Everyone needs to be reminded that God creates us with a calling for each of our lives. Everyone is given gifts that need to be shared with the world.
You can be an agent of change in our world. You can empower anyone, no matter what age, to make a change in their life and to follow God’s call.next >
Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.
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I heard of a woman who, when someone gave her a card with money in it, whether for a birthday or other special occasion, always saved it; not in a savings account, either. She tucked the card away with the money in it. She so valued the gift that she couldn’t bear the idea of ever getting rid of the money or the card. As an adult, she had boxes of cards tucked away with countless dollars hidden inside. Even when in desperate need for money, these gifts from loved ones went unused.
We often do the same. Many of us have talents and gifts that no one knows about or that we use or share hesitantly. You have been gifted with many talents and abilities. They may be small or large. They may be public gifts or gifts that you use privately. Whatever your gift may be, God CAN use it. Have you tucked them away? Have you developed your gifts for God to use?
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Gift-giving God, please accept my smallest and most-hidden gifts today. Allow me the chance to share my gifts in a way that shows others your love and acceptance. May others be inspired as I use my gifts to serve you. Amen.next >
It is easy to feel that we are not inspirational to others. However, each day we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be agents of inspiration and change in the lives of others. How have you been empowered by the Holy Spirit to inspire someone else? How can you make a difference in the world today?
You have the gifts, the ability and the Spirit of the Living God to inspire others.
Go! Be! Inspire!
Dale Tadlock is the associate pastor and minister to young adults and students at First Baptist Church of Waynesboro, Virginia. A graduate of Mississippi College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, he is currently serving as the president of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Youth Ministry Network. He is married to Laura and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Lindsay.
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