Let Your Gifts Shine

I just watched Soul Surfer yesterday, which I really liked. I'm such a wimp now when it comes to crying in movies, so I was teary-eyed through a lot of this movie. I didn't used to be that way, but anyway, one of the things that stuck out to me was at the end, when the character playing Bethany is narrating as you watch scenes of her surfing. I won't be able to quote her perfectly, but she said something like, "I'm a surfer. I was made to be a surfer. Surfing is my passion." I LOVED that, because that's how we should be with the gifts God has given us. Obviously, Bethany, in real life, is bringing glory to God because of the gift of surfing.

Only God can be so creative to use our wide array of gifts to bring him glory. I used to be humble to the point of not wanting to mention my gifts as being gifts. I didn't want to sound prideful or like I was trying to act better than someone else. But the fact is, I wasn't letting my gifts shine, and I didn't know how to let God use them.

Like Bethany, I can now say I was made to be an actress - it is my passion; I especially love to be in front of the camera, and that's part of God's glory in me. Then I discovered this new gift that I was unaware of until recently of writing. What else has God made me for? I believe that when we ask and are available to listen, God allows us to discover new passions and things that we had no idea we would even be good at. That's awesome!

God is full of adventure. There's nothing boring or dull about God! It's us that make life boring and dull, but God is patiently waiting for you to ask him to show you what you were made for and what kind of passions He's put inside of you.

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Eph. 2:10)

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