Your Gifts Go Beyond You

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to have purpose and others seem to be going through life aimlessly? You can just tell, can’t you? Some people seem to get up in the morning and they’re excited they have the breath to breathe and want to get at life…and others seem to just exist. I believe that the difference lies in some people realizing their giftedness; they understand how they are wired and where their strengths are. And they line up what they have to do during the day with these gifts and it brings them purpose.

Jesus says that every individual has gifts, which are special abilities that can be used to encourage others.

Here is my main point: Gifts are never designed to be used just for us.

Now for those who may be reading this who do not read the Bible on a regular basis, there are two places in Scripture that list what spiritual gifts are:

  1. Romans 12:6–8
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:8–10

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There are gifts of leadership, of generosity, of service, of hospitality, etc. There are certain people who truly enjoy hosting people and bringing them to their house to serve and entertain them. Others have anxiety attacks over being a host. Some people are really good with their hands and can build incredible things. Others seem like they have no hands when they try to build something.

But, everybody has gifts! When we understand what our gifts are, we begin to understand who we are and what we are designed to do.

And, these gifts are never for ourselves, they never inward-focused.

A gift, a special skill that God gives us, is always about benefitting others and in this process of benefitting others, we are benefitted. I have mentioned this in past posts, and I’m talking about it again because I really believe that if people came to grips with who they are and the abilities God has given them, they would begin to feel purpose.

And in the process of developing these gifts, there’s a wellness and joy that begins to blossom in people because they are doing what they were designed to do. And if you don’t know what your gifts are, you can go directly to our online spiritual gifts test and learn.

So, when you get up in the morning what do you get excited about? What lights you up and gives you direction?

One last thing: Don’t put high emphasis on your weaknesses; instead, develop what God has given you and you will approach each and every day as an opportunity to fulfill your purpose here on earth.

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The Race is FINALLY HERE!

It’s finally here! For those who have trained, been in pain, and developed calluses where they didn’t think possible – we made it to the starting line.

We have runners, walkers, joggers, people who will do the 5k, the half-marathon, or the full 26-mile marathon in the Detroit Free Press Marathon this Saturday & Sunday.

For those running the half and full marathon, it’s been 26 weeks of training. We started the week of April 17th and haven’t stopped since.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: We are running for a cause.

We are running so that those without clean drinking water, in Kenya and Uganda, so can have wells put into their communities and provide the water that is so desperately needed.  

We’ve grown closer to Christ, we’ve connected, there’s been community and we’ve gotten in shape by conditioning together.

I just want to say: Well done Hope Water International Team!

This Sunday we will run together, sweat together, smile together, and cross the finish line together.

To those of you who have carved out time, worked out when you didn’t want to, and are now accomplishing more than you ever thought possible: Lives, yours included, will be changed forever. Isn’t it incredible that we can be part of something that helps us personally, helps others have a healthier life and all of it points us closer to Christ? That is an unbelievable, winning combination.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7

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Making Sense of the Media Part 1

Do you ever take a rest from the media? The negativism? The absolute avalanche of information that we can get instantaneously?

When I peer through the media haze and look, I see so many contradictions. People say one thing and do another thing.

It’s in the political ranks, it’s on social media, on talk radio. It can make your mind smoke, and it doesn’t end there. Sports, relationships, television – there are so many messages being shouted all at once that it becomes undistinguishable chatter.

It’s just caused me to think, how am I living my life? Is my life one of consistency and character because I follow Christ? Or are there contradictions in my life?

I think of those people I really respect and one thing about them is this: they are consistent. They’re consistent because they’re grounded. Because they understand who they are and they’re not trying to be something else. Because they understand their purpose and surround themselves with good people. On a regular basis they are feeding themselves with grounded guidance. Now, if you read this blog on the regular then you know that I believe grounded guidance comes straight from the Bible.

These people I’m referring to, who stay grounded through His word, also consistently grow. And when the attacks of life happen and the struggles happen and that which they never planned for happens, they don’t fall apart. They grow through it.

And they’re life is not one of contradictions but one of consistency.

I want to be a consistent man who loves God, who loves others, and who looks out for the interest of others. That often means I need to unplug from the media and plug into the word of God.

How about you?

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. ~ Isaiah 40:8

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