To love others, respect others and to promote and receive the unconditional love of God.
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. ~The Message
I have been attending a class for the past few weeks called, “Pursuing Your Unique Purpose,” there’s a group of 14 of us, all actively searching and finding our “uniqueness.” Preparing for class tonight I looked at my life and the things I do on a daily basis and then reviewed my spiritual gifts, at first I was trying to squeeze my gifts into my life but when I looked at all the things I do and I saw my gifts more clearly and in a very real way. I do love people and I find it very easy to smile because I am truly happy and immensely blessed on a daily basis. We all have our routines and people we meet daily but what about the random people we walk past as if they are invisible? You could be the difference in their life just by smiling or saying hello and maybe not but is that something you can live with? I am not saying I follow this every single day, sometimes I am on the receiving end and I am thankful that someone cared enough to smile and say hello and on occasion someone will ask how I am…and wait for my response. How great is that!
If you have never completed a spiritual assessment, I encourage you to do so, not for the benefit of others but simply for yourself. I am sure you will find gifts that will solidify your knowledge of the things that bring you pure joy. I discovered my gifts are giving, intercession and mercy. After digging into each I found that I could relate to giving because it comes so natural to me, it’s like breathing to me, I just do it. Intercession was a bit more complicated for me but after reviewing its definition and the application I was able to see that my intercession is my involvement and participation in the lives of my friends and family as well as my church community and I earnestly seek to have them in my thoughts and prayers. I have a clear vision of what Paul meant when he wrote, I Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, praying without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We can pray anytime and anywhere, just as we are constantly in conversation with family and friends, that is what God wants with us. Talk with Him throughout your day, He wants to be a part of everything we do and say. For me, pray without ceasing is including God in every part of my being. We are all human and we will sin, disappoint and perhaps even deny Him…His love is sufficient for all and it is completely unconditional. It can be difficult to understand the unconditional component of God’s love because we live and breathe in a very conditional world. Remember we are to be in the world not of the world, our future is Heaven and this conditional world will pass away. John 15:19, “If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world-therefore the world hates you.” Now onto my third spiritual gift, mercy. This one was also not immediately clear to me, but after defining and reading about mercy I found the simplest term is compassion. caring for others in pain wanting to alleviate it if only through pray and conversation. Often times people in distress need someone to talk with, someone who will listen and not judge them. It is an incredible feeling to be able to verbalize and/or express our fears and disappointments, it’s not answers people seek most, it is the releasing of the things kept locked up inside. My mission is to continue learning about my gifts and to share them with others. One last component I have not mentioned is boundaries. It is important to know where you are foundationally, life has to be reciprocal in that something goes out and something comes in. It is important to not over-extend ourselves using our gifts, keeping God in the center of our lives is key. For me, starting my day with God keeps Him close and feeling HIs presence through the Holy Spirit is my comfort.
All that we are and all that we have are from God, thanks be to God. Amen!
I would challenge you to take the spiritual assessment and start exploring your unique gifts.
I have included web-sites below for assessments on the web and reference to the biblical passages mentioned.