Reading: I Peter 4: 10
At Christmastime or your birthday, when someone gives you a gift, what do you do with it? Do you sit it on the shelf at home and watch it collect dust? Do you put it aside, paying no attention to what might be in the wrapped box? Or, do you open it, anticipating using whatever is given to you- glad to make the giver happy for what they have shown toward you?
Each one of us has gifts. No, not the kinds we receive at holidays and special occasions, but the gifts that God gave us. They are our talents and strengths and things that we are good at doing. As gift-possessors, we also need to be gift stewards. We need to take care of the gifts God has given us and use them to the glory of God and the good of our fellow humans.
How can you do this? If you are good a music, you could sing in the church choir. If you are good at teaching, you can use that gift to teach Sunday school or Bible studies. If you are good at athletics, you can us that gift to show others how to play games and help them develop their athletic skills. Perhaps your gift is cooking and you have been called to make food for those who need it or share your culinary knowledge and talent with others.
Our gifts should never collect dust. That was definitely not God’s intent when God blessed you with your gifts. Identify what you are good at and use those gifts. Share them with others! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Write down some of the ways you use your gifts to help others, or ways you plan to do that in the near future. Put those pieces of paper in a small box and wrap it with gift wrap or newspaper. Place it in your home as a reminder to use your gifts. Open the box at some time in the future to see if you've done what you wrote down today.
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