Thursday, August 10, 2017

Get, Give, Grow

Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] 

and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]. 
2 Corinthians 9:10, AMP

There's an incredible feeling that wells up inside me when I know that my contribution has made a difference in someone's day.

Like the first day of school at my daughter's middle school earlier this week.

While I was ready for her to go back to school, and I was excited about the fact that I wouldn't "technically" have to substitute teach yet, I was excited to work in the office on the first day of school and help the new students learn their way around while also running messages to different classrooms.

And, while I came home very tired and with over 12,000 steps logged on my pedometer, I was energized by that sense of "I made a difference today."

I can't help but think back to the sermon at our church this past weekend about getting involved and volunteering time and talents at church. While we as parents of children with special needs may be tempted to say, "That's impossible, I don't have enough time as it is," I truly believe that God multiplies our time and our energy when we GIVE our time and our energy to him.

Look at what Paul tells the Ephesians:
...from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. 4:16 NASB
Isn't that great to think about? Being fitted together with other so our JOINTS can support one another? It's the synergy of teamwork-the experience of getting through difficult or stressful times with the cooperative effort of other grows us and makes us stronger.

But we have to PUT OURSELVES OUT THERE in order to experience it.

This doesn't mean volunteering for something you DON'T want to've got enough going on in your life that you DIDN'T sign up for!

This DOES mean identifying the gifts of the spirit that you possess and approaching your church or another organization where you CAN use those gifts.

At my church, for example, I'm on the Worship Team because I love music and I love worshiping. But, as I sat in church last weekend God spoke to my heart and told me that, since I found out recently that one of my spiritual gifts is prayer, I need to ALSO explore joining our Prayer Team. You see, if we sign on for something that is directly in line with one of our GIFTS, the time and effort we put into it will be multiplied by God and it won't FEEL like work.

So, how do YOU go about determining your spiritual gifts if you haven't yet?  You could try printing an INVENTORY type assessment like those found on the internet.  You could also check with your home church to see if they have one they recommend for small groups or volunteers.  It's important to identify your personal gifts and to work within those because that means God designed you specifically to grow yourself and others while you are walking in His Will.  This will keep you feeling energized and supported.

Maybe you feel stagnant...stuck...stymied; this is a great way to jump start a new season of growth in your life.  

Pray with me:

Heavenly Father, as we prepare to send out children back to school, where they are challenged to overcome obstacles and learn new things, help us to be so moved as well. Sometimes we forget that you never intended us to stay the SAME.  You want us to continually be growing and changing into a closer image of Jesus.  We should never settle for STUCK...create in us an appetite for AWESOME.  Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

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