We each have a story to tell. God gave us a gift to tell our story with. There are seven motivational gifts mentioned in Romans chapter twelve. Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhorting, Giving, Organizing, Mercy. We were each born with at least one of these to help us tell our story. Our gifts are not to be valued by which we have been given, but the real value of our gifts is how we use it to help others.
Philip’s four daughters had the gift of prophesy. (Acts 21:8) This week we are writing about four little girls who had the same motivational gift. They were not better than Philip’s other kids or the little girls next door… just because they had the gift of prophecy. Proverbs eighteen tells us that our gifts make room for us and bring us before greatness.
We were geared for greatness. Every one of us has a sense of being called for something more. It’s how God made us; it’s in our DNA. We each contribute our gifts—speaking God’s word, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, caring. This is the greatness God has called us to. But all to often, something keeps us from living out our best life, our best story.
“What’s your story?” is often among the first questions I ask new friends. We all have been given a story to tell and I love hearing what they have done with their life? What have you done with the greatness that is within you? Too many times we allow things that happen to us to cause us to become paralyzed. We feel trapped and can’t or won’t go on. We feel ensnared in our story.
Don’t get stuck in your sentence! If you don’t like your story, don’t just stop. There is always a period and the next sentence begins. We all have a desire for greatness, even if it is buried deep inside and you have not acted on it because of what you think someone might say or think. At the end of your life you don’t look at your friends and ask them if you did what they wanted. At the end of your life you stand before God and He asks you, “What did you do with what I gave you?” (your gift) At some point you have to stop thinking about what other people think about your desire to be great.
Some of you might say, “But my sentence is full of curse words.” Well mine has a few of those too. I try not to say them out loud, but we all have sentences where there’s some bad words going on. (Some of us have books of bad words. If you need an editor to help you; that’s ok too.) Don’t get stuck in your sentence. There’s always a period and another one starts. You’re much greater than a sentence.
Don’t let your fear of greatness cause you to run the other way. In all four gospels we are told an argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus didn’t rebuke or even discipline them for this desire for greatness. Instead, Jesus directed them. God put greatness in them and God put greatness in you. Your motivational gift is how you will tell your story.
You have a story that needs to be lived. Don’t get stuck in your sentence.
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Your Turn: Have you learned to use your motivational gift to tell your story? Share what your gift is in the “Leave a Reply” below. ~ Cindy