This morning I really did not want to write a post! I was tired and it was dark and my bed just felt so wonderful and cozy. After a little debate in my head, I dragged myself out of bed and came down to my quiet study and here I sit… asking God to fill me with His Holy Spirit so He would be glorified on this page and on my blog.
I think blogging is the best job in the world! For me, it’s mostly a joy (even on very early mornings when my bed feels too good to leave). I’m not saying there aren’t frustrations and glitches and long long days, but blogging is in my wheelhouse… my sweet spot. Blogging uses many talents that come easy to me and I enjoy it immensely! It seems blogging is almost natural and second nature.
I’m often asked (even by my mother), “how do you do it”! Where do you get your creativity? And my first answer is “GOD”! Really!
Ephesians 2:10 says
FOR WE ARE GOD’S WORKMANSHIP CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS WHICH GOD PREPARED IN ADVANCE FOR US TO DO.
It is God that has gifted all of us with our talents, and aptitudes, and skills and everything we are good at!
When I was young, I took piano lessons… for five very l-o-n-g years! It was a painful experience. Although I can read music and play a little I am a nervous wreck when I sit down to a piano! It’s more of a chore than a pleasure for me and for everyone that hears me play! For years, I would start practicing Christmas carols in September just so I could pick out a few tunes on Christmas morning! As much as I tried and wished and practiced and studied… the piano was not a natural fit for me! The same with singing! Oh my goodness! Let’s just say that when God was giving out musical talent I wasn’t in that line!
But I did show up early to stand in line for other gifts! We all did! There are gifts that we ALL have. God, in His great wisdom, has created us to excel at something… many things! Some of us are brilliant or creative or merciful or helpful or puzzle solvers or diplomatic or artistic and so much more!
There are things that you and I could not or would not do that others thrive doing! And that did not happen by chance.
Think about the wonderful things you are good at… where did it come from? Our families? Well, our families can nurture our gifts for sure. But God is the giver of our gifts and talents.
And here’s the amazing thing… God knew you and planned for your and thought you out and gifted you before you were ever born! Ephesians 2:10 says that YOU are his workmanship! The Greek word is PIOEMA (poy’-ay-mah). It means a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. YOU are a masterpiece. It carries the idea of YOU being God’s poem to the world. Can you hear the word poem in PIOEMA? God gave you your talents and all that is you so that you would thrive in them and when people asked you why you are so good at something, you could say… GOD! He gave you gifts, not to squander on self-seeking pleasures or to tarnish with sin, but to magnify or show Him to the world!
I stopped my blog a few years back. It was like a death and I never thought I would blog again. I felt so strongly that God was not happy with the way I was using my gifts and the way I cared more about my blog than for HIM! And He was right… He is always right! So, in an act of obedience I put my blog away. It was a dreadful time… but a much needed time.
It was during that time that God spoke into my life through His word that HE was and is and will always be first. And I, shamefully, was not putting Him, the giver of my gifts, first!
As you can see God did restore my blog and I am so grateful… and mindful of how I use my gifts!
It really is all about God.
How are you using the talents and natural gifts God has given you? Can you imagine if we all used them to be the best at what we do… not for ourselves but to glorify God? When we use our gifts to show God to the world it’s a win win experience. We are doing what we are good at and what comes natural and what we are made to do! And we are using them so others can see our great Creator’s work… masterpiece!
Let your talents shine doing the good works God has given you long before you were born. And in doing so glorify God!
This week’s memorization verse:
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE SO BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN. Matthew 5:16.