You, Your Gift, And God's Glory
1 Peter 4:11
INTRODUCTION: "Many times good is the enemy of the best. Your competition for God's best is not necessarily gross sin or bad things. Good things are what usually distract you from your sweet spot. Do not be lured into this lesser approach to life. Everybody else's agenda for you does not equal God's agenda. Yes, the needs are great, but a need does not constitute an action, much less a call. This is where your courage of conviction can keep you from unwisely spreading yourself too thin. If you are scattered about in a multitude of activities, there is a good chance you will miss the focused opportunity of God's best.
Resist the temptation to be an inch deep and a mile wide. Rather, drill down on divinity's call on your life. You know how you are wired and gifted. Validate what you do best with others who know you well. Tap into their wisdom and discernment. Your present predicament may be the result of over-commitment and under-ability. You can always tell when you are not operating in the vortex of your giftedness. These worthy and good activities become a chore. Something haunts you. It is the realization that another talented person in this needed area could do a much better job than you with half the effort. It is sobering, but true. So have the courage to find a replacement for this good activity so you can focus on what you do best.
What you do best is admired by others. They celebrate your God-given skills. This is the role we all need to find for ourselves. Position yourself to excel in what you do best. However, that means having the courage and the faith to say no to good people and to good things. Mature people will understand. Others may give you a hard time. But, you can be at peace when you are in the crosshairs of God's best.
If you are a gifted teacher, do not be distracted by all the opportunities that scream for your service. There are others who can ...
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