Daily Devotional – 3/7/13 “What’s in a gift?”

I’ve been working on a new book, the past few months that I just published to Amazon on yesterday that isn’t a devotional book but it is a work of fiction (for a mature audience). Yea, I know that someone will ask how I can go from writing devotionals to writing fiction but its simple, just change a few words. See, when God blessed me with this gift He didn’t stipulate that it only be used for spreading His word but He said for me to use it and so I shall. Yea, I know this book won’t be for everybody and I’m ok with that but please don’t think that I am doing less than what God has for me because of it. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him,” and this is what I do every day.

I’ve learned in my years of living that Christian folk can be some of the most judgmental folks when they shouldn’t be and they can also be the most hurtful but that’s another topic. However, whatever gift you’ve been blessed with; use it! You think that because God blessed you with a gift of cooking that you should only cook in the church but baby, if paying your bills mean you have to cook for the late night club crowd, do it because you are using your gift. You’ve been blessed with a gift of sewing and you think that you should only sew long skirts and long sleeved shirts but baby, there are other folks who need clothes and they may just want them a little short, do it because it doesn’t mean that you are forfeiting your gift but it means you are using what God has given you. Don’t allow folks to run you away from the gift that God has given you because 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” All I am trying to get you to see is, no matter what your gift is; use it and when you use it, use it to the best of your God given ability. You don’t have to prove stuff to man because they surely won’t prove it to you. You don’t have to get the approval of man to be the best you can be because you’ve already received the ultimate approval from the only man that matters and that’s God. Should you care about what people think, yes; but not at the expense that it stops you from living? What’s in the gift that you have? Well, if you don’t use it, you’ll never know.

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4 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 3/7/13 “What’s in a gift?”

  1. Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.” Exodus 36:2 (NIV)

    The International Christian Retail Show is a big book convention where publishers, authors, agents, media, and bookstore owners all gather to talk shop. Books are pitched. Books are sold. Books are talked about a lot!

    I went to this conference years ago when I was a wanna-be writer with a book proposal and a dream. Last year, as I signed pre-release copies of my 16th book Unglued, two thoughts went through my mind.

    First … thank You Jesus that people actually came to my book signing. Seriously, there’s nothing quite like standing there with a big stack of free promotion books, a permanent marker, and not a soul interested.

    So when people actually came, I just wanted to hug every single one of them. Seriously. And if I had lots of money I would’ve bought them all a steak dinner. I’m not kidding.

    The second thought was … look for those desperate for your encouragement. Many who came through my book signing line were interested in writing a book. I remember being there. I know what it feels like to walk around with a tote bag full of book proposals and a heart full of nervous hope.

    I felt the weight of responsibility to give them the encouragement I so desperately needed when I was in their shoes.

    Maybe you are there right now. Maybe you’re looking to actively pursue your dreams in this New Year. Whether it’s the hope of being an author or another dream you have bumping around in your heart, here’s what I’ve learned:

    Always remember, rejection from man doesn’t mean rejection from God.
    If God has gifted you to write, write! You don’t need a book deal to have an impact with your writing. The same is true with other dreams … sing, create, teach, paint, develop — use your gifts right where you are to bless others.

    Most overnight success stories are years in the making.
    Value the daily discipline of small steps, hard work, honing your craft, and putting in time learning and developing. Take classes. Be mentored. Push through those moments you want to slack off. And do it over and over, year after year.

    Be a blessing to others.
    Don’t keep your work to yourself. Find people who could be blessed with your work. I love to write. But what I love more than writing is seeing my writing help other people. That’s where I find the encouragement to push through the hard times.

    Expect opposition.
    The challenges and disappointments and set backs are all part of it. And honestly, these hard times serve a great purpose. I’ve learned much more from my failures in writing than my successes. Use these lessons … don’t waste them by giving up too soon. And remember to glorify Him whether it’s a struggle or a success. God uses all things for good.

    Look for the small open doors right in front of you.
    I always scratch my head when I meet people who tell me they want to write and speak but aren’t willing to teach a small Bible study first. If God is calling you to do something — He’ll have a door open in front of you. But it might be a small door. Look for the small door and walk through it.

    Actually, dance through it with great joy because He will always do great things with people willing to be faithful in the small.

    Dear Lord, I praise You for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. I am so humbled that You would call me to serve You. Please help me persevere as I come up against opposition and frustration in the process of saying “yes” to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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    Reflect and Respond:
    What goal are you looking to reach?

    What small step toward that goal can you take today? Remember, we can’t go directly from A-Z. There are many stepping stones along the way.

    Surround yourself with a positive support network. Having a strong group of friends/family who will stand with you and be honest with you on your journey is crucial.

    Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” (NIV)

  2. Kisha I juz had to forward today’s words of Encouragment with you today they both juz seem to tied in together. Be ENCOURAGED, use the gift that has been given to you from the FATHER. I will be looking forward to reading your book just as well as I read your Devotionals. GOD BLESS & keep you!!!

  3. “Have faith in God.”
    Mark 11:22

    Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the foot which carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag heavily. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the inclination nor the power to do anything in the service of God. If you would find the men who serve God the best, you must look for the men of the most faith. Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God.

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