So, if we can’t do things to deserve God’s love, how do we respond to this extravagant, abounding love He has given us? I liked what the devotion had to say because it also helps me to honor the gifts He has given me. We can make life choices that honor God in response to His love. I call this a heart response. Our passions are a part of who we are, and God wants us to use them for Him. I had never thought of it that way before. When I am writing a blog post or a story or a book, I am pouring out my love for my Lord and Savior with my words. It doesn’t matter that I don’t fit in with my Christian brothers and sisters. It matters that I am loving God with the gifts He has given me. What a comfort! What a joy! My gift isn’t something I have to hide, and it’s something I can use to show God how much I love Him! Thank you, God, for loving and choosing me, and please help me have the courage to use my gift of writing for you!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!