Word(s) for Day 6: (Different) Gifts
‘God in His kindness gave each of us different gifts.’ Romans 12:6a (GW)
The year we are wrapping up today was filled with gifts from a kind and loving God. Gifts that suit us. Gifts that reflect our God-ordained abilities and talents. Gifts that fit our age and stage of life. Different from the gifts that God has given others, your gifts are for you to develop, practice and use in the world around you, for the good of those whom your life touches, and for the glory of the One Who gave those gifts to you in the first place. Let’s finish 2012 by asking two questions that, when answered, have the potential of bringing heaven to earth in the year to come:
How am I different from others?
How might my differences be part of God’s gift for my family, my community, my church and my world?
Generous God, You give the greatest gifts! Thank You for making me just the way I am, even though I admit that there are times when I struggle to see myself as gifted. Remind me that all I ever have to be is my simple, quirky, unique self. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, help me to uncover the passion You planted within me – the Spirit-fire that ignites the gifts I find under my ‘tree’ every morning (great is Your faithfulness!). I want to embrace the life You’ve given to me as I begin another year, eager to live into my calling as You lead and coach me, one day at a time. Help me to fix my focus on serving You with my different gifts while giving others the space and encouragement they need to find themselves in You as well. Amen.