Chase Your Gift

I don’t have to look far or search long for someone who identifies sorely with the memory of feeling overlooked. Some describe the experience as hurtful and disrespectful. There certainly isn’t glory in the actualization of being ignored. That moment when you realize, in the grand scheme of things, you don’t matter to someone. Yet, our human desire to be seen and to keep up with someone else’s convoluted practice of self-glorification as the prescription to wellness in these uncertain times, oozes like an open wound that never heals and is sensitive to touch – sensitive to the touch and move of our Creator in our lives. Man says make up the rules as you go along, indulge in manipulation, hate your neighbor. God says have no other gods before Him, do good, and love your neighbor as yourself. God also advises us to resist self-glorification and to chase after the gift(s) He created within us while we were in the womb. “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:1).”

Chasing our precious gift(s) from God keeps us under His protection and guidance. We become in-sync with the one who created us and bound to the one who is actively forming us in fascinating ways to His likeness. Our importance to someone else becomes minute and does not compare to how God sees us. God says we matter in all of our transforming moments. The glory of those experiences belong to God. Take none for yourself but give all the glory to God, our Creator. “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being (Revelation 4:11).”

Defy man and walk down the road less traveled, giving God the glory. Be well. Live well.

“Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. If you have the gift of speaking, preach God’s message. If you have the gift of helping others, do it with the strength that God supplies. Everything should be done in a way that will bring honor to God because of Jesus Christ, who is glorious and powerful forever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)

Where Ya Headed?

I remember it like it was yesterday. My siblings and I were in the car with my mother during a bad storm. It had been raining really bad and it was very dark outside. In order to get to our destination we had to cross a bridge that was known to flood during heavy rain. I guess my mother was hoping it wasn’t going to flood that day. She drove very slowly as we inched our way toward the bridge in the darkness. Before we knew it we could hear water and my mother hollered in a panic. The front of the car was almost covered in water! I remember thinking we were going to drown that day and judging by the looks on my siblings’ faces, they thought the same. But as soon as I thought it, I heard my mother change the gears, putting the car in reverse, and I felt the car move backward. We were backing out of harm’s way! After getting a safe distance away, my mother turned the car around to head in a new direction, one that would take us the long way around.

You have found yourself in a bit of a mess. You’ve traveled down a road that has left you feeling ‘dead in the water’. You’re stuck and you’ve been stuck for a minute, yet you tell yourself you don’t know how you got stuck. It happens. But there’s a jewel laying there in front of you. You don’t have to stay stuck. Back up and turn around! Many times our ‘stuck’ situations are the results of moving too fast, too soon, trying to get to a destination that requires a slower pace and divine timing. Be patient and do the work to go down the road less traveled, where God would have you to be. Your direction and pace has gotten you stuck too many times. Slow down! Be careful that you don’t move so fast that you’re ahead of God. The Bible says in Matthew 7:13-14,

 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” (The Message Bible)

Come on. Re-focus! Begin heading in God’s direction.