Start Stirring…and Don’t Stop (2)

Start Stirring…and Don’t Stop (2)

“A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.”  Pr 17:8

Paul speaks of “the gift of God” in you (2Ti 1:6-7). It isn’t something you learn; it’s something He gives you, and nobody else can activate it for you. You ‘stir’ it up by developing and using it. Solomon said, “A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.” Your gift will enrich many different areas in your life, not all of which are financial. While money is the wrong reason to devote your life to something, developing your God-given gift is rewarding on multiple levels. Unfortunately, many people are jealous of other people’s gifts. Don’t waste time on jealousy; it’s a gift-robber, an energy-drainer, and besides, you should be so busy stirring up your own gift that you’ve no time for envy. When Louis Armstrong auditioned for music school he was asked to sing scales. But he could only sing two notes properly, so they wrote him off. Armstrong cried when he was rejected, but later told his friends, “There’s music in me and they can’t keep it out.” Consequently, he went on to become one of the world’s most successful, beloved musicians, selling more records than others who were more talented. We’re all born originals, but many of us settle for becoming carbon copies. Think: if you become like everybody else and join the rat race, even if you do win, that just makes you a Big Rat! Your gift will make room for you (See Pr 18:16). So go ahead and fill the slot God designed for you.

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1. cassandra brown wrote:
Much thanks for daily TEW. So often my daily prayers are thanking God for His blessings or asking Him to use me and these thoughts and desires are usually provoked and/or enhanced by devotionals I've read in TEW. Thank you. I desire to be better and live in service to my God.
Today, I'm thinking of how I've wasted my life. I am a trained musician. I've played classical, secular, and non-secular. I've been praised, rewarded and awarded for my skills as a pianist. However, I thought it was all me. I never gave God glory, acknowledgement or thanks for the talent. Today, I'm no longer able to use the talent. For reasons I won't get into, I lost my hearing and can't even hear the music. I am still physically able to play, I just can't hear it. I don't believe God is through with me. The music was a talent but I wonder, what's my gift? I want God to use my gift whatever it is to glorify Him, not me. Pray for me that the gift will come out and bless all concerned.
Thanks again for stirring my mind, heart and soul every morning.
A friend in Christ.

Tue, October 15, 2013 @ 7:44 AM

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