We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is …. serving, then serve; if it’s teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6–8
Camping in the summer was one of my favorite activities, as a young girl. Especially camping with the cousins. We would swim, boat, play games, explore the woods and eat lots of really good food! One year while exploring the woods we found a partially built shelter. An area of about 5’x6′ had been dug out, 6″ deep, with four main posts and supporting beams. There were a couple long tree limbs nailed down on top for the roof. We had so much fun finishing that little shelter, it was the highlight of the week.
We still enjoyed our playtime, but every day we would work on our “secret fort”. We found branches from the forest to fill in the walls and roof, and lots of moss to pad the floor. We worked really hard on that fort. It gave us a sense of purpose and unity as we diligently worked to complete the project together.
People were not meant to live a life of leisure. Even as a child all day play became boring. We thrive when we have a purpose.
The Lord has given His children of variety of gifts, to use in the body of Christ and to help those who are lost. When we are using our gifts, it gives our life purpose and meaning. Even our leisure time is more fulfilling when we have purpose in our lives.
What is the Lord calling you to do, through the gifts He has given you? These gifts were not given to sit on a shelf. Use them daily and you will experience the abundant life God has promised those who love Him.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for purpose and meaning in my life. You make life so exciting and worth living. I love you Lord. Amen.